You could script a Snickers commercial about Rueben’s draft day plummet. Hey buddy, not going anywhere for awhile? Grab a snickers! Or how bout a box of Snickers. Most of the talking heads in the sports world had Randle going off the board near the end of the first round, possibly creeping into the top of the second round, but not lasting much longer than that. He ended up going to the Giants with the last pick of the second round. (I for one am disappointed that my hometown Texans didn’t scoop him up).
LSU fans loved Rueben Randle. He was the 5 star recruit, the insanely talented WR with size and speed, and he was what we all hoped would lead to a break through in our ever stagnant vertical passing game. We always looked at him and wondered “what if.” We wondered “when.” When would he be utilized, when would he get the ball on a consistent basis. Well, most of us are still left wondering; still scratching our heads. Although he did have a nice year in 2011, and certainly dominated several games with big time plays, he jumped out as a junior to the NFL, not wanting to spend another year in Baton Rouge to see if a new QB could help his cause.
Randle must surely be elated to join the defending Super Bowl champs, with a chance to catch passes from fellow Louisiana native Eli Manning. The Giant brass seem to be excited as well, with the feeling he is NFL ready and has a skill set that will transfer with ease to the pro game. (Here’s a nice link from the NY Times sports blog)
He’ll be looking to make a splash behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, two young guys that have emerged as big time receiving threats in an offense that saw Manning throw for nearly 5,000 yards last year. Randle enters a great situation in which he will have the opportunity to contribute right away and prove he was a first round worthy WR, without any ridiculous expectations.
Randle didn’t make jaws drop at the combine, and his numbers in college don’t jump off the paper at you (which shouldn’t mean much given his former team’s inconsistent quarterback play). But Randle has the prototypical size, underrated speed, reliable hands, and certainly now some extra motivation to get to training camp and hit the ground running. He’ll certainly have some calories to burn off after waiting around and eating all those Snickers.