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Giants Jerry Reese And The Draft

Posted on: March 1, 2011 7:00 am
 

NEW YORK – Everyone has an opinion. Some of the fans that make up the Giants Nation, think GM Jerry Reese does an outstanding job handling the NFL draft (you can include me in this group). Still, there are others who think he doesn’t do a very good job. I’m not sure what the fans see that bring them to that conclusion but I will respect their opinion. Some fans are just die-hard Ernie Accorsi advocates and with good reason but they have to remember that Reese was taught by Accorsi and was given his blessing to take the reigns. I would not be surprised at all if Mr. Accorsi still calls the stadium every once in a while, when he thinks a certain player might be a sleeper or steal somewhere late in the draft. There are certain guys who can never get the job out of their system.

You have to understand that Jerry Reese loves this time of the year. He salivates at the prospect of getting a superstar via the draft and letting them grow with the team. Handling the NFL Draft is work but make no mistake about it, the draft is also fun to certain front office people. The war rooms, the prospect boards and ratings, the months of research, Radio City Music Hall in New York and 3 days of madness that can only be compared to the sleepless nights of an Ibiza vacation that leaves one feeling and looking like a zombie. The guys who work on the NFL draft for Big Blue must sleep for a full 24 hours following the draft on Sunday night through Monday and into Tuesday morning.

The Giants staff have been actively observing all of the players at the NFL combine for the past week and have no doubt made their reports on prospects the team might be interested in. Who will the team bring in for the minicamp and training camp? It’s too early to tell but the fact that Head Coach Tom Coughlin is looking to boost the offensive line is a good thing. In my opinion, GM Jerry Reese will be fine and once again bring in premium talent. 

Some of the players drafted under the Reese regime include WR Steve Smith, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, S Kenny Phillips, CB Terrell Thomas, TE Kevin Boss, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, OL William Beatty, WR Mario Manningham and WR Hakeem Nicks just to name a few. That is not a bad group of players at all. I have full confidence in Mr. Reese and his staff and do not understand why fans would think otherwise. What do you think?

Do you expect New York Giants GM Jerry Reese to have a solid draft in April 2011?

Comments

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Giants Jerry Reese And The Draft

Hello NY Fan, I wouldn't disagree with anything you said. I think you're right about us needing a MLB and OL. Getting another intense CB seems like a must this year along with grabbing a RB.



Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Giants Jerry Reese And The Draft

I believe Jerry will have a solid draft. The Giants do have needs in many areas but OL and MLB are their biggest needs. Hopefully Jerry agrees with me and drafts appropriately. I just pray if Jerry doesn't draft guys that can make an immediate impact he goes out and trades or signs free agents that can come right in and do so. I wouldn't mind if he drafted a CB early either.




Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Giants Jerry Reese And The Draft

If Wisniewski is around at our pick in round two, they are definitely going to draft him. He is the highest ranked true Center according to cbs sports. I absolutely love this kid and hope the team can somehow grab him. I would go as far as to say he might be worth moving up a few picks to lock him down. 



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Giants Jerry Reese And The Draft

I think he'll still be there when we pick in round 2. 




Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Giants Jerry Reese And The Draft

You think LB Akeem Ayers will still be on the board by the 19th pick? I would take him in a second but I don't think he will be around. What about C Stefen Wisniewski? Do you think he is a possibility in round two or do you think he will be gone by our pick in rd 2?



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:32 am
 

Giants Jerry Reese And The Draft

I know exactly what you mean about Coughlin not starting rookies. I think he is just old school when it comes to that and not a matter of Reese's choices. 



I can understand about not starting rookies.  But, for pitisakes, at least PLAY them. 


Any suggestions on who the G-Men should take with the No.19 overall pick in round one? This picks changes by the week so I'm asking again about it.


I would love for them to pick the best OLB available at that spot.  Second choice - best DT available.  3rd choice - best OT.  My ideal choices; in order of preference: 

1) Akeem Ayers - OLB - UCLA
2) Corey Liuget - DT - Illinois
3) Nate Solder - OT - Colorado



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:08 am
 

Giants Jerry Reese And The Draft

Hey Charlie, I don't think you can equate injuries to having a miss with a pick. Some of the guys Reese drafted such as Aaron Ross (who was a big part of the Super Bowl team) would be in the hit category if not for injuries. I think he has had more hits then misses personally. I know exactly what you mean about Coughlin not starting rookies. I think he is just old school when it comes to that and not a matter of Reese's choices. 

I do agree that some of Reese's picks have turned out to be busts but most of those were drafted in the latter rounds where a players potential playing time gets diminished greatly. Heck, Coughlin even held QB Eli Manning out for a half of season his rookie year. I know were talking QB's which is a whole different animal but at least he has been consistent. I would put up Jerry Reese's picks from rounds 1-3 against any other GM in the NFL. Check out nygreporter.com and leave a comment. Jerry Reese should get GM of the Year soon, in my opinion. When the team is fully healthy, then I can begin to see what these chess pieces can do. 

Any suggestions on who the G-Men should take with the No.19 overall pick in round one? This picks changes by the week so I'm asking again about it.



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:38 am
 

Giants Jerry Reese And The Draft

Do you expect New York Giants GM Jerry Reese to have a solid draft in April 2011?


Hey, Mock King U.  Jerry Reese, in my opinion, has been hit or miss.  He hit with Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Ahmad Bradshaw.  But, he's missed more than he's hit.  Despite several seasons under Reese, our Linebacking corps is still a team weakness, and many of the other draft picks hardly see the field, which means Reese is drafting players that Tom Coughlin is afraid to play.  Is that more Coughlin's fault than Reese's?  Maybe.  Still, Coughlin defenders that defend Coughlin swear that the players don't see the field because they're not that good, not ready to see the field, etc....  If this is true (which I doubt), then that would mean Reese has gotten it wrong on draft day more often than getting it right.  So, in short - it is Reese drafting the wrong players?  Is Coughlin just stubborn and coaching scared; afraid to play his younger players?  Or is it a combination of both?  Either way, a majority of Reese's draft picks have failed to make an impact.  I think you have to put at least some of the responsibility on Reese for that. 

So, to answer your question, I have no idea what to expect.  Hopefully, Reese has learned from the past and will abandon the best-player-available philosophy and draft based on NEED this year.  More importantly, let's hope he drafts players Coughlin isn't afraid to play.  If not, then we fans are in for more disappointment and more wasted draft picks. 


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