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  • This is my review of the 2006 draft that I wrote last May, just thought I'd put it out there.

    After thoroughly analyzing each pick, I have finally come up with my synopsis of the Giants' 2006 NFL Draft. I will try to give as much information and opinion on each pick while attempting to find their place on the Giants roster. Coming into the draft, it was evident that Ernie Accorsi and Tom Coughlin were going to bring in some pieces for this defense to build around. Yes the defense does already have some top-notch players all over the place on the defensive side of the ball, but there are more than a few age and injury concerns and after pondering what big blue's defense looked liked against the Panthers in January, you can never have enough depth. It was quite apparent that the strategy coming into this entire process, especially after the first round pick, was to take the best player available regardless of position. And that brings be to DE Mathias Kiwanuka, who I have some strong support for, and I will tell you why.

    I will be the first to tell you that I was speechless when I heard Kiwanuka's name come over the television, but not in the sense that I hated the pick. He was not even one of the players that entered my mind as possible picks, but that does not mean I didn't want him. Now let me try to justify this pick if you are sitting there cursing out Ernie Accorsi in your head.

    There isn't a doubt in my mind that Accorsi and company wanted to bring in a difference maker, a playmaker that could bring some versatility to this up and coming defense. Many of us thought it would be a cornerback with the likes of potential superstars Antonio Cromartie and Johnathan Joseph as possible picks, but the Chargers selected Cromartie at #19 and the Bengals selected Joseph at #24. So with both of them off the board, reaching for another CB would be a bad idea especially considering the fact that our rookie CB would not make any sort of immediate impact. Then we can move onto linebacker, where there were only three guys that would have made sense in the first round, and you could make an argument for a fourth. AJ Hawk, Bobby Carpenter, and Chad Greenway were all options to be picked by the Giants in the first round. However, all three of them were taken well before the #25 pick and without any other options, the Giants were forced to throw the idea of drafting a linebacker out the window. We can then move onto defensive tackle where there were two guys I really liked, Haloti Ngata and Broderick Bunkley. I stated a few weeks ago that I would have traded up for them if possible, but that option turned out to be impossible. The Ravens coveted Ngata and would have upped our offer if need be and the same thing with the Eagles and their love for Bunkley. With both of these players off the board, there was nobody available (including McCargo) that would have filled our hole at nose tackle, so scratch the option of drafting a first round DT off the list. Now that brings us down to two players, safety Jimmy Williams and DE Mathias Kiwanuka. I'm sure this decision had to have been extremely difficult because both bring a lot to the table in terms of versatility and playmaking ability. The character red flags that seem to have followed Williams since his days as a blue chip recruit in high school very well might have been one of the stronger deciding factors. But I am inclined to believe that the Kiwanuka selection was not just based on long term potential, but more about his ability to create matchup issues for opposing offenses. Just think about something….on 3rd and long, Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck come onto the field as our starting nose tackle and Carlos Emmons jog off. Tim Lewis blitzes Arrington and Kiwanuka from the outside giving the offensive line Umenyiora, Strahan, Joseph, Tuck, Arrington, and Kiwanuka to block all in one shot. I'm not sure what you think about that, but if there is a single group of blockers that can get the job done against that unit, I'd be shocked. That group of pass rushers can alter the outcome of a game, no doubt about it. To have an effective defense, a defensive coordinator needs to have both the mind and personnel to out-scheme his opponent. With the abundance of pass rushers this defense now has, the matchup problems given to an opposing offense are through the roof. You have to realize that even though our defensive backs have been upgraded, they are far from being super and/or dominant which means our pass rush needs to be top-notch. I know that I wrote a little bit too much regarding this pick, but I needed to let some of you guys know that the pick itself was ten times better than most of you think. Kiwanuka has very similar physical tools to what Umenyiora came into the league with, yet he is more polished as a defensive end. The thought of how good he can be once he gains some weight is downright scary. Tim Lewis is as creative as they come and if/when he figures out to get all of these guys on the field at the same time, our defense could easily move into the top 10 at least. Just keep that in mind before you continue to bash one of the finest GMs in football.

    The trade up for Sinorice Moss was absolutely brilliant and I truly feel that Accorsi had him in mind when acquiring the 3rd and 4th round picks from Pittsburgh. Moss is an interesting gamble that very easily could be just as good as his brother, Santana. Yes he has outstanding speed, perhaps more speed than burner Tim Carter when it comes down to game time. But what people fail to realize about this kid is how elusive he is in the open field and how explosive his first few steps are. That kind of WR is EXACTLY what the doctor ordered for the inconsistent offense here in New York. He knows how to find holes in the defense and with massive amounts of attention being tended to the likes of Burress, Toomer, and Shockey, Moss could very well be left unaccounted for and if Manning can get the ball in his hands, he is a legit threat to take it to the house, period.

    Rounding out day one, the Giants selected another playmaker that can bring some more versatility to this defense. Gerris Wilkinson out of Georgia Tech is a fiery, intense, hard hitting linebacker that can play all three spots in our defense. Truthfully, as much as I like Blackburn and his Cinderella story, I would be much more confident with Wilkinson in the middle should Antonio Pierce go down again. He is an excellent blitzer from the inside that has a knack for finding the QB and making a play. He owns the inside and he plays with that kind of cocky swagger that many middle linebackers need to get the most out of their physical ability. He should be an early contributor on special teams much like Reggie Torbor has had to this point in his career and add the much needed depth at all three LB spots that we lacked in January against the Panthers. Just writing about him now leads me to believe that Wilkinson has been brought in to be Nick Greisen's replacement, as they have very similar strengths and weaknesses.

    Regardless of what some of your thoughts towards Ernie Accorsi were entering day two of the draft, one could not possibly help but be elated with the two fourth round picks. Cofield and Whimper fill two holes on our current roster and very well should develop into quality starters in the NFL. I understand some of you are under the impression that Cofield is being a projected as a 3-4 DE, but we run a 4-3 which is a defense that he will play at DT. He is more of a pass rusher that has an explosive first step into the backfield to disrupt an offensive play. However, Cofield is very good at holding his ground while being double teamed and with the quick/explosive first step, he will garner a fair share of double teams. A DT that can keep the linemen off of Pierce and company is what this defense needed the most coming into the draft. If the offensive line decides to underrate Cofield and only leaving one man to block him, he could excel at making plays in the backfield because he knows how to shed a single blocker and locate the ball. Whimper is certainly a prospect in need of some learning and professional weight training before he can be mentioned as the blind side protector of Eli Manning. But the physical tools are there and by the time he grows physically and mentally, Pettigout's contract will be too high to pay and Whimper could easily be thrown into the fire without this offense having to adjust. He also brings a nasty attitude to the game, Chris Snee like in many ways. That kind of mental state can really decrease the weaknesses and increase the potential of a player and I feel that will be the case with Whimper. In the worst case scenario, Whimper will bring in some solid depth in the trenches and with Whitfield's days soon coming to an end, that depth will be vastly needed.

    If there is one pick in this entire draft that I did not, and still do not agree with, it is Charlie Peprah in the fifth. He is a good character kid, which I like on day two because the work ethic to develop into a steal is there, but his physical attributes will severely prohibit him. He is very quick and knows how to cover underneath, but he really struggles with the deep ball and with the likes of Terrell Owens, Terry Glenn, and Santana Moss in our division, I really don't like the sound of that. What I do see in him is the vast potential to become a special teams ace because he loves to go for the big hit and he seems to be at his best when he is chasing the ball carrier. Head coach Tom Coughlin obviously had a lot to do with this pick because he loves to stack up on special teams contributors.

    The final pick may have been the best value selection of our entire draft in CB Gerrick McPherson out of Maryland. Gerrick is a true workout warrior with measurables that sky rocket through the roof. His lack of height is rarely an issue because of a 40+ inch vertical which could translate into many pass breakups. He is also extremely strong with more bench press reps at the scouting combine than offensive tackle Jon Scott and squat records at Maryland. My best case scenario for him is to be the nickel back in a couple years that can step in and torment Santana Moss with his blend of strength and speed. I had him tagged as the Giants 5th round pick several times over the past month and getting him two rounds later is an absolute steal.

    So all in all, our defense has been improved for both the short term and long term future. Having a dynamic pass rush is just as important, if not more so than covering the opposing WRs. The fans of the New York Giants need to keep the faith in Accorsi because he has done an outstanding job putting our team onto the field. Matchup problems are what wins in the NFL today and especially with our top two picks, those very matchups will be in our favor without a doubt.
    I feel that I was a bit off on Wilkinson, thought he would be a little bit more physcial than what he showed this past season. But other than that, what do you guys think?
    Last edited by Number 10; 04-20-2007, 10:40 AM.
    Originally posted by Paul
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    • All right, I've done a lot of thinking and I'm almost certain we should draft a cornerback in the first round. I mean, inherently, a mediocre linebacker will do a much better job with our great defensive line than a mediocre cornerback would.

      One of the main reasons I believe our defensive line didn't have a ton of sacks this year was, besides injuries, the fact that we didn't have great coverage - particulary at cornerback. The term 'coverage sack' comes to mind. Even if we're healthy all year long, if our coverage breaks down quickly then it's going to be difficult to get sacks even if the D-Line is healthy.

      Sure, we'll be employing a more blitz heavy defense, but that still doesn't always mean we'll get to the quarterback if our coverage is poor.

      Drafting a cornerback will, in my opinion, give us a chance to help the center of our defense, and arguably our team - the defensive line, which is young and filled with talent.

      Well, that's just my opinion. I think our linebacker situation is going to be fine this year and the depth/talent we need can be found in later rounds, or even next year if we have to. There's not really first round linerbacker that fills the need we have a SAM. Wide receiver can also be adressed in later rounds with what might be the best wide receiver class ever in The Draft. Plus I'm uncertain if Brown or Staley is that franchise Left Tackle we're looking for.
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      • Thats a pretty good write up Number 10


        Originally posted by Forenci View Post
        All right, I've done a lot of thinking and I'm almost certain we should draft a cornerback in the first round. I mean, inherently, a mediocre linebacker will do a much better job with our great defensive line than a mediocre cornerback would.

        One of the main reasons I believe our defensive line didn't have a ton of sacks this year was, besides injuries, the fact that we didn't have great coverage - particulary at cornerback. The term 'coverage sack' comes to mind. Even if we're healthy all year long, if our coverage breaks down quickly then it's going to be difficult to get sacks even if the D-Line is healthy.

        Sure, we'll be employing a more blitz heavy defense, but that still doesn't always mean we'll get to the quarterback if our coverage is poor.

        Drafting a cornerback will, in my opinion, give us a chance to help the center of our defense, and arguably our team - the defensive line, which is young and filled with talent.

        Well, that's just my opinion. I think our linebacker situation is going to be fine this year and the depth/talent we need can be found in later rounds, or even next year if we have to. There's not really first round linerbacker that fills the need we have a SAM. Wide receiver can also be adressed in later rounds with what might be the best wide receiver class ever in The Draft. Plus I'm uncertain if Brown or Staley is that franchise Left Tackle we're looking for.

        I disagree. I think that what we need is another solid Linebacker. I think that if we get a true talent in there at LB, it would dramatically improve our defense. I have a feeling that Will Demps is gonna be much improved this year as well which should help out in that department. although I would be very happy with Hall and ok with Revis.

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        • Originally posted by Forenci View Post
          All right, I've done a lot of thinking and I'm almost certain we should draft a cornerback in the first round. I mean, inherently, a mediocre linebacker will do a much better job with our great defensive line than a mediocre cornerback would.

          One of the main reasons I believe our defensive line didn't have a ton of sacks this year was, besides injuries, the fact that we didn't have great coverage - particulary at cornerback. The term 'coverage sack' comes to mind. Even if we're healthy all year long, if our coverage breaks down quickly then it's going to be difficult to get sacks even if the D-Line is healthy.

          Sure, we'll be employing a more blitz heavy defense, but that still doesn't always mean we'll get to the quarterback if our coverage is poor.

          Drafting a cornerback will, in my opinion, give us a chance to help the center of our defense, and arguably our team - the defensive line, which is young and filled with talent.

          Well, that's just my opinion. I think our linebacker situation is going to be fine this year and the depth/talent we need can be found in later rounds, or even next year if we have to. There's not really first round linerbacker that fills the need we have a SAM. Wide receiver can also be adressed in later rounds with what might be the best wide receiver class ever in The Draft. Plus I'm uncertain if Brown or Staley is that franchise Left Tackle we're looking for.
          If there was a #1 CB there for the taking, I'd take him in a second. But all ofthe CBs this year are mediocre in my eyes. No need in reaching for one at #20, I'd be more secure with it if we traded down a bit.
          Originally posted by Paul
          Eli's opportunity to become a legend.
          Originally posted by Vikes99ej
          These last 50 seconds will define Eli Manning.
          MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

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          • Giants Big Board:

            1. Alan Branch
            2. Jon Beason
            3. Darelle Revis
            4. Lawrence Timmons
            5. Paul Poz
            6. Leon Hall
            7. Robert Meachem
            8. Aaron Ross
            9. Levi Brown
            10. Dwayne Bowe

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            • Originally posted by Number 10 View Post
              If there was a #1 CB there for the taking, I'd take him in a second. But all ofthe CBs this year are mediocre in my eyes. No need in reaching for one at #20, I'd be more secure with it if we traded down a bit.
              Darrelle Revis is a worthy of the 20th pick overall. So is Leon Hall, but I doubt he will drop that far.

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              • Originally posted by ricky bobby View Post
                Darrelle Revis is a worthy of the 20th pick overall. So is Leon Hall, but I doubt he will drop that far.
                I disagree.

                If you are going to take a CB at #20, especially with some of the LBs, FSs, and WRs that will likely be on the board, he better have #1 potential. Even though you may think those guys are the elite CBs of this draft (which is fine), I don't see them as a #1 CB.
                Originally posted by Paul
                Eli's opportunity to become a legend.
                Originally posted by Vikes99ej
                These last 50 seconds will define Eli Manning.
                MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

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                • Interesting interactive mock draft from gbnreport.

                  Out of 212 votes for the Giants pick

                  23% voted for Joe Staley
                  22% for Lawrence Timmons
                  20% for Paul Posluszny
                  15% for Chris Houston
                  8% for Brandon Merriweather
                  6% for Dwayne Bowe
                  Ross, Ginn and Beason recieved some votes also

                  Reivs, Nelson, Branch and Meachem were all off the board at this point.

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                  • I really, really don't want Staley at 20.
                    Originally posted by Paul
                    Eli's opportunity to become a legend.
                    Originally posted by Vikes99ej
                    These last 50 seconds will define Eli Manning.
                    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

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                    • Originally posted by Number 10 View Post
                      I really, really don't want Staley at 20.
                      Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay were doing a mock draft on ESPN radio today and Staley was the pick once again.

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                      • Originally posted by Number 10 View Post
                        If there was a #1 CB there for the taking, I'd take him in a second. But all ofthe CBs this year are mediocre in my eyes. No need in reaching for one at #20, I'd be more secure with it if we traded down a bit.
                        Well, I've always been a fan of trading down, but I'm just assuming that's not going to happen right now.

                        I think Revis would be a really great pick for us at #20 if would could get him. That said, I wouldn't be a fan if we picked Houston, particulary at #20, but I could live with it.

                        I would really love to have Josh Wilson in the second, but I'm unsure if he'll be at our pick in the second round - he might be a great corner, but I think a lot of people do not like his size. It doesn't really bother me personally.
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                        • Originally posted by ricky bobby View Post
                          Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay were doing a mock draft on ESPN radio today and Staley was the pick once again.
                          He's the one guy I just don't want, plain and simple.
                          Originally posted by Paul
                          Eli's opportunity to become a legend.
                          Originally posted by Vikes99ej
                          These last 50 seconds will define Eli Manning.
                          MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

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                          • Originally posted by Number 10 View Post
                            He's the one guy I just don't want, plain and simple.
                            i totally agree- i dont think we should just take an OT because the ones after him are not that great. I do agree oline needs to be addressed in this draft and if its not levi brown or joe thomas ill pass 1st round. Guards like manny ramirez or tackles like james marten are there in the later rounds and will provide us with great depth, skill and potential at the position. Defense needs to be addressed 1st round and i would prefer chris houston, revis, timmons or beason over staley absolutely.

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                            • I disagree about Joe Staley. He's not my number one option, but I wouldn't mind the pick. He is extremely athletic for a guy his size and experts say that he can play around 320, 325. It all depends on who is on the board at the time. I would be upset if he took him over Revis, Hall or Timmons. Other than that, I would be ok with the pick. I certainly like him more than Levi Brown, who lookes like he already peaked in college.

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                              • Last season we were statiscally one of the worst teams in the league in covering TE. That is our OLB problem and fault. Therefore wouldnt it make sense to draft an OLB that is good in coverage and has proven that he can cover TE and make good plays against the run also? For some reason just because the guy is 6'1, Lawrence Timmons' stock has dropped and is not being regarded as the phenomenal pro prospect he will become anymore. I think he is a better fit for our team and our team's needs than paul posluzny. Just because people may like Poz's smash mouth type of football and good attitude, i dont think hes the best fit out of all the OLB available. I think if timmons is there, he should be our pick.

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