After the FanSpeak simulator roared through picks 1-8, both Cooper and Kevin White remained on the board. While White is the better overall WR prospect, Cooper is the better fit for the Giants in Ben McAdoo's offensive scheme. His ability to transition in and out of breaks smoothly and create separation is unique. In McAdoo's scheme, these quick in-breaking routes are called frequently. Early on we saw Victor Cruz excel in these routes, and later on Odell Beckham won on the same type of routes. WR is not a major need for the team, but GM Jerry Reese has been known to pick the best player available, and he has said in the past that he likes to target an immediate impact player when he has the opportunity to pick at the top half of the draft. When you consider the dyanmic of Cruz's injury, Cooper becomes less of a luxury.
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Round 2: Andrus Peat, offensive tackle, Stanford
Although the Giants might not get a shot at Peat in Round 2, the simulator projected that he would be available, and it would be a slam-dunk selection for the Giants. Peat has the NFL pedigree, the ideal body type, and he is already considered an above-average run blocker. If Peat hadn't slipped in this simulation, Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humpries, who was also on the board, would have been an option. Humpries is a raw prospect but offers unique traits like quick feet, athletic ability and fluidity. These traits make him a great fit for McAdoo's predominantly zone-blocking scheme. The Giants would love to add a starting-caliber tackle so they can kick Justin Pugh inside to guard. Due to the depth at the position, one is likely to drop to them in Round 2.
Rollins has seen his draft stock fluctuate since the start of the pre-draft process. The former basketball player turned cornerback has a nose for the ball. In his first season playing football, he racked up 72 tackles, seven interceptions, 4.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and nine pass breakups to win MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. However, after posting just a 4.57 40-time, some wonder if he lacks the speed to excel at cornerback. Given his tackling ability and ball skills, the 6-foot, 203-pound Rollins might best fit at safety. Instead of chasing after a traditional safety prospect from this year's weak class, the Giants could be best off converting a raw talent like Rollins who may have not found his best spot on the football field just yet.
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Round 4: Jeff Heuerman, tight end, Ohio State
I wasn't that surprised to see Heuerman fall to this pick. His size, fluidity, and athleticism make him a prospect with seemingly untapped potential, but at the same time he was not very productive in college. He compiled just 52 catches, 792 yards and seven touchdowns during his collegiate career. That said, there is reason to believe that Heuerman's lack of production was more of a product of untimely injuries and a strong supporting cast of teammates than his lack of ability. The Giants have been desperately seeking a two-way tight end since they let Martellus Bennett walk in free agency, and Heuerman has the upside to become that player for this offense.
Round 5: Lynden Trail, athlete, Norfolk State
The Norfolk State product has the physical traits that have scouts talking. At 6-foot-6, 262 pounds, he's projected to play either tight end or edge defender. At this size, he has also been clocked at a ridiculous 4.67 40-yard dash. He began his collegaite career at Florida, and offers underwhelming game tape but rare body control for his size. In January, Tony Pauline reported that the Giants were seriously interested in him. Pauline speculates that they see him as a 'JPP-lite,' but it's impossible to tell if the team scouts see an opportunity to bring him along as a tight end instead. Either way, Trail has elite movement skills for his size and you will rarely find that in the fifth round. The Giants will do well to stop using late-round picks on team captains and instead target prospects like him.
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Round 6: Tyler Varga, fullback, Yale
Varga may be listed as a fullback, but a creative offensive coordinator could find him useful as an H-back and/or passing-down specialist. At 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, he posted an impressive 38.5-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-9 broad jump at his pro day that the Giants attended. His 4.64 40-time could keep some teams from drafting him earlier, and that's a mistake. NFL Network's Charles Davis notes his versatility as a runner, blocker, and viable option in the passing game. Vargas is elusive in the open field and runs with power and determination that makes him tough to bring down. In today's NFL, it is key to have bigger backs who pick up pass protection and excel in that area. He can be the team's rich man's Peyton Hillis.
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Round 7: Justin Coleman, cornerback, Tennessee
At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Coleman projects best as a nickel/slot cornerback at the next level. After emerging as a defensive leader in 2013, Coleman excelled in his opportunity to play inside in 2014. Draft analyst Rob Rang noted that he was a physical, alert tackler. With Walter Thurmond long gone and Trumaine McBride returning from a major injury, the Giants could benefit from adding competition at nickel cornerback. With his physicality and noted work ethic, Coleman makes for a great special-teams prospect. And let's face it, most of the time, Jerry Reese is looking for starting special-teams players with these final selections.
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Round 7: Titus Davis, wide receiver, Central Michigan
The Giants were awarded a second seventh-round pick from a 2014 trade with the Broncos. Expect them to use it on a talented prospect at the draft's deepest position. Last season, he exploded for 59 catches for 971 yards and 13 touchdowns over the last nine games. There were concerns about Davis' health, but he was deemed 100 percent healthy back in Feburary. At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Davis has some serious upside despite the limited sample size and lacking competition at the collegiate level. Check out his game tape against Western Kentucky if you want an idea of what he is capable of and how he looks. You'll be sold before you get halfway through the cut-up clip.