Jared Cook (TE), South Carolina
The Giants lost their vertical threat at tight end when they traded the polarizing Jeremy Shockey to the Saints and even though Kevin Boss had a decent first season as a starter, a vertical threat at tight end would help the Giants' offense. Cook is physical freak carved from the same mold as San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. Cook blew scouts away with a sub 4.5 forty time at the combine and a 41 inch vertical and he started his career at South Carolina as a wide reciever. He's raw as a tight end but his natural ability is undeniable.
Positives: Cook is a natural athlete with terrific size and a frame that could continue to add bulk. His speed, quickness and acceleration are second to none and his balls skills are very impressive for tight end. He's got great hands and can do some serious damage after the catch as well as beat a defense deep down the middle. He's also a good route runner and has a ton of upside.
Negatives: Considering that everything you just describes a receiver instead of a tight end, it's pretty clear what makes up his weaknesses. Cook offers little to nothing as blocker and doesn't have the toughness that you'd expect from a tight end. He's also prone to some mental lapses that will cause him to drop some balls and some wonder if he'd be better suited dropping weight and moving back to reciever.
Many thanks to ianbbc02 for submitting this pick. The Texans and RedReign are now on the clock with the Patriots and Hawk's wife on deck. If anyone needs to refresh their memory on the second round draft order, check here