Seven new Giants are on their way to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center as part of the 2014 Draft Class. Now the work begins.
As the new rookies embark on their NFL careers, Giants.com goes through Big Blue’s draft and looks at the impact each pick should have on the roster.
Rd. 1 (No. 12) WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
Impact on roster: Known for his versatility, Beckham became one of the most dynamic players in LSU history as a receiver and returner. But first and foremost, the Giants drafted him to catch passes. Beckham can alleviate some of the pressure on Victor Cruz while reuniting with his former college teammate and “big brother” Rueben Randle. Adding weapons around Manning was a top priority for the Giants’ front office, and new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will get right to work with a player the organization believes can help put the ball in the end zone. In terms of complementing Cruz, head coach Tom Coughlin likes Beckham’s ability to make the big play as well as his “crafty” route-running. Beckham will be asked to contribute right away and compete with the likes of Mario Manningham, Randle, and Jerrel Jernigan. | >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Rd. 2 (No. 43) C Weston Richburg, Colorado State
Impact on roster: The Giants began their overhaul of the offensive line in free agency by bringing in four veterans and continued that process by drafting Richburg. The 50-game starter at Colorado State brings skill and durability the unit and will compete for the starting center job with J.D. Walton, one of the free agents brought in by the team this offseason. “We expect him to be the guy who Richburg is going to battle for that center position,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “Obviously you need depth at every position and that’s the position that we think Richburg will provide for us, some depth at center which is his natural position but we think he could play guard as well. Again, last year we had a couple injuries early on the offensive line and it was pretty devastating, we had to bring some guys in that struggled some at those positions so we’re trying to make sure we have enough depth at every position. This guy will help provide that for us." | >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Rd. 3 (No. 74) DT Jay Bromley, Syracuse
Impact on roster: The Giants lost half of their defensive line when Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph signed elsewhere in free agency, and while there are current players waiting in the wings to step up, the team needed more depth. As Tom Coughlin said, the Giants are working to get back to a physical brand of football, with the stronger, more physical unit on the field. “Bromley, of course, went to a great school, played defensive tackle, had 10 sacks [in 2013], which is really interesting,” Coughlin said. “You stop and think about it, a kid playing basically a three technique who has 10 sacks, runs very well, he’s quick, he plays hard." | >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Rd. 4 (No. 113) RB Andre Williams, Boston College
Impact on roster: A Heisman Trophy finalist can only do good things for a backfield. Aside from the obvious, Williams adds physicality to the mix of fellow running backs Rashad Jennings, whom the Giants signed this offseason, David Wilson, Peyton Hillis, and Michael Cox. Williams gives the Giants more depth at the position while creating a lot of competition/ | >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Rd. 5(a) (No. 152) S Nat Berhe, San Diego State
Impact on roster: There are football players, and then there are “football players.” Berhe is the latter, according to Reese, who also called him a “tackling machine.” He’ll play on all the special teams units initially as he works his way into the defense. | >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Rd. 5(b) (No. 174) LB Devon Kennard, USC
Impact on roster: Kennard brings versatility after spending time at linebacker -- inside and outside -- and defensive end in college. According to Reese, he can be a situational pass rusher while making his initial contribution on special teams. “I played in both, but for the majority of my career, it was a 4-3, and I played a lot of different positions,” Kennard said. “I came in as a defensive end and then I played SAM linebacker in a 4-3 and then defensive end in a 4-3, middle linebacker in a 4-3 and then this past season I played outside linebacker in a 3-4. I feel very well-versed doing a lot of different things." | >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Rd. 6 (No. 187) CB Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame
Impact on roster: The receiver-turned-cornerback will contribute on special teams while developing in the secondary. “We think he has some upside, has some intangibles that we like – height, weight, speed,” Reese said. “I think we could hit on a guy like this. Again, he’s our kind of guy, he’s a captain, a leader." | >> CLICK HERE TO WATCH HIGHLIGHTS