BREAKING NEWS: Prince Amukamara Breaks Foot, Surgery Needed

We’re not joking.

To make matters worse, Giants tight end Ben Patrick retired today and Osi Umenyiora is still unhappy about his contract.  Things are not looking good for the Giants.

Could this offseason go any worse for the G-Men?  With Bruce Johnson lost for the year, the Giants are now very shallow in the secondary.  Big Blue still has Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, and Aaron Ross as their three feature cornerbacks, but Prince would have rounded out that group very nicely.

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Osi to be Traded?

It’s early, but ESPN has reported that the Giants have given Osi Umenyiora’s agent permission to work out a trade. Things just seem to be getting tougher for the Giants this offseason. If Ahmad Bradshaw signs anywhere else but with the Giants this offseason can officially be considered a bust for Jerry Reese. Don’t forget Reese has yet to sign first round draft pick Prince Amukamara.

The Giants season is shaping up to be a run of the mill 8-8 year. Reese focuses on the draft and to his credit he has drafted exceptionally; however with the Giants experiencing cap issues and not reeling in any free agents for the first time I’m questioning Reese’s ability. My honest opinion, I believe Osi is dealt and Bradshaw signs elsewhere its just the way this off-season is shaping up.

UPDATE: The Giants have signed Ahmad Bradshaw.

Evaluating the Giants First Three Picks

With 3rd rounds concluded and the final 4 rounds (5 more picks) still pending, the Giants shocked many fans including myself on their picks. Before I breakdown each pick, I would like to point out that the Giants drafted quality players with their picks. With that being said, here is my evaluation for each player:

Round 1: Prince Amukamara-CB: A projected top 10 player who I had rated at 13 on my board. I understand the Giants picking Amukamara, based on his talent level and also a need at CB. However; if the Giants wanted a CB, I would have considered Jimmy Smith. In my opinion, Smith is equally athletic to Amukamara, but is more physical. With the abundance of quality WR’s in the NFL and many who will be facing the Giants in 2011. Smith would have been the better choice.

Round 2: Marvin Austin (DT): I can not argue with this pick at all. Austin is a top notch DT who could have gone in the late 1st round to early 2nd round.  In my mock draft, I had the Giants drafting a RB (Ryan Williams) , which would have been a quality pick as well. With Barry Cofield status unknown and the slow development of Linval Joesph, this pick makes alot of sense.

Round 3: Jerrel Jernigan (WR): Despite the lack of production in kickoffs and punt return, I feel the Giants could have addressed this area in the later rounds. The Giants re-signed Hixon to fill this need, so I am disappointed with this pick. I think Jernigan is a talent player, but again, using a 3rd round pick for him was unwarranted. My only conclusion with this pick is that Steve Smith may not be recovering as well as expected and Jernigan becomes an insurance policy as a replacement in case Smith doesn’t get healthy. If that is not the case, I would have concentrated with the 3rd round pick on an OLB or TE. Players like Chris Carter (OLB) and Mason Fraser (ILB) or perhaps Luke Stocker (TE). The Giants still need to address the OL with the later picks and I sincerely hope they acquire at least 2 OL with their remaining 5 picks. In my next post, I will evaluate the Giants remaining draft picks.

Marvin Austin

First Round NFL Draft Talking Points

– There were big winners, moderate winner, moderate losers, and big losers in last night’s draft.

– One big winner was the New York Giants, selecting Prince Amukamara 19th overall.  Another big winner were the Lions, snatching up Nick Fairley.  A Avril/Fairley/Suh/Vanden-Bosch defensive line may just be the best in football.  My third big winner comes from the city of New Orleans.  In Cam Jordan and Mark Ingram, the Saints got two quality players in late round picks.

– There were also some moderate winners.  Among these were the New York Jets, the Bills, the Ravens, the Colts, and the Bears.  They all got quality players who could have been taken much earlier in the draft.  If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know how I feel about Wilkerson.  But I want to specifically talk about the Bills.  They need a quarterback badly.  If Andy Dalton is there when they pick next, take him.

– The moderate losers were the Patriots, Eagles, Dolphins, and Cowboys.  The Patriots lost two years of Richard Seymour to draft an offensive tackle?  C’mon.  And the Eagles could have gotten a star defender, yet they went with an offensive guard who isn’t much more talented than the ones in later rounds.  As far as the Dolphins go, I like Pouncey, I really do.  But you need a quarterback.  Chad Henne isn’t the answer.  As for the Cowboys, Tyron Smith projects to be a great tackle, but is he going to make an impact as much as someone as Watt or Fairley?

– Then there were the big losers.  The Broncos passed up on Marcell Dareus to go strictly for need in Von Miller.  Miller fits the need, but Dareus was the much better player.  The Falcons gave up way to much to move up and select Julio Jones.  He better be the next Larry Fitzgerald.  Then there was the 49ers who needed a quarterback, but passed up on one to reach for Aldon Smith.  A pick later, the Titans passed on Blaine Gabbert for Jake Locker.  Are you kidding me?  At 12 overall, the Vikings took Christian Ponder, who projected to be taken much later.  They could have easily traded down if they really wanted him.  Then came the Chargers who passed on a plethora of great defensive prospects to fill a need at defensive tackle.  Last but not least came the Seahawks, who took a guard projected to be taken much later in the draft.  They could have taken a really good defensive player, yet they passed up on all of them.

– One team you really could put anywhere is the Panthers.  The Cam Newton debate is a crazy one.  I think he, along with Tim Tebow, will be one hell of a player to watch and follow throughout the next few years.

– Overall, it was a crazy first round.  There are still many great players left such as Akeem Ayers, Da’quan Bowers, and Andy Dalton.  Anything can happen in rounds two and three, therefore it will be a great watch tonight.

NFL Draft Round 1 Summary

Giants : Prince Amukamara
Great pick at 19th overall. Tons of skill here. What a steal for the G-Men. The only concern is his small hands, but maybe that’s nitpicking. I’m really shocked Prince fell this far, but it was a crazy draft. Didn’t fill a need, but no harm with going with the best player available.
Grade: A-
Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson
Another solid pick for the Jets at 30th overall. With Bowers and Ayers on the board, I believe the Jets made the right pick. Wilkerson has three years under his belt in a 3-4 system, and will easily fit into the DT/DE role with Rex Ryan’s defense. He could possible be the next Shaun Ellis for the Jets, possibly even beter. Love the pick.
Grade: B+