Giants take Ereck Flowers in Round 1

If the Giants were not going to trade down, they took the best guy still on our board, Ereck Flowers.  So we like the pick.  This is our predraft comment on Flowers: Ereck Flowers (2) POTENTIAL.  Not 9 overall. Needs more NFL strength but has huge upside. Giants cannot be faulted for taking him at […]

2015 NFL Draft Part 9: Sleepers and Busts

When it comes to our draft analyst Wonder’s ability to sniff out busts, caveat emptor! Sleepers TE Clive Wolford.  Not that I am a big proponent of drafting anyone named Clive.  He should not go before R3 or R4.  He could be poor man’s Greg Olsen or he could bust, but at least you are getting him cheap […]

2015 NFL Draft Part 6: Offensive Line and Wide Receiver

Offensive Tackle/Line We have already discussed OT (Offensive Line) a number of times in earlier installments.  Part 1 discussed interest in Andrus Peet and Ereck Flowers.  We prefer either of those 2 players over Brandon Scherff, who is discussed in more detail in Part 2 of this April’s prep for the Draft.  There a few player […]

NFL Draft Intangibles

Hunger and motivation are difficult to quantify. You never truly know how far a player will go to get to the next level. Amani Toomer was a Round 2 WR who my father loved out of Michigan. He had a great motor. My father (who went to college in the Big Ten, and watches a lot of […]

2015 NFL Draft Part 5: LB, QB, RB, TE

Linebacker Not too many here. Some were in Part 4 under DE.  We are not rating 200 players this year like we did from 2010-2012. We are only rating ~45-50 players to cover the first couple of Rounds of the Giants.  We will have supplemental information on later round players as that shapes up. Vic […]

2015 NFL Draft Part 4: Defensive Line

Defensive End (with some LBer thrown in) Leonard Williams (1) In a draft with so few (1)’s, this guy is a bonafide (1). Beast. In theory the best player in the Draft.  Total Versatility.  Inside. Outside. A cross between Mohammed Wilkerson and JJ Watt.  Great speed for his size. Strong. Big hands. Long arms. Sheds […]

2015 NFL Draft Part 3: Defensive Secondary

Rating Scale 1-7. 1 Consistent All Pro. 2 Pro Bowl. 3 Solid Starter. 4 Replaceable starter. For these players, the ones who interest us most are Shaq Thompson and Eric Rowe. Cornerback Trae Waynes (3) Not sure he can hold up. Has good coverage skills.  Overrated.  Maybe I take him 25-32. Played w very good players around […]

Verification of UltimateNYG Draft Picks

Every year, UltimateNYG provides analysis of the NFL Draft and evaluates prospects.  We have been doing this since 2008.  There is a public paper trail of blog posts and tweets which discuss what we said and when we said it.  Each year we almost always did not agree with the choice made by Reese.  This did […]

2015 Draft Part 2: Scherff and Thompson

The other day I was scrolling my twitter feed and saw Big Blue View’s note that Brandon Scherff still was the mode, the player the Giants were selecting with the most frequency in the mocks.  This did not imply BBV’s endorsement, nor did it imply the Giants’ either .  What it did was report a consensus who matched […]

2015 Draft Analysis Part 1

Let’s start with value here in Round 1 of the 2015 NFL draft.  The Giants have the 9th pick in the draft.  That is rare air.  This is the highest slot the Giants have had since 2004 when they finished 4-12 and picked 4th overall.  You want the value to match the spot where you are picking. […]

The Deliverer

This holiday weekend brings Good Friday, Passover and Easter. One of my favs is the Sunday night ritual of The Ten Commandments. “That before death closed my eyes, I might behold the deliverer who will lead all men to freedom,” utters the wish of an old slave. Moses is The Deliverer. Numero Uno. The one […]

2015 Free Agency Thoughts, Pt 2

The top 7 players on the Giants roster take up almost exactly half of the $141.8M cap.  Most teams have a similar structure.  The QB takes up a considerable amount of cap, plus a good pass rusher, a good defensive player, a WR and OLman all grab at that 50%.  This leaves 46 other players to share the other […]

NY Giants Free Agent Moves in 2015

Before we get started with Free Agency (next paragraph), let’s get one thing clear- the Giants in 2015 have a much more reasonable chance of being competitive than they did in 2014.  We have a lot more optimism, if not for one reason: Odell Beckham.  Yes, he changes the entire equation.  The Giants have a Superstar at […]