TGI Handles The Draft: Rounds 6 & 7

The Giants have all seven of their own picks in the draft. So far, they have not traded any away or received any from trades. The compensatory picks have not been announced yet; we are unsure if they will receive any or, if they do, what round they will be.

Round Six – In the last two rounds we are not so much concerned with filling a need as we are with finding players at almost any position. They will fall into one of two categories: athlete or player. If they were both they would have been picked by now.

Here are some sixth round possibilities: O'Brien Schofield, LB, Wisconsin; Clifton Geathers, DE, South Carolina; Nate Byham, TE, Pittsburgh and Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina.

Of this group the player who interests us the most is Nate Byham. He is an old-fashioned knock your socks off blocker who can catch a little as well. He is not real fast, but he can get open in the short range. The Giants will no longer have to put an offensive lineman in the TE blocking position.

Round Six: Nate Byham, TE, Pittsburgh

Round Seven – We continue our quest to find a hidden gem. We know that is easier said than done, but you never know who might fall through the cracks.

Some players who could be around in Round Seven are: Freddie Barnes, WR, Bowling Green; Kevin Basped, DE, Nevada; Matt Tennant, C, Boston College; and Mitch Petrus, G, Arkansas.

There are two unique players here. Petrus tied a Combine record by bench-pressing 225 pounds 45 times. That is phenomenal. So why would he be around in round seven if he is strong as a bull? Well, he doesn't play like he lifts, but he is certainly worth a seventh round gamble. The other unique player is Barnes, who set an NCAA record for receptions in a single season with an absolutely amazing 155 catches. Surprisingly, Barnes was not even invited to the Combine. That's a very impressive record but we think we will go for the steak over the sizzle and take Matt Tennant, the center from Boston College. Tennant is 6-5 and 300. He could be groomed to be Shaun O'Hara's eventual replacement. He is a decent athlete, but we like his intelligence.

Round Seven: Matt Tennant, C, Boston College

Sabo's summary:

6. Nate Byham, TE, Pittsburgh
7. Matt Tennant, C, Boston College

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