TGI Handles The Draft: Rounds 4 & 5

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 Four – So far we've taken two LBs and an OT. Now we are looking for players who project to the pro game. They are not complete packages; they may be very athletic, or may be players that simply fill a need. We will try to stay true to our rating as we make the remaining picks. In this round and the next we will be looking primarily at corners and defensive tackles, but we will still be watching out for value.

Players we are considering with this pick are: Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida; D'Anthony Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech; Art Jones, DT, Syracuse; Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama and Austen Lane, DE, Murray State.

Arenas is a fascinating player. He may be best-suited to fill the role of the departed Kevin Dockery, a nickel or dime corner that would cover the slot receiver. We don't see him as a starter. But we also see him as an excellent kick and punt returner and special teams player. He is an enigma though as he is only 5-9 and 197, and did not run particularly fast for a smaller player when he posted a 4.6 at the Combine. What he has is exceptional quickness and great moves. He can make people miss. That makes him a dangerous returner. DT Art Jones is a mauler. The best part of his game is his toughness. He is well-equipped at 6-3 and 301 to handle the tough sledding in the pit. He is not a great sack guy, but he will push the pocket. This is a very tough pick, but we will go with Art Jones because we can envision him being part of the DT rotation and eventually working his way into substantial playing time, where Arenas would be more of a situational player.

Round Four: Art Jones, DT, Syracuse

Round Five – We continue our hunt for players who can do at least one thing well and with good coaching may turn into a player. It's getting late in the draft and we want to draft at least one corner. Amari Spievey, Iowa; Devin Ross, Arizona and Brian Jackson from Oklahoma are all corners we would consider here.

Of this group the one that stands out the most to us is Amari Spievey from Iowa. He has decent corner size at 5-11 and 195 and he runs well in the 4.5 range. We like that he is physical in both run support and jamming the receiver. He also has long arms at 32 inches, which is good for a corner.

Round Five: Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa

Sabo's summary:

4. Art Jones, DT, Syracuse
5. Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa
6. Nate Byham, TE, Pittsburgh
7. Matt Tennant, C, Boston College

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