New York Giants' Draft Picks: Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland Is 7th-Round Choice

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Mocking The Draft: Giants A 'Winner' In 2011 NFL Draft

From shockingly finding Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara available to them with the 19th selection of the first round to grabbing Da'Rel Scott, the running back with the fastest NFL Scouting Combine 40-yard dash time, the New York Giants felt good about what they accomplished in the 2011 NFL Draft.

"You try to take the best player available," said Giants General Manager Jerry Reese. "We always try to get value and need with our picks. We were able to do that quite a bit the last couple of days."

In the rush to judgment following the conclusion of the draft, analysts everywhere like to hand out grades or determine draft 'winners' and losers.' The Giants are in the 'winners' category, according to SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.

"New York general manager Jerry Reese got to sit back in the draft and wait for talent to fall to him. He didn't make trades and didn't need to. He got a steal with cornerback Prince Amukamara in the first round and defensive tackle Marvin Austin in the second round. Jerrel Jernigan is a playmaker and a good fit for their offense. James Brewer is a big, tough blocker. Greg Jones and Tyler Sash were wildly productive college players and the leaders of their teams."

Of course, what analysts think right now really doesn't matter. Only what happens once players put the pads on and see game action does. Still, feels nice that the Giants are looked at as having had a successful draft.

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NFL Draft Results 2011: Giants Take James Brewer, OT, Indiana In Fourth Round

The New York Giants tried to get some help for their aging offensive line in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft on Saturday, selecting James Brewer, an offensive tackle from Indiana with the 117th overall pick.

Brewer is a 6-foot-6, 323-pound player who analysts feel could fit at either tackle spot. Here is what SB Nation’s Mocking The Draft said about Brewer:

“At his size, his athleticism is astonishing. Unlike some prospects his size, he gets adequate knee bend and has pretty agile feet. Meanwhile, his strength lies in his ability to sustain blocks at the point of attack, and the fact that he has the range to get to the second level of the defense. He’ll be a steal in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft.”

The Giants do not currently have a selection in the fifth round. They have three sixth-round selections (two compensatory ones) and a seventh-round selection.

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NFL Draft 2011, Third Round: Giants Select Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy

The New York Giants went from taking the massive 310-pound defensive tackle Marvin Austin in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft to taking the smallish speedster Jerell Jernigan, a wide receiver from Troy, in the third round (83rd overall) Thursday night.

The selection of a wide receiver came as a bit of a surprise as the Giants still have not addressed the areas seen as their two primary needs — the middle of the offensive line on offense and the linebacking corps on defense.

Jernigan has 4.46 speed and has the ability to return kicks as well as play wide receiver.

From NFL.com:

Jernigan is flat-out a playmaaker who has the ability to make an immediate impact as a return man at the next level. He has excellent speed to stretch the field and the hip fluidity to maintain momentum in transition and separate out of his breaks. He lacks the size to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but he is a slippery runner in the open field after the catch and projects to be a weapon in the slot.

From Draft Countdown:

Best fit at the next level might come as a slot receiver and return specialist who can also be utilized in the Wildcat and on reverses - Dynamic all-purpose playmaker who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball from anywhere on the field - Just may be a bigger, much faster version of Dexter McCluster.

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NFL Draft 2011, Round 2: Giants Select Marvin Austin

The New York Giants selected North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin [full profile] in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft Friday night. Austin is an immensely talented player, but was one of the North Carolina players suspended for the 2010 season due to NCAA rules violations.

Here is a comment about Austin from Giants General Manager Jerry Reese, via Mike Garafolo:

The word Jerry Reese used 3x when talking about Austin: "nasty." Compared him to Keith Hamilton in that sense.

The Giants had to be concerned about their defensive tackle depth. Their best tackle, Barry Cofield, can be a free agent. Veteran Rocky Bernard has been a disappointment in his two seasons with New York. That leaves the Giants with only veteran Chris Canty and unproven Linval Joseph, last season's second-round pick.

Here is Wes Bunting of the National Football Post talking about Austin in his scouting report:

There is no denying that the overall talent and skill set is there for him to be as good as he wants to be in the NFL. However, I worry about his passion, willingness to become better and overall maturity level going forward. There is no way I would spend a first-round pick on the guy at this stage and I don't think he will ever become the player many suspect. But, his natural God-given ability will keep him in the league and give him plenty of second chances.

The Giants are apparently gambling on Austin's talent, and hoping that the leadership in their locker room can help bring out the best in this player.

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Prince Amukamara: This Pick By The Giants Gets An A+

I hate trying to grade NFL draft picks in the immediate aftermath of their selections. Everyone tries to do it, however, so I might as well offer my own grade on the New York Giants' selection of Prince Amukamara, a cornerback from Nebraska, with the 19th overall selection Thursday night.

There is only one grade I can attach to this right now -- A+. This was a home run for the Giants. A player most analysts saw as a top 10 talent who slid all the way to 19 because of a couple of factors. First, the run on quarterbacks, with four being selected in the first 12 picks. Second, the fact that so many teams picking in front of them acted like the Giants usually do, snapping up defensive linemen all over the place. Seven, in fact, were selected before the Giants' turn came at 19.

The Giants were more than thrilled to find Amukamara available at 19.

"It was a shock. It was a shock. It was a shock. I know we come in and say, "We picked the best player, and we were surprised." This one truly was a shock. Because you go through scenarios leading up to the draft where you kind of have realistic scenarios, somewhat unrealistic scenarios, of what could happen. And this one was just completely out of left field. We never thought this kid would have been still on the board at 19.".

In a quick poll done immediately after the selection, 77 percent of respondents at Big Blue View gave the selection of Amukamara a A grade.

Here is SB Nation's Mocking The Draft summarizing the choice:

With plenty of top players falling, the Giants were able to sit back and take a potential star like Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara with their pick. No one was expecting the Giants to take a cornerback this early. But a player like Amukamara probably shouldn't have been available with the 19th pick. With Amukamara, the Giants have a big cornerback who they can plug in and start immediately.

So, how does Amukamara fit with the Giants? Cornerback was not considered as high a priority entering the draft as several other areas, but if you look closely this selection could work out brilliantly for the Giants.

General Manager Jerry Reese acknowledged after the 2010 season that the Giants surrendered too many big plays on the back end of their defense -- something that has actually been the case for the past two seasons. Current starting corners Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas are good, but neither is a 'shut down' corner, and both are coming off generally sub-par 2010 seasons.

Third cornerback Aaron Ross, the team's No. 1 pick in 2007, has been a disappointment. After a promising rookie season a series of injuries have seemingly taken their toll on Ross. Beyond those three 2010 saw a revolving door of spare parts dot the 53-man roster.

Immediately, the 6-foot, 206-pound Amukamara seems most likely to supplant Ross as the third corner and, eventually, to challenge Thomas for a starting job. Regardless, this gives the Giants quality, depth and the potential of developing a real No. 1 cornerback, something they currently do not have.

Amukamara has drawn some comparisons to New York Jets' star Darrelle Revis, and Giants General Manager Jerry Reese did his best to deflect those.

"He will have to prove that," Reese said. "He has some qualities probably like that but he would have to prove that. Darrelle Revis has done it. This guy hasn't played a snap yet. But we think he has a really good skill set. And again, he is in the rotation right away. Obviously height, weight, speed guys always play on your special teams. But he is in our rotation right away challenging for a job - for the nickel, for a starting position. So I love that competition. There is going to be some good competition at that corner position."

Giants Coach Tom Coughlin seemed to indicate there are plenty of snaps for all four corners.

"You can never have enough cover guys because if you watch the way people play today with the addition of the receivers, they go one, two, three, four, until they figure out what you're going to cover some of these third, fourth receivers with," Coughlin said. "The more cover people you have, the better off you're going to be."

Again, on paper this pick gets an A+. Now, it is up to Amukamara and the Giants to translate that into an A+ performance on the field.

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