|By Tony Moss, NFL Editor|
|Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below we take a look at the 2010 draft selections of the New York Giants, highlighting the ramifications of their two-day haul and assigning grades for their efforts.|
1 - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida (6-5, 270);
2 - Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina (6-4, 328);
3 - Chad Jones, S, LSU (6-2, 221);
4 - Phillip Dillard, LB, Nebraska (6-0, 242);
5 - Mitch Petrus, G, Arkansas (6-3, 310);
6 - Adrian Tracy, OLB, William & Mary (6-3, 247);
7 - Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina (6-1, 223)
Analysis: It was speculated that the Giants were targeting Pierre-Paul to help bolster a declining pass rush, though Big Blue fans were (and are) worried about a player who may or may not be a combine wonder. Joseph was another interesting pick, as he seems to be a player better suited for a 3-4 than the 4-3 that the Giants run. The defensive theme continued in Round 3, where the G- Men got a player in Jones who is big but could be a liability on coverage, and in Round 4, when they tabbed the sturdy but somewhat slow Dillard. Petrus was a good selection for a club that needed some interior line depth. Tracy is a question mark, a college defensive end who will need to transition to OLB at the next level. The selection of Dodge, believed by some to be the best punter in this Draft, apparently spells the end of the Jeff Feagles era in North Jersey. It has been reported that Feagles will retire.
Bottom Line: Took some major gambles, beginning with Pierre-Paul, and may have left themselves short at linebacker.