Continuing with our NFL draft coverage, today we talk with Big Blue View, SBNation's New York Giants Blog, about the Giants' third round pick of Jay Alford.
BSD: How do you and Giants fans feel about taking Jay Alford in the third round?
BBV: Alford seemed like a questionable reach pick when the Giants first selected him. The news that they are moving DE Mathias Kiwanuka to linebacker, however, puts a new spin on the Alford pick. He could provide depth at both DT and DE, which New York will need without Kiwanuka on the line.
BSD: How deep is New York at defensive tackle? Is there a chance for Alford to see significant playing time early?
BBV: The Giants have starters Barry Cofield and Fred Robbins on the line. They signed Marcus Bell as a free agent from Detroit for depth, and still have 2003 No. 1 pick William Joseph. Giants fans would be thrilled if Alford shows enough to push Joseph, who has been a bust, out of a job.
BSD: What are your expectations for Alford in his rookie season and beyond?
BBV: I would be happy if Alford provides depth initially. Robbins has his best season in 2006, but he is a veteran who will need to be replaced eventually. Best-case scenario for Alford is that within a couple of years he takes Robbins' spot.
BSD: Thanks, Dude. We all hope Alford can become a productive player in the NFL for the Giants. Good luck on your season
Make sure you check out Big Blue View to get further coverage on Jay Alford and keep checking in to follow his career. I'll be giving BBV a short write up on Alford soon, so look for that.