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Fact or Fiction: Are Rookies "NFL-Ready"?


Odell Beckham Jr is the most NFL-ready WR the Giants have drafted**

  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -"NFL-ready" is a dangerous expression to use. It's impossible to judge how a player reacts when making the jump to professional football. The guy I would put right with Beckham Jr. is Hakeem Nicks, who came out of a pro system at North Carolina and had a lot of the characteristics of an NFL receiver. I will give the nod to Beckham, however, since he has been called the best route runner of all receivers in this draft. In my opinion, that is one of the most important aspects of a receiver's game that is often overlooked in college prospects.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -I'm somewhat limited by my age to give an adequate response, but I know of one from this generation that was probably more ready for the pros coming out of college. And that was Hakeem Nicks. He had all the tools after setting every school record in North Carolina's system. I'll give the edge to Nicks.

Rookie centers can start from day one in the NFL

  • MICHAEL EISEN: Fact -Rookie linemen start in the league every season. Maurkice Pouncey was Pittsburgh's first-round draft choice in 2010 and started every game at center that year. So Weston Richburg certainly has a chance to win the Giants' center job this season.
  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -I think this can apply to all offensive linemen. If you are strong enough, the transition from collegiate to pro lineman doesn't seem to be as difficult to make as it is at different positions. The mental responsibilities of a center, such as calling protections, probably makes it tougher than guard and perhaps even tackle, but with Richburg's intelligence, I don't see it as an issue.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fact -There are plenty of examples in the NFL, most recently right in the Giants' division with Travis Frederick of the Dallas Cowboys. He jumped right in and started all 16 games for them in 2013. Centers are typically knowledgeable players, making the jump to the pros not as difficult just based on their general makeup.


Adrien Robinson will be the Giants starting tight end on opening day**

  • MICHAEL EISEN: Fact -It's now or never for Robinson, who has worked hard this offseason to put two disappointing years behind him. Just a hunch that the Giants' decision to draft him in 2012 will begin to pay dividends this year.
  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -Adrien Robinson might have the most physical potential of any tight end on the Giants roster, but he has never translated that to production on the collegiate or NFL level. He also hasn't been able to stay healthy since coming to the Giants. Both Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells have started in this league before, and Larry Donnell has more NFL experience as well, so I can't give Robinson the benefit of the doubt just yet.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -He'll definitely get his shot, but he just needs to be concerned with getting on the field, period. He's played in just three games over his first two seasons, and while he may make strides this summer, I think the most proven player will win out. Kellen Davis is not only that, but he is also a massive 6-7, 265-pound force that will help in the protection of Eli Manning.

The backup QB battle will be the most intriguing to watch during training camp

  • MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction -It may be intriguing, but it's still a battle between players the Giants hope never step on the field in an important situation. I'm more interested to see what happens at running back. Assuming, as the Giants do, that David Wilson is cleared for contact, it will be interesting to see how the snaps are divided among Wilson, Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams. All three could be significant contributors.
  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -It will be intriguing, to be sure, but not the most intriguing. I'll give that to the tight ends or wide receivers. Quarterback, however, is a position that is fun to evaluate at practice. You can see things like zip on the ball, accuracy and decision making a lot easier than you can other positions.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fact -I want to say it's in the trenches on either the offensive or defensive line, but there isn't much full-contact hitting in camp. So you kind of have to wait until the preseason games to see that play out. For a player the team hopes to never see, the backup quarterback is very intriguing. You have a former 4,000-yard passer in Josh Freeman, your backup from last year in Curtis Painter, and then there's the question of what can Ryan Nassib bring to the table. This week Nassib said the new system fits him coming from the same style at Syracuse. It'll be fun to watch.
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