2011 NFL Draft Grades | New York Giants
The New York Giants had their ups and downs in 2010. It seems that no matter what happened, they couldn’t stop turning the football over, and had trouble putting together games in which their offense and defense both clicked.
The re-emergence of Brandon Jacobs was exciting, however, as well as a few key defenders.
NFL Soup evaluates each New York Giants 2011 NFL Draft selection:
Round 1 (Pick 19) - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
I’m still trying to figure out how Prince Amukamara fell all the way down to pick 19. Regardless, the Giants are ecstatic about landing a Top 10 talent in the mid-late first round. Amukamara is a fantastic coverage corner who plays a bit more physical than many others, and isn’t afraid to tackle. There is no true #1 in New York right now, and in a few seasons, Amukamara could be that guy.
Round 2 (Pick 52) – Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
The Giants just love stockpiling the defensive tackles. In 2010, they drafted Linval Joseph in the second round. But to pass on Austin’s talent at pick 52 seemed to be a bit silly, considering he’s been talked about as a first round prospect for quite some time. The biggest reason for his fall is due to character concerns, and the fact that he hasn’t played football in over a year with the exception of the East/West Shrine Bowl.
Round 3 (Pick 83) – Jerrell Jernigan, WR, Troy
The Giants love to add wide receivers to Eli Manning’s arsenal, and despite lacking ideal size, Jernigan is a great utility talent who seems to make plays regardless of where he is located on the football field. Jernigan is quick and elusive in the open field, and could be a nice home run threat.
Round 4 (Pick 117) – James Brewer, T, Indiana
The Giants finally addressed the tackle position, one in which most thought they’d address in round one or two. Brewer is a talented tackle who blocked for Ben Chappell at Indiana and has good strength and long arms. I think the selection was a round two high, but his potential is quite solid.
Round 6 (Pick 185) – Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State
It’s unfortunate the Greg Jones isn’t more athletic because he’s a true football player. He plays sideline to sideline and uses his exceptional football IQ to locate the football often. Jones’ athleticism isn’t great, and he’s a liability in coverage, so he slid down to the sixth round.
Round 6 (Pick 198) – Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa
I pegged Sash as a early fourth round talent, and I believe that’s where he easily could have been drafted. But the Giants get a steal with the crafty ball hawking safety who’s not afraid to jump in the box and make a few tackles.
Round 6 (Pick 202) – Jacquian Williams, OLB, South Florida
As most late round picks are, Williams is a big time project. He projects best as a weak side outside linebacker with nice athleticism and raw ability. He’ll likely be a scout team body, but it could pay off to have taken a late round flier on a developmental guy like this.
Round 7 (Pick 221) – Da’Rel Scott, RB, Maryland
Scott’s NFL Combine numbers were pretty impressive, as were his college numbers at times. To grab a running back in the late rounds with his caliber is genius, as Scott looks to follow in the tracks of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs as players drafted later in the draft that contribute big time.
Overall Grade: A-