The NFL draft board for most of Thursday night seemed to serve the Giants’ needs admirably.
Most teams ignored the two positions the Giants needed most, and it looked like they might pick the garbage among top receivers and cornerbacks.
Then, as the first round nudged toward the No. 19 pick, the board began to spin out of control for the Giants and they realized they needed to move and trade up one spot.
They traded fifth- and seventh-round picks to the Jaguars, traded the 25th pick for the 24th pick, and acquired Maryland cornerback Deonte Banks.
“We were depleted as the board collapsed. [in options]said Giants general manager Joe Shane. “This was a player we liked, so we decided, ‘Don’t feel sorry for him, let’s go get him. We had receivers going off the board and we had a lot of corners. Banks is someone we like and spend a lot of time with and decided to get. “
If moving up one slot isn’t a big deal to the casual fan, the look on Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale’s face tells the story.
Inside the team’s draft room, Martindale was seen hugging Shane on TV. On Christmas morning he looked like a boy who had just been given his first bike.
“You know Wink’s defense and [Banks] Fit his system to the tee,” Schoen said with a smile. “He’s a prototype in terms of size. He’s athletic, he’s physical, he can run.”
Giants head coach Brian Dabor said the beloved Rangers had a better night in the draft room after being smoked by the Devils in Game 5 at the Prudential Center on Thursday night.
“You can’t get enough corners,” Dabor said. “This is an overtaking league and we are in a tough division. increase.”
No receivers had been taken in the first 19 picks as the draft approached the Giants’ 25th overall pick. The Giants are not good at receivers.
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After that, he won the receiver with the 20th-23rd place pick. Ohio State’s Jackson Smith Niziba, TCU’s Quentin Johnston, Boston College’s Zay Flowers and USC’s Jordan Addison back-to-back for the Seahawks, Chargers and Ravens respectively.
With three cornerbacks taken in the first 23 picks, the Giants didn’t want to miss the chance to lose to Banks.
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Draft capital allowed the team to operate, and the maneuvers the Giants made resulted in the highest athletic performance score of any cornerback prospect in the past decade for a young player who appears to be an extraordinary athlete. Recorded and recorded a time of 4.35 seconds in 40 seconds. A yard dash, a 42-inch vertical jump, and an 11-foot-4-inch long jump.
The Giants had Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr., outside linebacker Georgia’s Nolan Smith, and a tight end prospect when they acquired Banks. It was Michael Mayer from Notre Dame and Dalton Kincaid from Utah.
We are now in our second year of the Shane Giants build and Thursday night’s first round was a big part of the process for our second year general manager.
Year 1 saw the Giants go 9-7-1 and make the playoffs in what was expected to be a sweeping year, giving the Giants a “look what we found” surprise season. Considering how much we enjoyed it, it went pretty well. A restructuring of the roster with 22 total wins over the last five seasons.
Year two numbers give a better indication of the kind of team Shane is trying to build.
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A year ago, Shane tapped Kayvon Thibodeau with the No. 5 overall pick to attack the team’s lack of pass rushing and tackle Evan Neal at No. 7 to address the offensive line.
Both players weren’t without growing pains, but they showed enough to make us believe they would be long-term contributors.
Former Jets general manager and current NFL analyst for ESPN, Mike Tanenbaum, has lived the same way Shane lives now.
He joined a downtrodden Jets team that achieved faster-than-expected success and sought to foster that success long-term.
This is exactly what Shane is trying to do with the Giants.
“In 1996, the Jets won one, spent more money than anyone else, and coached in 1997. [Bill] parcel and coach [Bill] Belichick came in and I was hired along with a lot of other people,” Tanenbaum recalled in the post on Thursday. So I don’t think there’s any truth to the breakdown, it’s all about culture and good coaching and I think Brian Dabor did a great job last year.
“You can win for today and grow for tomorrow. That’s what you should do,” added Tanenbaum. “I don’t think rebuilding takes years. It’s a big misnomer. I lived it during the formative years of my career.”