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Scouting the Sugar Bowl: New York Giants Targets to Watch

December 24th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Raia

This year’s BCS bowl games will be filled with potential players that can help the New York Giants. Alabama and Oklahoma will face off in the Sugar Bowl, which takes place Wednesday, January 2nd at 7:30 PM. The Giants will be looking to fill holes at linebacker, offensive line and cornerback to name a few. The below players could be players the New York Giants target in this April’s draft.

C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama

Projected Round: Top 15

A leader on the field and a three time BCS National Champion, Mosley is an intelligent football player with great instincts. He needs to improve on getting off of blocks when one on one, but that is really his only weakness. Mosley has great range when dropping into zone coverage and his ball skills are top notch for the linebacker position. Where Mosley really stars is versus the run, where he closes extremely fast and is always making plays outside of the tackle box. He is excellent at reading the run and staying home, so Mosley would be a great asset against teams like Carolina or San Francisco. He also blitzes with reckless abandon and loves to deliver the big hit.

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Projected Round: 1-2

Kouandjio had an inconsistent 2013 season, and has a limited football background. He got off to too many slow starts this year, especially against Texas A&M. Kouandjio does bring exceptional run blocking skills, a staple to any Alabama offensive line under Saban. He has a lot of work to do in pass protection however, as he lunges too much leaving him vulnerable. His football instincts aren’t ideal at the moment, but that is due to his limited football background.

Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

Projected Round: 4-6

Colvin entered the season as a potential first or second round pick, but under performed. Colvin would probably be a project corner, but value could be had in round five or six. He has a lot of work to do technique wise when in man coverage, as Colvin tends to lose his leverage too often.  A phenomenal athlete with great speed, Colvin does have great ball skills and knack for making plays. Colvin is also very good against the run and can deliver a big hit. If he improves his coverage skills, Colvin could have a bright future in the NFL.

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9 Responses to “Scouting the Sugar Bowl: New York Giants Targets to Watch”

  1.  Chad Eldred says:

    I love these pieces.

    I certainly wouldn’t cry if we landed Colvin in the later rounds. He’s another guy that I doubt will be around when we would take him. The athletic guys always climb in value as draft day approaches. The measurables take prominence and the game film impressions evaporate. I’d be shocked if he was around after the 4th round. I wouldn’t be surprise to see him go in the 3rd.

    •  James Stoll says:

      I think you are right about athleticism overtaking film as the draft approaches
      GMs and coaches see the possibilities that speed, etc can offer and ignore the brain, the nose for the ball, the ability to translate to the next level

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Doesn’t sound like a true fit here
    Kuoandijio is the right position but if he’s a run blocker first with little experience and slow starter qualities, sounds like a project that we ought to steer clear of
    If we re-sign Beason, LB becomes a less pressing need so this high of a talent we pass on if he’s still on the board when we pick

    I believe need has to overtake value at this point
    The team is in bad shape
    JR has proven that his ability to spot value, even in the first round, is questionable
    He’s also shown a complete inability to spot o-linemen talent in the mid to late rounds
    Have to go o-linemen 1/2 in the draft absent a free agent signing or enjoy another sub .500 season in 2014

    •  kujo says:

      I don’t think any reasonable person would argue that the pendulum has undoubtedly swung to the *need* side of things this offseason, and very likely next as well.

      Let’s just hope Reese is reasonable…

    •  rlhjr says:

      You nailed it Jim.
      If as some insist that it is easy to find good offensive line talent in the latter rounds, then how much easier should it be to find really good OL and LB/CB talent in the first three rounds?

      Apply that late round value crap to running backs and receivers.

      I think skinnydougan said it best. “You get value at Walmart”.

      The Giants need some GD football players who can actually line up and play the game. Can be argued that outside of Bradshaw and JPP Reese has been pretty non-descript on draft day. His other good picks became victims of injury. Overall he (Reese) needs to get on the stick.

      Coughlin bears blame for some things. But he can’t work with simply smoke and mirrors. NOBODY CAN.

    •  buljos says:

      +1… Kuoandijio doesn’t appear to be a need solution in 2014, and O-line need must overtake value in first round this year. JR’s Pugh pick has worked out however, as his PFF stats compare favorably with almost every OT selected ahead of him. But JR can’t think he can fix this line with unproven talent from the draft alone. He must go get a FA like Alex Mack from Cleveland to replace Baas, so he has a proven top shelf Center quantity to balance the risk from the draft.

  3.  kujo says:

    I want to congratulate Anthony for pulling his face off Jameis Winston’s groin long enough to hammer out several high-quality draft articles. This particular aspect of Giants 101 has long been my favorite. I don’t watch much college football outside of UCF and Notre Dame, so much of my knowledge of prospects comes from ESPN and other draft sources. Yet, our guys always seem to be a cut above the rest. Good on ya, Anthony.

    And a merry merry Christmas to all of you and your families. Unplug from this site and be with your families.

  4.  skinnydoogan says:

    Folk’s, just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. Got all 4 of the kids coming today, and a boat load of other family members. Hard as it is going to be, I am taking a cue from Kujo and unplugging for a day or two. Hope Santa brings everyone what they asked for. Have a good one everyone!!

  5.  rlhjr says:

    Wonderful time of year win or lose when thinking/talking about draft picks.
    That where we miss Sam and Curvous. Where ya’ll at?

    Yes, I’m out until after the New Year. Be happy and safe everyone.

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