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Experts grade New York Giants 2015 Draft

The Giants are officially off the clock.

After seven rounds in three days, the 2015 NFL Draft concluded Saturday in Chicago as 256 college prospects turned pro across the league.

Of those, the Giants drafted six players, who will now be linked together as the franchise's 2015 Draft Class. gathered rapid reactions and early grades from media outlets around the country.  


Ereck Flowers takes a tour of Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the first time!

"Flowers is a big, strong, power man. He's a powerful run blocker and has prototypical tackle traits. He reminds me of the 49ers' Anthony Davis when he came out of Rutgers."

"Great pick for the Giants.  Young prospect.  Overpowering blocker.  Tone setter.  Great football character and best football should be ahead."

"Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wants to get the ball out of Eli Manning's hand quickly. Drafting Flowers assists the Giants in their running game as he can play right tackle and they can move Justin Pugh inside to guard."

"With some technique work, Flowers could be a complete tackle, but NFL teams don't take linemen in the top 10 to let them develop."

"The Giants needed help up front. This is a kid scouts loved. He is tough and physical. I think he plays right tackle and moves Justin Pugh inside."


"Collins runs a sub-4.5 40. He plays every game with his best effort. He is the best in-the-box safety in this draft. If you're a defensive back for (Alabama coach) Nick Saban, you're well coached. Collins finishes in the run game and he finishes in the pass game."

[**Todd McShay, ESPN

** ]("He's an excellent run defender as an in-the-box safety who is built like a weakside outside linebacker - and some teams think that might be his best position. He'll have trouble in coverage if he has to match up one-on-one against slot receivers with regularity, but he's athletic enough to cover most running backs and tight ends." 

Landon Collins tours Quest Diagnostics Training Center

"Widely viewed as this draft's top safety – in a weak class – before being passed over in Round 1, Collins was arguably the best player on the board heading into Friday. The Giants have a major hole at the position after losing Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown in free agency and opting so far not to re-sign Quintin Demps. Collins is an ideal box safety with decent cover skills who might also assume a linebacker role in sub packages."

"Much more range than he gets credit for. Don't just paint him as strictly a box safety, although that's what his strength is. He can roam a little bit more in the mid-field range, you can play him a little bit deeper at times, he gives you that flexibility, and now you get an extremely motivated young man." 

"Love the Giants pick. Collins has been dinged for his coverage skills, but he is much better in coverage than some have projected."


"He is a specimen. He can set the edge. He plays hard from snap to whistle. Odighizuwa has had some injuries in his past, which might be why he's slid in this draft."

Pete Prisco,

"The Giants love to pick pass rushers, and this kid can rush the passer. So there´s some value. But he does have some medical issues."

"Should be able to step in and help against the run almost immediately. Projects as either a 4–3 DE or 3–4 OLB; that versatility will help him. Career sack numbers oversell his actual abilities as a pass-rusher."


Photos of Texas DB Mykkele Thompson

"Needed to add safeties to the roster and with Landon Collins are accomplishing that. Thompson has good size -- 6-foot-1, 200 pounds -- with impressive athleticism but limited experience."

"Thompson plays with more range than his measurables suggest. He's not flashy, but the Giants can utilize him in nickel/dime alignments as a depth DB."



Photos of UCONN WR Geremy Davis

"Good size and is a really skilled receiver, particularly in the middle of the field. Lacks the speed to make an impact on the outside but an underrated prospect."

[**Dan Graziano,

**]("This is a big (6-foot-2, 216 pounds) and strong (23 bench-press reps, tied for most his position, at the combine) wide receiver who does a decent job of using his size to his advantage in traffic. He's not known for his speed or his separation or his hands, but that's why he's in the sixth round, right? When you take guys in this round, you're looking for people who have some skills and physical traits and can try to work their way up on special teams, and Davis is one of those team-captain types the Giants have been trying to scoop up in these past couple of drafts. Best-case scenario, he develops sometime down the road as a red zone target or maybe converts to tight end. Worst-case scenario, he's scary as heck on coverage units."


"Nothing wrong with taking a huge (6-foot-5, 329-pound) offensive lineman at the end of the draft. Hart obviously played at a high level of competition, blocking for Jameis Winston at Florida State. Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the team projects him as a guard at the NFL level, even though he played right tackle in college. Hart, 20, is very young and obviously has room and time to grow."

"Bobby Hart is a young prospect (turns 21 in August) with mobility ideal for the Giants move toward more spread looks while possessing the girth to grow into a contributor in their power run game."

Photos of the Giants 2015 official roster

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