Jayron Hosley of the Virginia Tech Hokies intercepts a pass in the third quarter against of the Michigan Wolverines during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft: Grading The NFC East

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Analyzing The NFC East [VIDEO]

How did the New York Giants fare in the 2012 NFL Draft in comparison to the other three teams in the NFC East. Well, let's look at NFL Draft grades for team. Below you will find a video review from SB Nation football analysts. Before we get to that, though, some quick thoughts on each team.

New York Giants -- Most analysts seem unsure about the Giants' selection of Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 32nd overall pick at the end of Round 1. Reality, though, is Wilson was the best running back available at New York's biggest position of need. The pick of LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle at the end of the second round (63rd) has drawn raves. In the third round, cornerback Jayron Hosley was a value pick. The Giants two fourth-round selections, Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson and Auburn offensive tackle Brandon Mosley are intriguing. [Full List of Picks]

Philadelphia Eagles -- The Eagles have been widely praised. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (Round 1), linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Round 2) and defensive end Vinny Curry (Round 3) all look like exceptional picks. Cornerback Brandon Boykin is great value in Round 4. Huge defensive upgrade for Philly. [Full List Of Picks]

Dallas Cowboys -- Made an excellent first-round move, trading up to get LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Second-round pick Tyron Crawford, a defensive end, is intriguing. Are there any other impact players here? Not sure. [Full List Of Picks]

Washington Redskins -- This is why the down-trodden Redskins have been, and will probably continue to be down-trodden. Robert Griffin III in the first round was the pick Washington had to make, and he should be terrific. But, why quarterback Kirk Cousins of Michigan State in the fourth round, a guy you hope will never play? And third-round pick Josh LeRibeus was seen as late-round value by most analysts. [Full List Of Picks]

2012 NFL Draft Grades and Analysis: NFC East Edition (via sbnation)


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2012 NFL Draft Grades, New York Giants: Mel Kiper Says C+

The 2012 NFL Draft is over, and that means times for NFL Draft Grades. Mel Kiper of ESPN rated the New York Giants work a C+. Here is what Kiper said.

“I had running back as the top need for the Giants, and they got one with their first pick. David Wilson should be productive, but I think they really would have preferred Doug Martin. I might have gone with an O-lineman there, but the Giants have capably kept things patched up for a couple years, and will have to continue to do so, because they didn’t get a tackle until the fourth round. Brandon Mosley has a shot (he’s the No. 13-ranked offensive tackle on my board), but you don’t want him starting in Week 1. Rueben Randle lacks explosiveness, but he was a pretty good value as the last pick in Round 2. Clearly, the NFL thought he’d be gone far higher — he was the last player in the green room. Jayron Hosley is a really instinctive corner, and I wouldn’t have thought he’d still be around based on his sophomore year. But he regressed in 2011. He can cover, but he lacks a physical element to his game. Some helpful pieces, but Wilson needs to provide impact.”

Here is the full list of Giants’ selections. Giants fans certainly won’t be happy with the Kiper grade. Head over to Big Blue View for more discussion and analysis of the draft.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Full List Of New York Giants Picks

After 253 picks and three days, the 2012 NFL Draft is complete. The New York Giants made a total of seven picks – five of them on the offensive side of the football, including their first two picks. David Wilson and Rueben Randle could provide the Giants with some added explosion on offense.

Here's a full list of the Giants selections:

First Round

No. 32, David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

Second Round

No. 63, Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

Third Round

No. 94, Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

Fourth Round

No. 127, Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati

No. 131, Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn

Sixth Round

No. 201, Matt Mccants, OT, UAB

Seventh Round

No. 239, Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State

For more on the Giants, please be sure to visit our blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates. For more mock draft information, check out Mocking The Draft. Prospect profiles can also be found at the National Football Post, an SB Nation partner.

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Giants Draft Picks 2012: Brandon Mosley, OT, Fourth Round

With the 36th pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Giants have selected Brandon Mosley, an offensive tackle from Auburn University.

The National Football Post ranked Mosley as the eighth-best offensive tackle and their 92nd-best prospect overall in this year's draft class. Here's what NFP had to say about him.

A tough kid who plays hard, likes to finish and understands angles in the pass game. Has some upside down the line coming from a JUCO program in 2010, but as of now looks like a roster guy in year one who could fight for playing time down the line. Reminds me some of former UVA OT Will Barker.

ESPN had Mosley as tits 114th-ranked prospect and 10th-best OT.

For more on the Giants, please be sure to visit our blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates. For more mock draft information, check out Mocking The Draft. Prospect profiles can also be found at the National Football Post, an SB Nation partner.

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2012 NFL Draft Round 4: Giants Select TE Adrien Robinson

With the 32nd pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Giants have selected Adrien Robinson, a tight end out of Cincinnati.

Robinson had 29 catches for 434 yards and five touchdowns while playing at the University of CIncinnati. He has the prototypical size that a team looks for at tight end, as he is 6-foot-4, 267 pounds.

Robinson visited the Giants on a pre-draft visit and impressed them according to Star-Ledger reporter Mike Garafolo:

For more on the Giants' picking of Wilson, head over to Big Blue View. To read more on the whole 2012 NFL Draft, visit SB Nation New York's StoryStream. For even more comprehensive coverage of the NFL Draft, visit Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Giants' Picks of Rueben Randle, Jayron Hosley Praised

How did the New York Giants fare in rounds 2 and 3 of the 2012 NFL Draft on Friday? Here is a look at the draft grades and reactions from a handful of draft analysts.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports thinks the Giants got good value with both selections they made on Friday.

Prisco gave the Giants a ‘B' for the Randle selection in Round 2, saying "They considered him in the first round, and now he fell to them? That's value. Some scouts think he was a little soft. But it's a good value pick." Prisco gave the selection of Hosley in Round 3 a 'C', saying the diminutive corner is "a good player and could be value."

Pro Football Weekly likes the selection of Randle, who "profiles as a big-play vertical threat and could help fill the void left by the departed Mario Manningham. Is a better football player than athlete and showed improvement every season."


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- Head Coach Tom Coughlin On Day 2 Selections
- Rueben Randle Press Conference


Chad Reuter of NFL Network praised the Giants' selections. Reuter wrote:

"The Giants added strong talent by just picking the top player on the board. Adding LSU receiver Rueben Randle with the last pick in the second round gives the Super Bowl champions a great third receiver to put on the field with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Jayron Hosley's off-field issues and lack of size (5-10, 178) caused some teams to stay away, but the Virginia Tech corner's feisty playing style and a solid locker room made him worth investing the penultimate Friday night pick."

DraftTek on the Randle selection:

"Some were questioning whether Randle fell due to character concerns, but the Giants have never been afraid of receivers with off-the-field questions and it's worked out for them. I'm not convinced that Randle is as talented as some of the other gambles the Giants have taken, but he is an upgrade on the outside that allows Cruz to stay in the slot. Grade: B"

DraftTek on the Hosley selection:

"Massive value for the Giants here. Some minor character issues may have caused Hosley to drop (positive drug test reumored at combine). Solid zone cover guy that is a major ballhawk. Grade: B"

-- See Big Blue View for more discussion and analysis of the Giants

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2012 NFL Draft Round 3: Giants Select Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

With their final selection on Day of the 2012 NFL Draft the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants selected cornerback Jayron Hosley from Virginia Tech. Hosley is a smallish cornerback at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and the Giants believe he could also help them as a punt returner.

Hosley was the second Virginia Tech player selected by the Giants, who took Hokies running back David Wilson in the first round. New York's second-round selection was LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said the team discussed Hosley's size but they like his competitiveness and ability to help the team on special teams. The Giants lost cornerback Aaron Ross in free agency and have Terrell Thomas returning from his second ACL surgery, so Hosley provides them with some insurance at the position.

Hosley did fail a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine, but that apparently did not scare off the Giants.

-- See Big Blue View for complete discussion and analysis of the Giants' draft selections

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2012 NFL Draft Round 2: Giants Select Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

The New York Giants lost two free agents to the San Francisco 49ers this offseason — running back Brandon Jacobs and wide receiver Mario Manningham. After two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft New York has replaced both players.

With their second pick, 63rd overall, the Giants Friday night selected LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle, a 6-foot-3, 207-pounder.

SI.com says this
of Randle:

Randle is a big-play receiver who watched his game take off the past two seasons. He offers the size, pass-catching skill and speed to develop into a No. 1 wideout at the next level. Randle comes with a lot of upside, and his next-level skills are underrated as we move toward the draft.

Randle will compete with Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon to be the team’s third wide receiver.

Randle was the last of the 26 players invited by the NFL to attend the draft to be selected.

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Round Two NFL Mock Draft, New York Giants: Mel Kiper, Scouts Inc., Go For Tackles

It is time to move past Round 1 of the 2012 NFL Draft and focus on what might happen Friday night in rounds 2 and 3. That means Round Two Mock Draft, and we have a couple for you from ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Scouts Inc.

Both mocks have the Giants addressing their need at offensive tackle following Thursday night’s first-round selection of Virginia Tech running back David Wilson.


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Kiper goes for Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams with his selection for the Giants at No. 63, final pick of the second round. “The Giants need a tackle, and Adams is a decent value here,” Kiper says.

Scouts Inc. also goes for a tackle, but chooses Mitchell Schwartz of California instead.

You can find profiles of both Schwartz and Adams, as well as many other players still to be drafted, at Big Blue View.

In Friday night’s third round the Giants pick 31st (No. 94 overall).

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David Wilson Describes 'Best Call' From New York Giants

David Wilson, selected 32nd overall in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants on Thursday night, had an inkling something might happen when the final two picks of the first round came.

“I was sitting on the bed and the Giants had the last pick in the first round… And then Tampa Bay traded (up), and I thought, ‘Maybe they’ll get a running back. I know they need a running back.’ At that point, I was hoping for anything. The Giants are Super Bowl champions, and I’m like ‘They probably won’t pick me…’ I was just hoping that something would happen, and I get the New Jersey call and I start screaming. I answered the phone and it was the New York Giants. It was the best call that I got in a long time.”


Tom Coughlin Reaction | Scouting Director Marc Ross Transcript

The Buccaneers also took a running back, selecting Doug Martin of Boise State and leaving Wilson, a 5-foot-9, 205-pound back from Virginia Tech, for the Giants.

“Terrific football player. He’s a good piece to put in our running back stable,” said Giants general manager Jerry Reese. “This kid’s a hard-nosed player. He can run inside. He can run outside.” [Complete Reese Transcript]

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David Wilson Selection: Quick Reaction

Here is some of the immediate reaction to the selection of Virginia Tech running back David Wilson by the New York Giants with the final pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese:

"Terrific football player," Reese said. "This guy loves to play football. He is fast, he is productive, he can do anything you want him to do. he can catch the ball and return kicks. He is a good piece to put in our running back stable."


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Reese, however, did apparently admit to reporters that Doug Martin of Boise State, taken one pick earlier by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was higher on the Giants’ board than Wilson.

SB Nation’s Mocking The Draft says Wilson is “a speedy back, but much stronger than he’s often given credit. He’s not a direct style replacement for Brandon Jacobs, but will be a factor for the G-Men.”

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NFL Draft 2012: New York Giants End 1st Round By Taking David Wilson

With the 32nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Giants have selected Virginia Tech running back David Wilson. The pick falls in line with pre-draft expectations, which identified running back as a need for the Giants and also tabbed Wilson as a late-first round prospect. Check out Mocking the Draft's scouting report for more on Wilson.

Wilson was productive in a rotation in his first two seasons before taking over the No. 1 running back spot in his junior season. That was a breakout year for Wilson, who rushed for 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns en route to being named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. He doesn't have ideal size, but runs with power for a 5-foot-10, 205-pound back.


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Impact for the Giants:

Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill was a popular pick at No. 32, but the Giants also had questions at running back Ahmad Bradshaw is still just 26 years old, but he has been increasingly injury-prone over the past several years. D.J. Ware has yet to prove he's anything more than a No. 3 running back, while last year's seventh-round selection Da'Rel Scott is entirely unproven.

Bringing in Wilson obviously increases the Giants' flexibility at running back, but it also adds an element of big-play ability that wasn't seen aside from Bradshaw.

For more on the Giants' picking of Wilson, head over to Big Blue View. To read more on the whole 2012 NFL Draft, visit SB Nation New York's StoryStream. For even more comprehensive coverage of the NFL Draft, visit Mocking The Draft.

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Giants Free Agency 2012: New York Signs Shaun Rogers Before 2012 NFL Draft

The 2012 NFL Draft is just hours away from its start, and the New York Giants are making moves. Well, the Giants are not making any trades for draft picks, but they did sign defensive lineman Shaun Rogers on Thursday. The move adds depth to the New York's defensive line which is needed.

Rogers, 33, is a three-time Pro Bowler who spent last season with the New Orleans Saints, but played just five game over the last two seasons. Rogers most productive years come when he was with the Detroit Lions ('01-07), where he made two Pro Bowl teams.

Rogers' best days maybe behind him, however, his experience and extra body is a nice addition. Rogers probably will not be asked to be a play-maker, which might be a good role for him.

This move may affect the Giants pick in the NFL Draft, No. 32 overall, but many NFL Mock drafts have them taking a tight end.

For more on Giants free agency, check out this SB Nation New York StoryStream. Meanwhile, everything on the Giants NFL Draft can be found here.

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2012 NFL Draft Rumors: Broncos Want To Move Down -- Would The Giants Move Up?

The Denver Broncos have the 25th pick in the opening round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and they would like to unload it. Denver VP of Football Operations John Elway has said the team would like to trade down.

Purely speculation here, but could they find a willing partner in the New York Giants, who have the 32nd overall pick?

Trading up in Round 1 is generally not the Giants' style, but general manager Jerry Reese admitted recently that beyond the top 25 selections in the draft New York sees everyone else as second-round value.

"You just wait and see if somebody is going to fall to you or if there is somebody you may be able to move up for, that you're in love with. It's always a good problem to have when you're picking 32. More likely, somebody we have ahead of our 32nd pick in our first row, more than likely somebody will be down there where we want to pick. Again, at the bottom of that first row, we think those guys are second round picks, unless we have somebody pretty high that falls. But we'll see. We could easily have somebody fall down. I think guys are going to come off the board all over the place early on."

Could there be a player that makes Reese want to jump to 25? Also, could the Giants use defensive end Osi Umenyiora as a trade chip to move up? Umenyiora has admitted that a draft day trade is a possibility.

In reality, it seems an unlikely move for the Giants. But, hey, we have seven hours or so before the Giants get to make a selection. What else have we got to do.

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2012 NFL Draft, New York Giants: Rounding Up The Mock Drafts

The 2012 NFL Draft is inching closer and closer, I promise. Let’s take one last look back at many of the last-minute “final” mock drafts and see what they are predicting for the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Of the 10 mock drafts below, five have the Giants selecting Coby Fleener, the tight end from Stanford.

- SB Nation New York (Valentine) – Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
- SB Nation New York (Fiammetta) – Amini Silatolu, Offensive Tackle, Midwestern State
- SBNation.com – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
- Mocking The Draft (Kadar) – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
- Mocking The Draft (Fairburn) — Fleener
- Draft Countdown – Fleener
- ESPN (Kiper) – Fleener
- ESPN (McShay) – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
- National Football Post – Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
- SI.com (Banks) – Fleener

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2012 NFL Draft, New York Giants: Picking 32nd 'Good Problem To Have'

The New York Giants will have the 32nd and final selection of the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. That, of course, is because the Giants are defending Super Bowl champions.

This is the third time since 2006 that the Giants have had the final pick in the first round. In 2006 the Giants drafted defensive end/linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka 32nd overall. In 2008, they selected safety Kenny Phillips (31st) — the Patriots forfeited a first-round pick that year because of Spygate. Both players are starters and were key members of the Super Bowl-winning team.

Just like with those two selections, Reese expects to find a quality player at No. 32.

“You just wait and see if somebody is going to fall to you or if there is somebody you may be able to move up for, that you’re in love with. It’s always a good problem to have when you’re picking 32,” Reese said. “More likely, somebody we have ahead of our 32nd pick in our first row, more than likely somebody will be down there where we want to pick. Again, at the bottom of that first row, we think those guys are second round picks, unless we have somebody pretty high that falls. But we’ll see. We could easily have somebody fall down.”

Related: Reviewing The Last Three Giants’ Drafts

As he always does, Reese insisted the Giants will pick the best player regardless of position.

“We’re conscious of what we think our needs are, but we try to pick the best player in the draft. We do try to fill holes in free agency when we get an opportunity to do that, but we never say let’s get a certain position in the draft. We just try to pick the best player,” Reese said.

Here is a list of all of the Giants’ selections in the 2012 NFL Draft:

Round 1 — 32nd overall
Round 2 — 63rd overall
Round 3 — 94th overall
Round 4 — 127th overall
Round 4 — 131st overall (compensatory)
Round 5 — No selection (traded to Cincinnati for LB Keith Rivers)
Round 6 — 201st overall
Round 7 — 239th overall

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