Reese’s stamp is all over Giants’ draft

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 10:37 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Jerry Reese’s first draft in 2007 would be called safe by today’s standards. In 2008, he took a few more risks. The next year, Reese gambled on greatness with nearly all his picks.

And this year just follows in line. Each year, he has continued to take risks, but calculated, high-reward risks that continue to add talent to a good Giants roster.

Eli Manning is in his prime. There are four young receivers who could make up a heck of a group. The run game remains strong. And the defense has talent, hoping to rebound from a bad season under new coordinator Perry Fewell.

It’s that last group that got all the help Thursday and Friday in the draft.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul has electric ability, and the Giants should be able to keep his assignments simple in Year One: rush the passer, young man.

DT Linval Joseph likely supplants Rocky Bernard, who wasn’t a good fit last year, and is the power player inside who can stop the run and free up the rushers outside in a rotation.

And third-round S Chad Jones, if he can focus on football, could be a nice hitter and coverage guy on the back end.

The chance of all three guys flopping is low. The Giants will get at least one very good player from this trio, I think. Reese has a good idea how this draft thing works: You have to roll the dice on greatness to get great players.

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