Grading the Draft: Giants

Sometime prior to the '04 NFL draft the New York Giants decided Eli Manning would be the team's future. The price to acquire Manning was steep and included a first round selection in this years draft. With only four total choices in all seven rounds the Giants would have to draft wisely after a losing season.

If cornerback Corey Webster left school after the 2004 season he would have likely been a first round pick. But after struggling through his senior season Webster watched his draft stock slip significantly.  Still, he offers the Giants a player with the ability to start in the NFL and was good value.  Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck was considered a first round talent by many scouts. Getting him in the third round was a major coup for the Giants who are in need of better defensive ends and must find an heir apparent for Michael Strahan. Tuck could produce for the team as a rookie. Once the top junior college prospect in the nation, Brandon Jacobs transferred from Auburn to Southern Illinois after being unable to find enough playing time behind Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams. Jacobs is a huge back who impressed scouts with his playing speed at the Shrine Game in January. With Ron Dayne no longer a Giant, Jacobs could be in line to be the primary backup for Tiki Barber. FSU defensive end Eric Moore offers the Giants another defensive end prospect. Moore will likely be used as a situational pass rusher as a rookie and must earn his wage on special teams.

The Giants signed several solid free agents who have a real shot to make the squad.  Adrian Awasom could be a terrific back-up at the left defensive end spot if he makes football a priority.  Though Derek Wake is probably better off in a 34 defense, who could grow into a pass rushing end.  

Though handicapped with only a few choices, the Giants did a nice job of adding players that can help the team immediately as well as down the line. All things considered, this was a great effort by Big Blue. Both Diamond Ferri and James Butler were outstanding signings.

RD   Pick Player Pos School
2   11 (43)   Corey Webster *   CB   LSU  
3   10 (74)   Justin Tuck *   DE   Notre Dame  
4   9 (110)   Brandon Jacobs *   RB   Southern Illinois  
6   12 (186)   Eric Moore   DE   Florida State  

UDFA Signings: RB Mike Jemison, RB Ryan Grant, WR Brandon Smith, TE Darius Williams, OT Kyle Wallace, OG Alex Bell, C Andrew Tidwell-Neal, DT Jonas Seawright, DE Adrian Awasom, DE Brad Eddins, OLB Derek Wake, MLB Joe Scott, CB Antwain Spann, CB Ahmad Treaudo, CB Michael Bragg, SS Diamond Ferri, FS James Butler

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