Giants 2007 Draft: TGI Makes The Picks

We are well into the 2007 free agency period and to date Jerry Reese and the Giants have done very little. Except for trading for Reuben Droughns and signing FB Vonta Leach to an RFA offer sheet, the offseason has been marked by subtractions rather than additions.

LaVar Arrington, Carlos Emmons, Luke Petitgout, Jay Feely, Visanthe Shiancoe, Chad Morton, Tim Carter, Bob Whitfield and Frank Walker are all gone. The most critical loss is Tiki Barber, who retired. Droughns, a back whose best days are behind him, was going to be released by Cleveland.

Now most, if not all, of the blue-chip free agents are off the market. What are left to sift through are the second-tier free agents, most of whom are suspects rather than prospects. This in turn puts a lot of pressure on New York's 2007 draft to produce capable replacements. If it's true that Reese ‘ran' the last several drafts, is that really a confidence boost for Giants fans? We think not. If Reese, through his inactivity, is trying to grease the skids for Tom Coughlin, then he's doing a great job so far. The team as it stands today is not nearly as good as the team that ended last season. If this is truly a win or else year, then poor Tom is in big trouble.

Before we get to the draft board, let's start with the Giants' current needs. Linebacker and corner appear to be the prime needs with wide receiver following closely behind. A reserve offensive lineman, a backup tight end and a safety are also positions that must be addressed. The good news is that by the 20th pick there is a good possibility only one corner, Leon Hall from Michigan, and one LB, Patrick Willis from Mississippi, are fairly certain to be off the board. Willis is a LB we have great interest in and if for some reason he were to slide to 20 we would jump on him immediately. While he played middle linebacker at Ole Miss, he is big enough, strong enough, fast enough and athletic enough to play either weak or strong LB. We would have no problem lining him up on either side of Antonio Pierce. Unfortunately, we think he will be gone. That leaves us with four other very good prospects that could immediately help the Giants.

Round One

Jon Beason, LB, Miami – Beason, 6-0, 237, is an average athlete for the position. His 4.7 time at the Combine was slightly disappointing, but he makes up for his lack of straight-ahead speed with very good movement skills. He is a little shorter than ideal, but he is a hard worker and a hard hitter. He can really lay the wood to a ball-carrier. He uses his hands well.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State – Besides making our editor KP very happy, Pos is a very good prospect. He is 6-2, 238 and runs a 4.7 in the 40. Of these three LBs, he grades out the highest in athletic ability and quickness. Though his final season was not quite as good as previous years, he is a playmaker. He's mentally and physically tough and we think his best NFL position will be outside. He plays with excellent range.

Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State – Timmons is a very good athlete at 6-1 and 234. He ran a 4.6 40 at the Combine, where he also showed very good quickness and lateral skills. He is a productive player who improved every year and has a knack for making big plays. He's an intense player who is competitive and tough. He plays with good body control and change of direction.

Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas – At 5-10, 185, Houston is a sensational athlete. He ran a 4.38 40 and of the 29 corners who worked at the Combine we had him ranked third when considering all of the events. He excels in man-to-man coverage and has shut down some of the best receivers in college ball, including Dwayne Jarrett from USC and Robert Meachem from Tennessee, two potential first-round picks. He is physical and has a great burst to close on the ball.

It's time to make our first-round pick. We believe Chris Houston is too good to pass up. He fills a need position and we would expect him to step in immediately and help their weak pass defense. Sorry Kenny, we know you were hoping for Posluszny, but with the first-round pick, the Giants select Arkansas CB Chris Houston.

Round Two

We took a corner in round one so now we are hoping either an LB or a WR will be available in round two and there should be some. Before the trade for Droughns, we really were hoping for an RB with this pick, namely Lorenzo Booker from Florida State. We had our heart set on him. He would have been the perfect complement to Brandon Jacobs. In our opinion, Droughns is too much like Jacobs. Anyway, back to the job at hand. Here are some players who should interest the Giants.

Stewart Bradley, LB, Nebraska – Bradley is a good athlete also. He's 6-4, 254 and ran a 4.7 in the 40. Out of 50 linebackers that worked at the Combine he graded 10th-best by our formula. He is strong and physical against the run. He is versatile enough to play any LB spot in any package. He works hard and he showed well at the Senior Bowl. He can be a three-down LB.

Craig Davis, WR, LSU – Davis was one of JaMarcus Russell's favorite targets at LSU. He's 6-2, 207 with a 4.46 40 time. He has the speed to get deep as well as the courage to go across the middle. He runs sharp patterns with good footwork and body balance.

Jason Hill, WR, Washington State – Hill is an excellent athlete. He's 6-1, 204 and runs a blazing 4.36 40. We graded 45 WRs at the Combine and he finished fourth. He's a big-play receiver with very good hands. He has the quickness to beat press coverage. He can get up and catch the ball at its highest point.

This is a difficult decision. Adding a big-play receiver is a good idea and very tempting; however, we are skeptical of the LB talent after this round. Our thinking is we better get a LB while we can. So with our pick in the second round the Giants select Nebraska LB Stewart Bradley.

Round Three

Right now we are shopping for value and to fill needs at the same time. The good drafting teams make hay beginning in the third round and throughout the rest of the draft. There are three WRs that we like that could be available in round three.

David Clowney, WR, Virginia Tech – Clowney is 6-0, 188 and he runs a documented 4.40. He's a vertical downfield threat. He has good athletic ability as well as quick feet.

Johnny Lee Higgins, WR, Texas-El Paso – Higgins is 5-11, 186 and runs a 4.50 in the 40. He makes plays and is durable. He has good run-after-catch skills and plays faster than his recorded speed. He has long arms and can get up to catch the ball.

Aundrae Allison, WR, East Carolina – Allison is 6-0, 198. He runs a 4.41 40 and did well at the Senior Bowl. He flashes big-play ability and can make the tough catch. He has explosive movement and suddenness.

All of these receivers have NFL skills. The Giants need a receiver to groom to eventually replace Amani Toomer. Of these three, we believe the one with the most upside is Aundrae Allison. So with their pick in round three, the Giants select East Carolina WR Aundrae Allison.

Round Four

So far we've selected a CB, an LB and a WR. Now we are looking for players. On the second day of the draft we usually find guys that don't test out well athletically, but can play so they warrant a shot. Some excellent players were selected on the second day and with the Giants inactivity in free agency, they need to have some hits in the later rounds of this draft. Three players pique our interest in round four.

Antonio Johnson, DT, Mississippi State – Johnson is 6-3, 310 and he runs the 40 in 5.2. He is explosive off the snap and he plays with strength and leverage. He has natural strength and he can run down a play from behind.

Kareem Brown, DT, Miami – Brown is 6-4, 290 and clocked a 5.05 in the 40. He has the frame to add more bulk. He pushes the pocket with his bull rush. He hustles and he can make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Eric Weddle, S, Utah – Weddle is 5-11 203 and he runs a 4.52 40. He has good versatility; he has played several positions, including corner and nickel LB. He will be a safety in the NFL. He's competitive, strong and tough. He is a playmaker who has been productive throughout his career.

So, in round four, the Giants select Utah S Eric Weddle, who could be a fourth-round steal.

Round five

We continue to search for hidden treasures in the fifth round. We need to find players that have potential and with hard work may turn out to be someone.

Ryan Keenan, G/T, Northwestern – Keenan is 6-4, 295 and he runs a 5.1 in the 40. He has decent feet and would be someone worth working with. He has experience at both guard and tackle. He's a physical player who is both tough and durable.

Joe Newton, TE, Oregon State – Newton is 6-7, 257 and runs a 4.9 40. He has the potential to be a good blocker. He is a good short-to-intermediate receiver but doesn't have the speed necessary to get deep. He has good hands.

They need to find a tight end to back up Jeremy Shockey, preferably a good blocker who can make plays in the short range. With their fifth-round pick, the Giants select Oregon State Joe Newton.

Round Six

In the sixth round we are looking at a couple of players who could be there for the Giants.

David Patterson, DT, Ohio State – Patterson is 6-2, 285 and he runs a 5.1 40. He can be productive as an inside pass rusher and run stopper. He needs to add a little more bulk. Consistency has been a question with him.

Brandon Frye, OT, Virginia Tech – Frye is 6-4, 301. He runs 5.1 in the 40. For a big man he is very athletic. Though he is rather inexperienced at OT, he showed toughness and agility. At this point he is a better run blocker than pass blocker, but he has good upside.

With their pick in round six, the Giants select Virginia Tech OT Brandon Frye. He is a project for sure, but he could develop into a player.

Round Seven

By this round, we are really just hoping to get lucky. You want to find a player who is a good athlete that can be coached into becoming NFL caliber. We have two players in mind here.

Yamon Figurs, WR/RS, Kansas State – Figurs is 5-11, 174 and runs a blazing 4.35 time in the 40. He has great movement skills, but he has a slight frame. He can be a potent return specialist. At best, he could be a fourth or fifth receiver.

Jared Zabransky, QB, Boise State – Zabransky is 6-2, 219. He ran a 4.58 40 at the Combine. Although he is a QB, several teams are looking at him as a safety because of his size and athletic ability. His arm is not strong enough to be an NFL QB. We believe he can make the conversion.

With their original pick in the seventh round, the Giants select Kansas State WR/RS Yamon Figurs. The Giants need to replace Chad Morton and Figurs has exciting speed. And with their compensatory pick, New York tabs Boise State QB Jared Zabransky.

Draft Recap:

1) Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas

2) Stewart Bradley, LB, Nebraska

3) Aundrae Allison, WR, East Carolina

4) Eric Weddle, S, Utah

5) Joe Newton, TE, Oregon State

6) Brandon Frye, OT, Virginia Tech

7a) Yamon Figurs, WR/RS, Kansas State

7b) Jared Zabransky, QB, Boise State

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