The NFL draft is inching closer, and with it come cheers and jeers as franchises are forever shaped by the day’s events. The first round will be filled with its fair share of drama, debate, and celebration, and while it gets all the attention, it’s really the second day that fleshes out a franchise.
The first round could go in many directions for New York as they will undoubtedly be faced with the never-ending dilemma of talent or need.
Day two for the New York Giants will be a little less pressurized as the second and third round picks will give the Giants more clarity about what they need versus availability.
With the Victor Cruz scenario still undecided, and Hakeem Nicks seemingly always injured, the Giants should consider Markus Wheaton. Wheaton is a projected second or third round talent, but he’s certainly capable of producing like a first rounder.
In his four seasons at Oregon, Wheaton’s progression and development is unmatched by perhaps any receiver in the draft.
The former Duck jumped in production every year from 2009-2012, and his draft stock is a refection of that. He may have been overlooked initially thanks to his size at 6’1 and a lack of end zone production his junior year, but his senior campaign quieted that noise.
In his final season with the Ducks Wheaton snagged 91 balls and 11 touchdowns. The eleven scores were a nice surprise from the young wide-out as he only tallied a total of five leading up to his senior year.
Another talent the Giants should consider on the second day of the draft is outside linebacker Arthur Brown.
Brown spent two season with Kansas State and racked up 201 tackles in the process. His athleticism and size could give Perry Fewell the option of playing Brown at either inside or outside linebacker.
Perhaps the best quality about Brown is his ability to play against running quarterbacks, something the Giants will be doing almost all season next year as they will face off against Mike Vick, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, and even Aaron Rodgers. He was one of the fastest players on K-State’s roster, and would give the G-Men some much-needed speed at linebacker.
Keeping with the defense, the Giants could also turn to some secondary help as Corey Webster and Co. got burned in almost every game.
Boise State corner back Jamar Taylor would be an interesting selection for the Giants on day two.
Taylor started every game for the Broncos his senior year and racked up very respectable numbers for a cornerback. Taylor recorded 51 total tackles, four interceptions, and 2.5 sacks. He added nine pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He was rewarded with first-team All-Mountain West honors.
No matt the direction New York travels in this year’s draft, the Giants are likely to get it right as they have in the past. Jerry Reese will be looking at a very talented draft class this year, and while we focus on the present we always pray for the future.
In Reese We Trust.