|New York Giants 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (6-0, 206);
2 - Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina (6-2, 309);
3 - Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy (5-9, 185);
4 - James Brewer, OT, Indiana (6-6, 323);
6 - Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State (6-0, 242);
6 - Tyler Sash, S, Iowa (6-0, 211);
6 - Jacquian Williams, OLB, South Florida (6-3, 231);
7 - Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland (5-11, 211)
Top Pick Analysis: The Giants received an unexpected reward when Amukamara, considered a top 10 player in many circles, fell to them with the 19th overall pick. The Nigerian descendant is solid in all phases and at worst will be an immediate contributor as a nickel back at worst. Austin brings a similar level of talent but far more risk, as his collegiate production rarely matched his exceptional skill set and he was suspended for his entire senior season at North Carolina for interaction with an agent. Jernigan's small size may limit him to the slot as a pro, but he possesses above-average hands and speed and is extremely elusive after the catch, making him an asset in the return game as well. His addition suggests the Giants are concerned about the long-term prognosis of Steve Smith, who underwent microfracture knee surgery in December.
Best Value Pick: Austin, if he's willing to put the work into maximizing his considerable potential. Jernigan was a nice get in the third round, while Jones was a highly productive player in the Big 10 whose instincts compensate for his short stature and questionable strength.
We Question Why: GM Jerry Reese didn't do more to repair an offensive line that's aging and was ravaged by injuries last year, especially in the middle. Brewer has upside but probably not ready to contribute right away.
Summary: Though they weren't able to solve their most pressing needs on the offensive line and at outside linebacker, the Giants brought in worthwhile prospects with just about every selection they made.
FINAL GRADE: B+