Round 1, Pick 19 (19): Justin Pugh/OT/Syracuse. Star Impact: ✪✪✪✪
Three-year starter who has played inside/outside. Mobile enough to get up and down the line and into the second level. Short arms may play to disadvantage at tackle. However, the organization intends to start him at right tackle with an eye on grooming him to eventually be their left bookend. Will remind you very much of David Diehl, who ironically, could replace on the roster.
Round 2, Pick 17 (49): Johnathan Hankins/DT/Ohio State. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Doesn’t look like a football player at first glance but his aggressiveness and instincts are what shows up most on tape most. Has experience lining up inside/outside on the defensive line and utilizes his strength well to shed blockers and take on double teams. Has suffered minor knee strains in each of the past two seasons. Played extensive amount of ball snaps for the Buckeyes but might be relegated to a two-down, run-stuffing specialist role with the Giants.
Round 3, Pick 19 (81): Damontre Moore/DE/Texas A&M. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Was considered a potential top five overall pick up until the combine, where he ran a disappointing 4.95 forty-time and had just 19 bench press reps. Was used in an array of ways in the Aggies defense who created a joker role for him to be lined up in different spots on the field. Can help fill the void created by the departure of Osi Umeyiora (Falcons) and can play the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker similar to Mathias Kiwanuka.
Round 4, Pick 13 (110) (From SD via ARZ): Ryan Nassib/QB/Syracuse. Star Impact: ✪✪
Good pocket presence and a quick release and has experience running a pro-style type of offense. Astute pre-snap read and recognition. Tends to force throws into tight windows. Shows good footwork despite taking the majority of his snaps in shotgun formation. Has proven track record of playing well in the Northeast weather patterns. Moxie, smarts and leadership characteristics were too tempting for Giants to pass up.
Round 5, Pick 19 (152): Cooper Taylor/SS/Richmond. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Big fast, physical safety who could convert up to outside linebacker, two major needs on the roster. Was an East-West Shrine Game standout, impressing the coaching staff and scouts in attendance with his awareness and nose for the ball. Will have an opportunity to carve out important niche on the defense.
Round 7, Pick 19 (225): Eric Herman/OG/Ohio. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
A rugged, physical brawler in the trenches who plays with a mean streak and embraces contact. Three-year starter and multiple All-Conference selection. Tough, hard-nosed competitor who will win over the respect of teammates with his blue-collar work ethic. Will provide competition and depth and has long-term potential of developing into a starter. It could take a few years before this pick comes to fruition but great value pick late in the draft.
Round 7, Pick 47 (253) (Compensatory): Michael Cox/RB/UMass. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Big, fast back who can keep it between the tackles and shows good hands. Gained over 700 rushing yards behind a putrid offensive line on a one win football program this past year. Transferred from Michigan—had just 19 career carries prior to his senior season. Player.
UDFA Watch (O): Marcus Davis/WR/Virginia Tech. Tall deep threat. Needs to get motivated.
UDFA Watch (D): Charles James/CB/Charleston Southern. Raycom Game Defense MVP.
Overall Impact Factor: 3★