As the second night of the draft moved into the third round, the time allotted for picks decreased from 7 minutes to 5, and players are flying off the board at a rapid pace. Teams are not using the entire period to make their picks. Twitter has become more informative than ESPN or NFL Network as the selections are backlogged. The Giants went on the clock at 9:52 PM and made their pick 3 minutes later.
The Selection: The first player selected in the 2014 draft from Syracuse University, defensive tackle Jason Bromley is 6’3” and 306 pounds. He started 34 games and was a team captain. A stout run defender and strong tackler, Bromley has a quick first step and is excellent in pursuit. He has a reputation as a hard worker and being extremely coachable. His hands measure only 9 ¼” which effects his ability to discard defenders. Bromley is also extremely susceptible to double teams and is not a polished pass rusher.
Bromley had a challenging childhood. His mother abandoned him shortly after birth and his father was charged with murder when he was five month old. He was raised by his grandmother who died as Bromley was age 13 and entering high school. Despite these setbacks, he earned 4 letters and a scholarship to Syracuse.
The Giants told an interesting story about when they called to tell him he was drafted. Bromley was in a grocery store buying juice and renting the movie “Gravity” from red box to watch with his girlfriend. The scout thought Bromley was joking with him. The movie plans were put on hold when he received the news.
Bromley grew up a Giants fan and it beyond thrilled to be picked by his favorite team.
Who They Passed Up: Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III was available. He was selected by the Texans with pick 83. Teaming him up with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney will give with Texans one of the most dominating defensive lines in the NFL. With Houston also taking CJ Fiedorowicz nine picks before the Giants, there was no tight end worth considering when their turn came up. This need will have to be addressed on day three.
Expert Rankings: Bromley does not appear on either Mike Mayock’s top 100 or Gil Brandt’s top 125 player lists. He is the 15th defensive tackle in Nolan Nawrocki’s NFL Draft Preview.
Current Giant Most Effected: Markus Kuhn. Kuhn is entering his third year with the Giants after being drafted in the 7th round in 2012. Viewed as a developmental prospect, he will need to step up his production during training camp and the preseason or he will see his roster spot go to Bromley.
The Giants saw something in Bromley that draft experts overlooked as there were several more highly rated defensive tackles available. He is a high character, rotational player who will step in and be a part of the system on the defensive line that team has successfully used under Tom Coughlin. No matter how you slice it, Bromley strikes me as a reach in round three.
The Giants next pick is number 113 in the fourth round. In the morning, I’ll review the talent available and post a preview of the players the team shuold consider drafting when it’s their turn on the clock.
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