This is a weird one; it is never good when two of a team’s draft picks are not retained by the practice squad. Some of that we can write off as injuries. Ya know injuries happen and there is no real way to plan around them. However the main picks in this draft had very little production and that is a lot more concerning. Granted picking at the bottom of the first round, the team does not need to hit a home run, but putting together a solid draft class is the goal, and so far that is not the case here. One year ago I gave the Giants average grades for their offensive heavy draft, but I have soured on it a lot since then.
A quick look at the 2009 Giants draft class:
•Round One (29)- Hakeem Nicks WR
•Round Two (45)- Clint Sintim LB
•Round Two (60)- William Beatty OT
•Round Three (85)- Ramses Barden WR
•Round Three (100)- Travis Beckum TE
•Round Four (129)- Andre Brown RB
•Round Five (151)- Rhett Bomar QB
•Round Six (200)- DeAndre Wright WR
•Round Seven (238)- Stoney Woodson DB
So Nicks caught 47 passes in 14 games. Sintim played in 11 games as a reserve. Beatty started the last four games and figures to be a starter here for some time to come. Barden caught one ball. Beckum caught eight ball in 15 games. Brown went down in pre season with an injury. Bomar spent the year on the practice squad. Wright was cut in pre season, and Woodson was injured in pre season and then cut.
So there is a chance for this class to have a lot of upside, but right now it looks pretty bad. They loaded up on receivers instead of addressing other needs, and I think that is the mistake here. They Got Beatty and he is the gem here, but one year out we have to give this draft class a C- grade.
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