On May 11, the day after the 2014 NFL Draft, ESPN guru Mel Kiper Jr. gave an initial "B" grade to the Giants' seven-player class.
But after witnessing their production this season, Kiper took his red pen back out.
With the next one about to heat up in the coming weeks and months, ESPN re-graded last year's draft for all 32 teams, and the Giants received an "A" from Kiper.
"If you prorate Odell Beckham Jr.'s numbers over 16 games, it comes to 121 catches for 1,740 yards and 16 TDs," Kiper wrote. "I mention that only because when people see the 91 catches for over 1,300 yards and those 12 TD catches, they tend to forget Beckham didn't even play until Week 5. More incredible, through his first three games, he had only 10 catches. What happened the second half of the season was absurd. Wait -- we're supposed to be talking about the draft, right? Needless to say, the Giants might have added a generational-type talent, a guy who stands out even from a loaded WR class.
"Elsewhere, Weston Richburg had his struggles at guard, but I actually think he's better at center, so that was a transition. And he did rack up well over 1,000 snaps. Not bad. Andre Williams produced when he saw the field and could be the starter in 2015, and Devon Kennard is also a likely starter after playing well down the stretch. Jay Bromley is still a question mark, and they did need D-line help, but they also saw Johnathan Hankins emerge. The Giants stood pat, hit a home run with Beckham as the third WR taken and weren't done there. Great draft."
|1||12||WR||Odell Beckham Jr.||LSU|
|2||43||C||Weston Richburg||Colorado State|
|4||113||RB||Andre Williams||Boston College|
|5||152||S||Nat Berhe||San Diego State|
|6||187||CB||Bennett Jackson||Notre Dame|