2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Giants
Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh is an above-average pass blocker with a great frame that was an All-Big East first team player in his last two seasons.
Pugh moves very well for his height. Could afford to add some more bulk through his core, but strength is not a big concern. An excellent pass protector. Mirrors very well and shows a nice hand punch to throw defenders off line. Uses opponents' momentum to his advantage very well and plays with enough balance to avoid collapsing when bull-rushed.
Bends well at the waist and knee as a run blocker. Pad level is above-average in consistency (even late in games) compared to other tackles. Can handle his own when zone blocking. Really looks to unload when blocking in the open field.
Has a good mean streak and finishes plays hard. Above-average awareness when spotting the blitz. Can move cleanly to the second level, but will occasionally play too aggressive and miss a solid block by lunging.
Pugh is a hard-working prospect and should hear his name called in the late-second to early third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Ohio State's great 2012 season could be attributed to many factors; one big reason for their success is DT Johnathan Hankins. The 6'3", 332 lb anchor of their defensive line is a true difference maker.
Hankins is best-suited as a RDT or NT that can occupy double teams and control the middle of the trenches. Although he plays with inconsistent technique, he is powerful enough to make up for it. He holds his ground well and does not get pushed around by blockers. One adjustment he will need to make is keeping his pad level low and driving with his legs rather than attempting to just manhandle players with his upper body strength.
The true junior also must learn to play with his hands to keep blockers at bay. He is not particularly fast, but has better footwork than most interior defensive linemen. Unlike other players his size, he has a reliable motor and the stamina to play later into games. This allows him to really wear down opponents.
Hankins shines when he can take on guys one-on-one, locate the football, and drive his man into the backfield to potentially make a play on the ball carrier. He should be ready to play immediately.
He projects as a first round pick in t... [Read More
Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore has been the nation's best pass-rusher this season. His 12.5 sacks rank him among the leaders in college football.
Moore transitioned to defensive end this season for the Aggies. He has a very good, but not elite jump off the line of scrimmage. He can take on blockers with speed or power. Brings A+ effort on every play. Knack for the big play.
Against the run, there are some small technique issues. Moore needs to stay low and drive more with his lower body. Sometimes he loses his assignment by just trying to win his one-on-one matchup. He uses his hands well to disengage and close ground on the ball carrier. Very long arms and can collapse the pocket.
Moore has some versatility at the next level. He played OLB before moving to DE this year. He could play either end spot in a 4-3 and has enough speed to stand up on the outside. While he lacks a mean streak, he is very tough and can play through injury. Some character concerns with a marijuana possession last year. A less than stellar combine may have jeopardized his chances at being a Top 10 pick.
The 6'4", 250 lb. junior projects as an mid- to late-first round pick in the 2013 NFL... [Read More
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib has seen a big rise on draft boards recently, although after a shaky Senior Bowl, his hype may have come to an end.
Nassib struggled at the Senior Bowl practices, particularly with his accuracy when throwing intermediate and deep routes. Footwork was inconsistent and he looked generally out of sync. Short area passing game looked very good.
He does a good job of moving around the pocket and feels the rush relatively well. Average, yet sometimes surprising athleticism and can tuck and run when the pressure is too hot. Keeps his eyes upfield when flushed. Sometimes locks onto his primary read and needs to be able to work the entire field more consistently. Good intangibles and was the Orangemen's true leader as a senior. Short throwing motion when able to set his feet and deliver the ball.
Nassib's pro style offense experience makes him one of the few 2013 quarterback prospects who could feasibly come in and immediately challenge for a starting spot. Some project him as a first round pick, but he would be more accurately listed as a late-second to third round choice in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Richmond Spiders safety Cooper Taylor is a former transfer from Georgia Tech. An excellent week of practices at the East-West Shrine Game helped his draft stock. Showed surprising athleticism at his Pro Day. A bit of a tweener between OLB and safety. Doesn't seem to play at timed speeds. Could fit into a more physical nickel formation. Abruptly left the Yellow Jackets during the season. Played inferior competition in the CAA. Must continue to develop as he will likely need to compete for a backup role at best.... [Read More
Ohio Bobcats offensive guard Eric Herman is a four-year starter out of the MAC. Still needs improvement as a pass blocker. Bends at the waist instead of knees. Mauler mentality. Consistent hustle. Strong lower body and can anchor down without losing much ground. Locates blitzers quickly. Aggressive style of play takes him out of position. Gets upright after collisions. Conditioning is an issue and currently wears down in the second half. A project player who with good work ethic could stick on a 53-man roster long-term.... [Read More
UMass running back Michael Cox is a former transfer from Michigan who came to the Minutemen in his final year of eligibility for playing time. While with the Wolverines, Cox largely played special teams and received limited carries. Coaching changes at Michigan relegated Cox to a reserve role. Cox rushed for 710 yards and five TDs last season and will provide depth once he enters the NFL. Good height and well-built. Could develop into a power, stays behind his pads runner for a running back hungry team.... [Read More