With the 32nd pick in the NFL Draft, the NY Giants selected RB David Wilson. Wonder: "The best all-around back in the draft. Can carry between the tackles, elusive breakaway speed, can run sweep wide, can catch the ball, willing to block."
The Giants got themselves a good football player. There are a couple of things that make sense about this pick. (1) The Giants are adamant that any RB who gets on the field be able to block. So Wilson can hopefully get on the field and protect Eli in blitz pickup. (2) This is a passing league, so I pray to God that Gilbride will use this special talent in the open field in the PASSING GAME. He's got quickness and speed so small ball can become HUGE ball with passes out of the backfield. When Bradshaw makes a guy miss, he tacks on 8 more yards. When Wilson makes a guy miss, it can be off to the races. (3) He will be an immediate injection of tremendous explosiveness on Special Teams.
Yes, this guy can also run between the tackles, but do not think he is going to be able to handle a STEADY diet inside the tackles. He's 5'10" 205 lbs, so he can do that, but he has the kind of speed to run outside.
Coughlin: "He loves football." .. re his fumbling issues in college, Coughlin: "HIGH AND TIGHT."
Ross: "Exploded at the Combine. ACC Player of the Year, 1700 yards. Can catch the ball."
Philosophically, I would have preferred G Cordy Glenn (or C Peter Konz or LB David Lavonte), but only because the Giants are so good at drafting RB later in the draft. It has been a while since the Giants have taken a RB this high, and I'll go on record as saying this is NO Ron Dayne type of pick. The Giants got themselves a good player in Wilson. With Jacobs gone, expect to see Wilson as the #2 platooned behind Bradshaw pretty quickly. Ware gets injured every third game, so unless Da'Rel Scott is ready, Wilson should see a lot of playing time.
Remember those JPP backflips? Well, apparently Wilson may be able to give him some competition.
Some random remarks from Round 1:
a) The Tyson Alualu Award goes to SEA, for taking Bruce Irvin in Round 1. Round 1? Pick 15? Trade down and pick the exact player later! SEA traded down 3 picks- were they nervous he wasn't going to be there later in R1?! Irvin could be a tremendous player for all we know, but no one was taking him in R1.
b) Lots of trading of picks, this is the first draft after the new CBA, so the rookie salary cap makes it easier to manage these players inside the cap, creating more willingness to trade up. (Additionally, because the Draft was weak on QUALITY, teams were just as willing to trade down.)
c) The NY Jets swung for the fences again with Coples. Melvin Ingram was the better pick for them. Coples is feast or famine. Some people think Coples does not have a motor, that he is going to be a Gholston bust. Can Rex Ryan motivate him?
d) Hightower went to NE at the 25th pick. C'est la vie.
e) The Giants took a while to pick because some teams were inquiring about a trade up to their pick. They did not get a generous offer, so they took Wilson.
@CommanderShepard Agreed, See post for Saturday recapping Day 2. To me, Eli can win the Giants more Super Bowls, but he has to be kept upright in order to do so.
.... he lasted... but we inexplicably go with the WR. Oline depth is a HUGE concern now. Not even in love with the prospective starting 5 to be honest.
In my opinion you do not draft a rb in todays nfl in the first round unless he is a really special talent. When you draft one that is not a special one,and he has a problem keeping hold of the football and he is not good in pass protection i question that.
When you are a team that has issues at the o-line and there are good prospects there and you dont take one i dont agree with that.I think we should have taken Glenn or Konz and tried for one of the rb in round 2 or 3.
I hope David Wilson makes me eat my words and i am well aware that i could be wrong about this.But this is how i see it.
I'm satisfied with the pick. The thing about Wilson is that he is diametrically different than Jacobs and wasn't chosen just to replace him. Wilson is explosive and a game-breaker. I'd be surprised if he isn't seen as an important pass-catching option for Eli. I have to assume that Wilson was the first round pick because Reese believed he wouldn't last.
@booneavenueboy for value, Wilson was fine and most likely would not have been there at the end of R2. He's my running back now, I hope he kicks serious butt. I still prioritize an OL to make holes for Wilson and to protect Eli so that he can throw to him and others.
I was hoping for one of those Offensive Linemen that fell to the Giants, but alas, it didn't happen. But what do I know. They must have seen more value in Wilson than those linemen. I keep hoping they will draft a top-notch lineman that can be a mainstay of the line for the next several years. Plugging in replacements and lower rounders can only get you so far. Thankfully the Giants have a great OL coach.
I'm really of two minds about this. Watching some of the video on him online, esp the link in the Star-Ledger's article, gets me pretty excited, he looks decisive in his moves and really strong and balanced upon contact for his size, and all that to go along with his speed. But to my mind the problem with the Giants running game was not in the backfield last season. Would have rather gone with Glenn, but I'm excited to be proven wrong.
What I'm also really interested about is how this new CBA and the viability of moving in the draft might necessitate a change in JR's strategy. Staying put and taking BPA when it was so costly to move didn't make much sense, as we all know, but with the new ease of motion (less expensive to trade but also less expensive to take a player at a higher spot) should that change things? My understanding of the process is that they already block players into a range of picks; is it now worth targeting the BPA once he gets into the range you've valued him at? So since every pick is essentially cheaper now, is it worth thinking about where a team picks as being within the range of picks at relatively cheap access, so say 25-32 instead of 32. Or is this mostly how it's already done? Anyway, just a thought. Obviously there are other obstacles to moving, since there's necessarily another party involved. But this new CBA has clearly opened up new possibilities for drafting, and I wonder if strategy should adjust accordingly.
I had time to go thourgh the first round.
Devon Still, Stephen Hill, Andre Branch, Cordy Glenn were still on the board.
I thought we would go for one of those, especially DL and WR. Anyway, I don't know the 1st thing about college football, scouting and drafting, so I'm just surprised.