Reese Strikes Again: Nicks, Sintim and Beatty

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: Hakeem Nicks, Clint Sintim and William Beatty.

Nicks the Pick

1. Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina

Selecting Hakeem Nicks in the 29th slot of the first round was an excellent pick, but we were surprised they did not trade this pick for an established receiver like Braylon Edwards or Anquan Boldin. The Giants are a "now" team. They are built to win now. The last piece of the puzzle was to add a lead wide receiver to replace Plaxico Burress. They didn't do that. Nicks is more of a future pick than someone who can walk right in and immediately replace Plaxico Burress. Of course, there is still a possibility of a trade taking place, but right now Nicks figures to be a year or two away. What we like the most about Nicks is that he has excellent hands. We love the idea of him snagging Bad Eli's wild throws. When Eli is in one of his funks, throwing high and wide ducks, there is a great chance Nicks will pull them in. There is no receiver in this draft who could be as great an aide to Eli as Nicks.

Sintim Strong

2a. Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia

Linebacker was one of the four main needs the Giants had going into the draft and in Clint Sintim it looks like they found a potential starter. Sintim has pass rush potential with long arms and big hands. Although he played in a 3-4 at Virginia, Sintim projects well to a 4-3 strong side LB. He has experience matching up with the TE. He also has the requisite toughness at the point of attack. Sintim takes surprisingly good drops in coverage. With his addition the future strong and weak side (Michael Boley) LBs are on board. Next year they need to find the replacement for Antonio Pierce.

Beatty a Beast

2b. William Beatty, OT, Connecticut

Beatty lasted as long as he did because he has a reputation of being lazy and unwilling to put the effort into becoming a great player. He should have been selected much sooner. He has tremendous athletic ability and the great feet necessary to become an outstanding left tackle. The plan is for him to eventually replace David Diehl at LT and have Diehl move inside to guard where he would be an excellent fit. All of this depends on how hard Beatty is willing to work.