Chat with Ohm Youngmisuk
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPNNewYork.com writer Ohm Youngmisuk stops by to chat.
Youngmisuk has covered New York sports since 1997. He has covered the NFL, Giants and Jets since 2006. He joined ESPNNewYork in 2010 after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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Ohm (2:01 PM)
Hey everybody! What's going on?
Ohm (2:02 PM)
Sorry about that loss in the national championship game in hockey... maybe next season...
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Which College Football Player who is in the NFL Draft would be a perfect fit for the Giants?
Ohm (2:04 PM)
Chris, I don't know about perfect fits. I am sure if somebody is really talented, you can make it a perfect fit. Like I am sure the Giants would love to get their hands on Patrick Peterson or Von Miller but that's not happening. As far as perfect fit at 19 where they draft in the first round, hard to tell but Pouncey would make sense from the standpoint that they got O'Hara and Seubert injured right now and coming off surgeries.
Anthony (Bergen County, NJ)
Hey Ohm. Since you're a Michigan State alum, I wanted to ask about Greg Jones. First, do you think he would be a good fit with the Giants? And also, do you think he'll be around in the second round, and have the Giants shown any interest? Thanks.
Ohm (2:08 PM)
Anthony, wud up man? I love Greg Jones but he kind of had a bit of a disappointing senior season. The only reason I say that is because I kind of expected him to take another step up to a dominant level and he kind of remained at the same level he was at during his junior year in my mind. That's not to say he isn't one of the best linebackers in the country but I was hoping he would elevate his game to a first-round pick level and he didn't. He is a bit undersized but he plays hard. As far as speed, he is not blazing but he does have good closing speed on running backs. He is athletic and sniffs out the ball well. I think he could go after second round, possibly third round. McShay has him projected as a fourth rounder which is defintely realistic. As for the Giants, I think he could help. I think he would be a bit more athletic and faster than Dillard, who was taken in the fourth. I haven't, though, heard or seen any interest from the Giants in Jones.
The Giants draft preview is great. Is there any player on your radar you think the Giant would not hesitate to grab at #19 and pass up on an OL?
Ohm (2:13 PM)
JJ, thanks my man. Appreciate it. Leave some comments homey. Love when all you guys get in some debating and leave comments under the blogs. Wow, tough question JJ. I mean, if one of the top two corners -- Peterson or Amukamara -- were to miraculously drop, the Giants might not hesitate there. But I don't see that happening. I do wonder what they would do if Ingram is there at 19. I know there are red flags about his knee. But the guy is a player. I understand about how he doesn't have blazing speed or great size but he has heart, power and is just a runner. At 19, he certainly would be the best playmaker on the board if he were there along with those that are expected to be there. But the knee may be a concern. I still also wonder if they will take a D-lineman. I know, they used their top two picks on DL last year but you never can discount Reese from going defense. Wilkerson and Liuget could be options. I love JJ Watt from seeing him at Wisconsin vs MSU. Love his size. But that would give the Giants way too many DEs.
Hey Ohmslice!I think that the Giants should let go of Deion Grant and shift Terrell Thomas to that LB/3rd Safety role. He is big and a good tackler which helps with the run. And he is fast enough to cover tight ends and backs (witten, cooley, celek come to mind). This way they can look to add a faster, better corner (cough, nnamdi asomugha, cough) and still have webster, ross, and johnson. Thoughts??? Thanks.
Ohm (2:15 PM)
J, wud up... interesting. I kind of like Deon Grant and what he did this season for the team. But I do feel you on TT in that role. He would be nice. But you have to make sure you get that other corner to take over. Nnamdi would be perfect. I just don't know if the Giants can afford him. If they were able to get Nnamdi, then they could slide TT to that role and a third-down role which would be perfect. As far as corners in the draft, only one should be there at 19 and that is Colorado's Jimmy Smith and he's got some red flags that may push him lower in first round. there are other corners in the second and third round that can be had but I don't know if they will be better than TT. Get Nnamdi, though, and the Giants can do a lot of different things.
Andrew (Ann Arbor)
Love these chats, Ohm. It seems like the Giants are high on Castonzo among other OL in the first round. Realistically, how many more years can we expect to get from this current, aging group of 5 all together? Will Seubert be ready if there is football in September?
Ohm (2:19 PM)
Hey Andrew. Thanks man, appreciate it. My guess is that the Giants are big on Castonzo and Pouncey. As for this starting five... I think you got two years max out of this group because O'Hara's deal runs out by then. My guess is Seubert will either just be easing his way back in by the season opener or a few weeks away from returning at that point. I would never doubt Seubert and his recovery skills. But I think the Giants will need a tackle eventually to take over for the left side. McKenzie can still be there for another year or two. But drafting an OL in the first round would give them somebody for now in case O'Hara and Seubert aren't ready when the season starts -- I fully expect O'Hara to be ready -- and it gives them someone for next season as well.
Ohm, what's going on with the HB situation? I'm not exactly excited about hearing of the Giants landing Ingram in multiple mock drafts. If HB is a necessity, there are other options in later rounds don't you think?
Ohm (2:22 PM)
Mikey... yeah, I feel ya. There are plenty of RBs that can be had, starting in the second round where potentially Illinois' Mikel Leshoure and Va Tech's Ryan Williams are both monsters and likely will go. There are a lot of third-round running backs as well. I think with Ingram, he's a hard talent to pass on because of the success he has had and how he reminds some of Emmitt Smith. He has a similar build and makeup. But the knee concerns me a bit. But I understand why some mocks have the Giants taking Ingram. He's the one real playmaker at 19 if he drops there and Bradshaw will be a free agent/restricted free agent and Ingram would allow the Giants to perhaps not have to pay Brandon Jacobs all that money as well.
Any word on who the G-Men or seriously considering on draft night
Ohm (2:23 PM)
Still a bit early homey and the Giants keep things pretty secretive. I'd say if I had a gun to my head, I'd put Pouncey and Castonzo as two strong candidates. I would put Tyron Smith there as well but I think he will go earlier to Dallas or Detroit.
Robert (Pearl River)
What do you expect the Giants to do with the skill positions (WR, RB)? Will Steve Smith be 100% by the fall?
Ohm (2:26 PM)
Hey Rob. At WR, I think you will see Nicks and Manningham start early in the season. I think Smith will be brought along very very slowly due to the knee. That's not to say that he won't be ready by the start of the season but I don't think you can count on it right now. You got to take it slow with him like the Giants did with Kenny Phillips last year. Hard to say if he will be 100 percent. I doubt it by then if you go off what you saw with Phillips last year although every player is different. If Barden recovers from his ankle injury as expected, I think he can be the third receiver if Smith is not ready and of course there is Plaxico. We have to wait and see what happens with that. As for RB, I think the Giants will re-sign Bradshaw and I do think Jacobs returns. But it is very possible that the Giants will draft a RB at some point in this draft.
Ohm (2:26 PM)
Whatup Ohm!! As fas as special teams, where do you see our G-Men addressing that need in the draft and any names you could throw out? Or will it be through free agency? Thanks!
Ohm (2:28 PM)
Wud up Jackson. As far as special teams, I want to see one thing -- I want to see the Giants add speed at different positions like linebacker, cornerback and running back which would help special teams. I think having a dynamic guy would help, someone who can help with the return game. Hixon is returning so that helps but would love to see a guy out there with speed, athleticism and can return or help on special teams. As far as punter, I expect the Giants to bring in a vet punter in camp to compete with Dodge. But I still see Dodge winning the job.
Ohm- here the Giants are high on DT Corey Leguit, can you see him falling to 19 and are you hearing the same thing as well?
Ohm (2:29 PM)
I think the Giants do have an interest in Luiget. I don't know how serious. I do think he will be there at 19 as well and a consideration. With Barry Cofield's future up in the air, the Giants can use another DT. And as I said before, can never discount Reese from going DL in the first round again.
Hey Ohm- Is Ryan Williams on the Giants radar as a 2nd rd selection? Would make good insurance in case Bradshaw goes
Ohm (2:30 PM)
I would be surprised if he weren't on their radar. I think McShay had the Giants taking Williams in the second round of his latest mock draft. Check out my blog for that. Williams could be a beast. I don't expect Bradshaw to go anywhere though but you are right, the Giants would protect themselves in that case.
If you don't mind answering this question, in your line of business, does it really matter where you get your degree for college (deciding between FSU or UCF)? I can honestly say you have my dream job, writing about the NY Giants and other sports teams in the area. If you have any advice it would be GREATLY appreciated.
Ohm (2:33 PM)
Sure thing Mike. I don't think it matters where you get your degree. I would even say that I don't think you need a journalism degree like I have. I think as long as you can write for the school paper, or the newspaper in the area, get a lot of clips and experience, do a lot of internships and keep writing about whatever sports you have a passion for, someone will hire you. Times are tough in the business for sure and papers are struggling to stay afloat. But if you are passionate about it, hopefully it will work out. Just remember, you don't come into this business for the money. You do it because you love it. If you want money, go into finance. LOL.
Lets say the NFL gets this labor thing solved soon,who out of all the Giants tendered free agents have a realistic chance of not being brought back or even traded?
Ohm (2:35 PM)
Well, I think the Giants want Cofield back and will do what they can. But Cofield wants a lucrative contract and you never know how those negotiations go. So Cofield could ask for a trade. I think they will do what they can to bring back Bradshaw, Smith and Kiwanuka. Kiwi though could have value on the market and some team could offer him a bigger contract than the Giants are comfortable with because of his neck issue. But I would have to say Cofield is the one big Giant name set to hit free agency/restricted free agency that may not come back due to circumstances.
Put a percentage chance on Plax returning to Big Blue.
Ohm (2:36 PM)
Joe... this is purely a guess... I have no idea... but I would say this, last year, I thought the odds were slim... I think they have gone up a bit. I am going to chicken out and not put any odds on it yet. Sorry my man. LOL. But I would say it is better than slim odds for now.
Ohm, No NBA and no NFL next year? The world is going to come to an end!!
Ohm (2:37 PM)
You do remember what the Mayans predicted right? LOL.
Ohm (2:37 PM)
Alright guys, thanks for the questions! Can't wait for NBA playoffs to start! See you all next week!