Reese Strikes Again: Barden and Beckum

It's hard to argue that Giants GM Jerry Reese had another strong haul of draft picks during the final weekend of April. Here's how Jim Sabo broke down the Giants Draft Class of 2009. During the next several days we'll take a closer look at each of New York's nine draft choices. In this installment: Ramses Barden and Travis Beckum.

High Hopes for Barden

3a. Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly

Ramses Barden was selected with the hope that he will eventually replace Burress in the red zone. He should become a tremendous weapon because of his great size. At 6-6, 229, Barden will be a physical presence for Eli. He has good hands and was extremely productive in college. Granted he played a lower level of competition at Cal Poly, but he dominated. He does not have the speed of Burress, but he makes up for it with size; he will be a legitimate red zone threat. Beckum a Real Threat

3b. Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin

TE was one of their other main needs and they filled that spot perfectly with Travis Beckum, a receiving TE. This is not a knock on Kevin Boss because we believe he will continue to improve every year. We have not seen his ceiling yet. Beckum is a productive vertical threat with speed and consistent hands. Injuries cut his last year at Wisconsin short. He will battle Darcy Johnson more than Mike Matthews for a roster spot. He does not have the size to be a consistent blocker. He gives Eli another deep seam option.

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