The New York Giants had one pick, the 15 overall pick, in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. They didn’t trade up nor did they trade down in the first round. Instead, the Giants went with South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. This was the team’s only move in the first round as the Giants did not trade any draft picks or any players on Thursday night.
How did the Giants end up with Pierre-Paul?
For the Giants, Pierre-Paul was the best player on the board when it was time to make the 15 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Alabama ILB Rolando McClain and RB C.J. Spiller out of Clemson were off the board. The Giants front office did not want to move down in the first round of the draft. The team did what it often does. New York drafted the best available player that filled a hole.
Good: Jason Pierre-Paul and Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan went back and forth for the “best defensive end in the 2010 NFL Draft” spot depending on which mock draft you were reading at the time. As of Thursday night, the Giants had Pierre-Paul ranked slightly ahead of Morgan. When both players were available, the team surprised many fans and experts by choosing Pierre-Paul.
Pierre-Paul was my choice in the 2010 Examiner NFL Mock Draft, largely due to the fact that I did not expect Morgan to fall all the way down to 15. As I currently wrote about Pierre-Paul, the man is a freak athletically speaking. Pierre-Paul is also one of the most feared pass rushers in the 2010 NFL Draft. Two things the New York Giants love in a defensive player.
Arguably the best thing about the Giants taking Pierre-Paul is the fact that, as of the typing of this piece, defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka remain with the New York Giants. Immediately following the Pierre-Paul pick, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese told reporters “We’re not trading Osi.”
Bad: Many New York Giants fans on my Twitter feed were quite upset with the Pierre-Paul draft pick. Yes, it was a dream that the Giants would acquire C.J. Spiller or Rolando McClain with the 15 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and the Giants were not extremely interested in trading up. With that said, Derrick Morgan is viewed as a “sure thing” by many NFL experts while Pierre-Paul is a “work in progress” with a high bust possibility. Pierre-Paul played only one season with South Florida. This draft pick is definitely a risk for the New York Giants.
The Giants front office is currently stating that the team is not interested in trading Osi Umenyiora. Most Giants reporters believe this is because the team received very unimpressive offers (fifth round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft) for the pass rushing specialist. You can expect these offers to get better as players start to go down due to injury in the summer. This, and the fact that the Giants are looking to make significant changes on defense, have me believing the team may take linebacker Sean Lee out of Penn State as early as Friday night.
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