Allow me to preface this by saying that I don’t know jack squat about what went on in the Giants War Room, and I’m certainly not privy to their big board, but allow me to lay something out quickly:
- Tampa traded up ahead of the Giants to 31.
- Tampa drafted Boise St. RB Doug Martin, a player that was unanimously more highly rated than Virginia Tech RB David Wilson.
- The Giants, unlike pretty much every other team in the first round, used up the entire allotted time to make their pick.
- They Giants then chose Wilson.
OK, now here’s what I think may have happened:
- The Giants wanted to pick Martin.
- He got snagged from under their clutches.
- They tried to trade out.
- They didn’t find any suitors.
- They settled on Wilson.
Now, similar situations have worked out for the Giants in the past. It was widely rumored that the Giants were trying to get their hands on Jeremy Maclin, when the Eagles jumped up and snagged him instead. They “settled” on Hakeem Nicks. Both players can play, but I don’t think the Giants have looked back at that one with any remorse.
I’ve sort of learned not to criticize the Giants’ draft picks, but… Ah, screw it. I’m not a fan of this pick. Coby Fleener was there. Cordy Glenn was there. Those were two players, in my opinion, that represented “value-meets-need” situations. But I’m not a scout. Time will tell.