New York Giants 2008 NFL Draft Grade
The Giants’ main concern was apparently their secondary as they used the first two picks to add talent and depth. Both Kenny Philips and Terrell Thomas will see ample playing time in the Giants’ young secondary. Philips is the next in line of good young safeties from Miami. Though not the talent of Ed Reed or the late Sean Taylor, Philips will be expected to fill the void left by Gibril Wilson who jumped ship to the Oakland Raiders. Thomas, on the other hand, adds to the collection of talented young corners acquired in previous years, Corey Webster and Aaron Ross. The Giants will boast one of the best young secondaries in the league when it’s said and done.

Mario Manningham is considered a great pick by most but I think he was very inconsistent and a little over-hyped in college. He has all the tools to be really special but he needs to put it all together consistently to win me over. The biggest hole to fill was linebacker with two of the three starters from the Super Bowl gone in free agency. Mathias Kiwanuka will move back to the Sam position and they hope Bryan Kehl or Jonathan Goff will fill the other spot. Kehl really showed something at the Combine and elevated his stock, hopefully it transfers to the field on Sunday. Goff, I see playing the Mike and backing up Antonio Pierce inside. Robert Henderson will have a chance to play backing up both ends and is really a talented pass rusher. He played on a good defense at Southern Mississippi; he didn't get doubled a lot and will have to fight through bigger stronger men at the next level. 

A sleeper player to watch is Andre Woodson from Kentucky. He will have a lot of time to be groomed into a quality backup under Eli Manning. There will be no hurry to get him on the field but he may get his shot one day. He was once considered a first round choice early in his senior campaign; he struggled down the stretch and got passed over by lesser-named talent. 

Round 1 (31) – Kenny Phillips – FS – 6’2” 208 – Miami 

Round 2 (63) – Terrell Thomas – CB – 6’1” 198 – USC 

Round 3 (95) – Mario Manningham – WR – 6’0” 181 – Michigan 

Round 4 (123) – Bryan Kehl – OLB – 6’2” 242 – BYU 

Round 5 (165) – Jonathan Goff – LB – 6’2” 245 – Vanderbilt 

Round 6 (198) – Andre’ Woodson – QB – 6’5” 224 – Kentucky 

Round 6 (199) – Robert Henderson – DE – 6’3” 278 – Southern Miss 

New York Giants – Draft Grade – B-

By T. Lewis,
May 7, 2008