Projections for the New York Giants' Rookie Class

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 2, 2013

Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins (52) during warmups prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.  Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 21-14 in overtime.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Giants added more than a dozen new players to the roster last weekend, with seven joining the organization via the draft.

We've had a chance to think about all of the new additions they made at Radio City Music Hall and we're now ready to make some projections for each draft pick.


Justin Pugh: -5.0 PFF Rating in 12 Starts at Right Tackle

The Giants don't usually throw rookies into the starting lineup from the get-go, regardless of what round they were drafted in. I get the feeling, though, that it won't take long before they replace David Diehl with Pugh, who was the 19th overall pick out of Syracuse. 

I'm still not convinced Pugh is cut out to play tackle in this league, but he might be an upgrade over Diehl. Expect him to have some rough outings as part of a slightly disappointing rookie season, and expect the G-men to strongly consider moving him to left guard in 2014. 

For those not familiar with PFF ratings, -5.0 is mediocre. He wouldn't be one of the worst tackles in the league, but he'd be below average. 


Johnathan Hankins: 1 Sack, 18 Tackles in 14 Games (2 Starts)

The second-round pick out of Ohio State is such a monster that he'll inevitably earn some reps as part of the defensive tackle rotation. He's much bigger and a very different type of player than Linval Joseph and Cullen Jenkins, so expect him to get a lot of early-down work as the season wears on. 


Damontre Moore: 4 Sacks, 20 Tackles in 14 Games (4 Starts)

Here's another defensive lineman who I can see becoming a part of the rotation immediately. Moore had 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss in the SEC in 2012, so watch for the consensus All-American third-round pick to get some reps opposite Jason Pierre-Paul.

There's no telling what they'll get from Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora is gone and Mathias Kiwanuka won't likely spend all of his time on the line. 


Ryan Nassib: 0 Pass Attempts

I suppose there's a chance Tom Coughlin turns to the fourth-round Syracuse quarterback for mop-up duty at some point this season, but keep in mind that David Carr has thrown just 16 passes in the last three years as Eli Manning's backup.

There's a good chance Nassib holds a clipboard all season, especially if he isn't No. 2 on the depth chart.


Cooper Taylor: 0 Interceptions, 28 Tackles on Special Teams and as a Backup Safety/Linebacker

The fifth-round safety out of Richmond is probably a project, but if Stevie Brown can't deliver in his first full year as a starter at strong safety, and/or if injuries hit this secondary for the second straight year, Taylor could gain some opportunities. He's versatile, but don't expect a lot from Taylor in the playmaking department.

There's also a chance he plays some linebacker if need be.


Eric Herman: N/A

The seventh-round guard out of Ohio is probably a strong candidate to end up on the practice squad, but he could beat out Selvish Capers or Matt McCants to become the ninth offensive lineman on the roster.

Either way, though I'm sure Herman will be promoted at some point, it's doubtful he'll get enough snaps to make an impact as a rookie.


Michael Cox: N/A

The seventh-round pick out of Massachusetts will have to beat out Da'Rel Scott and Ryan Torain to be the third running back behind David Wilson and Andre Brown.

Considering that he's essentially an undrafted free agent as the second-last compensatory pick of Round 7, the odds aren't in his favor. I'm betting Cox fails to make the 53-man roster and spends the year on the practice squad.