Draft Coverage: 2010 Draft Grades
Sporting News has given the Giants a C for their work in the draft.
Hard to argue with the talent eye of GM Jerry Reese, but taking defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul at No. 15 was a risk. He is a great athlete but has limited experience. Second-round defensive tackle Linval Joseph might have a bigger immediate impact.
Summary: Good draft. I like the bet they’re making on Jason Pierre-Paul. If you have a chance to take a potential star at that point, and it won’t kill you in the meantime because you have some depth, it’s a shot you can take. Beyond that, Linval Joseph could be a steal. A really active player at his size. Giants fans might not know Phillip Dillard, but as inside linebackers go, he has excellent range and could develop into a really good one. At No. 117 overall, that’s a nice get.Draft grade: B
Talent and upside was the theme of the Giants’ first two picks. If DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DT Linval Joseph hit their ceilings, watch out — this D-line could be scary. If not, it’s back to the drawing board. A real boom-or-bust class for New York
New York Giants (Day 1: C-; Day 2: A-): A pretty mixed bag here — DE Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t make the most sense at No. 15, but DT Linvall Joseph (No. 46) and S Chad Jones (No. 76) could both start. OL Mitch Petrus (No. 147) adds needed depth inside. Final Grade: B-
Giants general manager Jerry Reese usually has smart, safe drafts where he takes the best player off the board. So having said that, it was very strange to see Reese draft players like Jason Pierre-Paul and Linval Joseph – two very athletic high-risk, high-upside players.
Inside linebacker was a huge need that Reese didn’t address until the fourth round with Phillip Dillard. Dillard was decent value there, but it’s unclear if he’ll be an upgrade over Antonio Pierce. Why not draft Sean Weatherspoon at No. 15? Weatherspoon would have been a better fit for Perry Fewell’s defense than Rolando McClain.
Overall, it’s possible that we’ll look back in a few years and give the Giants an A+ grade if Pierre-Paul and Joseph pan out. It’s more likely, however, that New York will deserve an F because those two players have a high bust rate. So, let’s meet in the middle and give the Giants a C.
Best pick: It was their first one. I love Jason Pierre-Paul. They need a pass rusher, and they got a good one.
Questionable move: Not taking a middle linebacker until Phillip Dillard in the fourth round. They need to replace Antonio Pierce.
Third-day gem: Fifth-round pick Mitch Petrus is a strong, powerful player who excels in the run game. The Giants want to get tougher, and he will help.
Analysis: Their first three picks were all players I really liked. Pierre-Paul will be a beast. I also liked second-round pick Linval Joseph and third-round pick Chad Jones. Jerry Reese did a nice job.
There you go in a New York Minute’s debut.
Most people weren’t the highest on the Giants draft, and considered it boom or bust, which could be accurate. Let’s hope Boom!