The conventional draft wisdom always speaks of the “best available athlete.” GM Jerry Reese likes to talk about draft “value.” Those philosophies converged Thursday night in the form of Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara, the Giants first-round draft selection with the 19th pick.
Draft mavens (which your Giants Talk Blogger definitely is not) tell us that Amukamara, the 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, is “a terrific player,” with “great football IQ,” who may have slid in the draft because his arms are “too short” (seriously).
Bottom Line: Amukamara was projected by many to be a top-10 pick. When he still on the board at 19, the Giants jumped, overlooking someone who might have filled an obvious need like Boston College OL Anthony Castonzo, or a higher-profile player like Heisman winner Mark Ingram.
So now the Giants are deep on the defensive line and in the secondary, while the ranks on the offensive line and in the linebacking corps still look pretty thin.