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Ramses Barden: ...So let it be done.

Posted on: April 27, 2009 12:22 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2009 12:27 pm
 

"The city that he builds shall bear my name... So let it be written, so let it be done."



The famous quote above was spoken by actor Yul Brynner - as Pharaoh Rameses II - in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille classic The Ten Commandments. Much like ESPN's coverage of the 2009 NFL Draft, Commandments was an overproduced, gaudy opus of overacting and chest-banging self-indulgence. I'm referring, of course, to the commentators and "experts" trotted out every 2 minutes to bless us viewers with their knowledge and insight. Give me Chris Mortensen any day, but the rest can join me on my couch if they like. If I have to listen to Keyshawn Johnson and Steve Young try to "one-up" each other and argue all afternoon about whether QB's or WR's are more important to their football team, they may as well be available to make an occasional beer run.

There's another comparison one can draw from The Ten Commandemnts. Each year, the NFL draft's story line is the same for most of the teams involved; one that involves reaching the promised land. The draft is what it is - pick the players you think are the best and fit your needs. The New York Giants have had three productive and relatively successful drafts under general manger Jerry Reese. I have to admit that the Hakeem Nicks pick was not only predictable but anticlimactic; it was going to be Nicks, Kenny Britt or Brian Robiskie at #29 in the first round. Reese has shown to be a smart yet conservative in his drafting, so Nicks was the clear choice. 

Nabbing Andre Brown - the often injured yet talanted running back out of N.C. State - was a pleasant surprise falling to the 129th pick. OLB Clint Stintim (Virginia) will be a nice addition to the linebacking corps, and OT William Beatty (UConn) was a smart choice in adding depth to a strong but aging offensive line. Each year I look for that pick that intrigues me - that player that flew under the radar that everyone thinks might be an impact player, but didn't play on the national stage or against the elite schools. In 2004, I was intrigued and excited about the trade for Eli Manning, but like most Giants fans the immediate bashings and less-than-stellar start to his career quickly derailed my enthusiasm. As I've mentioned, Jerry Reese makes smart but safe choices. I've been satisfied with most all of his picks the past few years, but his selection in the 3rd round (85th overall) has got me shivering with anticipation. That pick was Cal Poly Wide Receiver Ramses Barden. 

Who? 

Ramses Barden, that's who. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/
players/1246159
   

He's 6'6", weighs in at 228 lbs and has an armspan of... well, let's just say that I wouldn't be shocked if he could touch the sidelines with his fingertips while standing on the "NFL" logo at midfield. He's a hulking figure and towers over everyone else running downfield. Built like a brick sh**house as my father used to say. A brick sh**house, indeed

In researching Barden and looking at some highlight films, what's most impressive about his physical attributes is his ability to keep defensive backs off his body by boxing them out to get himself into the best possible position (and his defenders into the worst possible position) for catching the ball. He seems to have good overall athletic skills for a big guy, and enough agility to get down on low passes over the middle while leaping for extremely overthrown balls. He does have his drawbacks according to the scouting reports; he's got average speed at best, and doesn't have overly reliable hands like Hakeem Nicks. He's not going to blow anybody off the line, but at 6'6", will he ever really need to?

I can't explain why I like this pick so much. Perhaps it's simple mathmatics - Eli Manning relied so much on the 6'5" Plaxico Burress that a replacement that's an inch taller and will potentially gain another few pounds of muscle before the season begins seems like a perfect fit. I understand that my enthusiasm needs to be tempered. He's a rookie. He may not be able to make the transition to the pro level. He may need time to develop his skills. There also happens to be a few other wideouts on the team that will have something to say about his playing time - Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham and the aforementioned Mr. Nicks are all in the mix heading into the season.

I can't say how Tom Coughlin will handle this, but I know what I'd like to see him do: Give this kid a shot. IF he's healthy, IF he's proving himself consistently in training camp, IF he's going the extra mile to improve his game and IF he's able to handle the transition and make a connection with Eli... let's see what he's got. Even if it's only on third down situations or inside the red zone, I want that guy out there to compliment the sure-handedness of Steve Smith and the quickness of Domenik Hixon. I want to see the fade pattern make its triumphant return to the Giants offensive playbook.

I know what you're thinking. I should calm down. Take it easy on this one, right? There's no way for us to know how this will eventually work out, and the chances that a rookie receiver from California Polytechnic State University will make a significant impact in his first year or two are pretty slim.

You know what I'm thinking? I'm thinking that if Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon and Kevin Boss have proven one thing - it's that you don't need to be a first round draft pick or a seasoned veteran to make an impact on the receiving corps of the New York Giants. Somehow, someway, they will find a way to put your talent to use. I'm also thinking that I want to pre-order my professional "BARDEN" jersey once they put up his number on the team website. 

Play the kid if he's up for it... So let it be written, so let it be done. 





sources: gopoly.com / nfldraftblitz.com / nfl.com

Comments

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 8:44 am
 

Ramses Barden: ...So let it be done.

Great Article and a great video! Keep up the good work! Go Big Blue!



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2009 1:00 pm
 

Ramses Barden: ...So let it be done.

Tikki, that was a sick video.

I am really excited to see our draft picks in action. A friend of mine insists that NFL corners will totally shut down Barden off the line but he's a hater (and an eagles fan).



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2009 5:36 pm
 

Ramses Barden: ...So let it be done.

RAM -BAR is all yours Tikki!

I will refer to him as King Ramses, or simply "King".

Great video of the skills competition, too. That backwards one-handed catch looked way too easy for him.


Cheeks - I love your confidence in our receiving corps, and I like Hixon and Smith very much. Manningham has to prove he's not going to be plagued by nagging little injuries and Tyree has been around for a number of years; the Super Bowl was phenomenal, but since 2003 he's only had about 50 receptions in 70 games. In other words, he's never been a consistent presence in the offense.

Nicks and (hopefully) Bardem instantly upgrade the WR position for us. And thanks for the kind feedback!



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2009 1:58 pm
 

Ramses Barden: ...So let it be done.



RAM BAR looks like Keshawn on stilts.

Can't wait to see this guy play in a Giants' jersey.





Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2009 1:47 pm
 

Ramses Barden: ...So let it be done.

let's see what he's got. Even if it's only on third down situations or inside the red zone, I want that guy out there to compliment the sure-handedness of Steve Smith and the quickness of Domenik Hixon. I want to see the fade pattern make its triumphant return to the Giants offensive playbook.

Bingo, there's no reason gilbride to use a baseball analogy, can't call the bullpen and bring in the big man Ram -Bar (attribute that nickname to me before you all take it for your own) in the green zone to run that fade that Plax made famous. At the least Barden, can do this right away and it will present some match up challenges for the opponent's defense.

+ I like the Bekum pick too. He will be in the mix between the 20's.





Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2009 11:06 pm
 

Ramses Barden: ...So let it be done.

Wow Blu, this was extremely well written. If only Gregg Doyel could learn to write like this...

I don't understand the New York Giants. How a team with Domenik Hixon, David Tyree, Steve Smith and Mario Manningham desperately needs another wide receiver is beyond me. I may be missing something here, but I do believe the Giants are loaded at the receiver position...

I'm interested to see whether Ramses Barden does anything of significance in the NFL.

You never know about those small-school receivers.

Hey - if a kid from Mississippi Valley State can go on to have *some* success in the NFL, I don't see why Barden can't!



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2009 5:26 pm
 

Ramses Barden: ...So let it be done.

That was a great video, Bandulu - thanks for posting it!



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2009 12:34 pm
 

Ramses Barden: ...So let it be done.

I think the G Men had a great draft, and I definitely agree with you on Barden. I think the kid will be a beast. The Giants seem to get it done every year and I am really liking the things Jerry Reese does each draft day.

I am equally excited about Travis Beckum and a real nice surprise, the cherry on the sundae if you will, was Stoney Woodson from SC in the 7th.

I am admittedly in full-baseball mode, but am really getting souped up for the fall watching these highlights of Barden. Almost spooky when he's in single coverage in the corner of the end zone.



Good analysis and good writing as usual, Blu.


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