Draft 2012: What the Giants got, from the polished L.S.U. receiver to the old rookie tackle from Germany
Randle is big, smooth and polished, with good hands and the body control and coordination needed to “high-point” the ball. (That is, to catch it at its peak.) His gliding stride allows him to get out of his breaks effortlessly, helping him gain separation from defensive backs.
Conventional wisdom holds that running backs are the most fungible football commodity out there. It’s hard to find a great one, but it’s relatively easy to find one who’s good enough.
Over the past several years, the Giants have adhered to that mantra, and proven it: Ahmad Bradshaw was a seventh-round pick, and Brandon Jacobs was a fourth-round pick. The Giants plugged them in and the running game, notwithstanding a dip last year to the lowest per-carry average in the league, has generally been good.(1)
It’s a sentiment you hear every year: The Jets need a dominant pass rusher off the edge.
The hand-wringing about the Jets' pass rush is a bit overstated but generally valid: They ranked 13th in sack percentage in 2011, 8th in 2010, and 15th in 2009. They have done so despite a scheme that has traditionally been blitz-heavy, although, as ESPN repeatedly flashed during its draft coverage last night, the Jets ranked just 12th in blitz percentage last year, down from 3rd and 1st the previous two years.