Friday Morning Notes: Eli should be OK; Giants could trade up in draft

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

What you need to know this morning….

QB Eli Manning underwent a successful procedure (officially being called a “debridement”) on his left ankle yesterday in Charlotte, NC.

The injury occurred during the Giants’ season finale vs the Redskins last Dec 29. With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Manning’s ankle got caught under Washington DL Chris Baker while he was attempting a pass to RB Peyton Hillis. Manning stayed in the game one more play (in which he threw and INT) before realizing he could not continue.

The rehab period for the ankle is set for approximately six weeks, which would take Eli out to May 22. The Giants begin their first leg of OTAs on May 28.

The injury is unrelated to the 2009 bout Eli had with plantar fasciitis, which was in his right foot, by the way.


For those beating the drum for the Giants to throw their hat into the ring for the services of Cleveland Browns’ center Alex Mack….

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed the transition-tagged Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet. The Browns, who said they would match any offer, are suddenly hedging.

For you math and finance majors out there, the Giants (with less than $4 million in cap space) really have no shot at landing Mack.


The NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah suggested this morning that the Giants could be looking to move up in the first round of the draft to take Michigan OT Taylor Lewan:

“There are three premier tackles in this draft – Greg Robinson for Auburn, Jake Matthews from (Texas) A&M and Taylor Lewan from Michigan. I think the third guy could be Lewan. I think that’s when you see a target for a team to move up to secure him. I look at the New York Giants picking at 12, I don’t think they’d have to move very far, but they could secure a tackle that they so desperately need…”




20 comments
jayhawkey
jayhawkey

Please stay at 12. Don't move. Take Evans, Ebron, Donald, Jernigan. Cross those names off as the first 11 are picked but if any are there pounce on them.

jwill
jwill

There's really no point in moving up from 12 unless you want Mack or Clowney, both of whom I would definitely cosign for the Giants. Lewan will fall or something juicier will fall when he's overdrafted. 


Drafts get deeper every year. You dont want to waste picks.

Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

Why is something news just because some nitwit reporter suggests that the Giants could do this?  They could trade up or down to get and number of players.  That does not mean that they will and they traditionally do not trade up in round 1.

Also, they don't desperately need a left tackle.  Beatty should be fine long term.  The real need is in the interior of the line and they should be able to address that in round 2 or 3.

If they can get a road grader tackle, that would be great, but there are a lot of other players that would make a great upgrade as well (Evans, Donald, Barr, etc.). 

cole3244
cole3244

this is a very deep draft according to all that should know and with all the holes we have to fill i would prefer the jints move down and acquire extra picks rather than move up and give up a pick(s).

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

giants won't move up for Lewan.  If they trade up - it would be a) to get ahead of Tampa to take Evans or b) to move up and secure Aaron Donald.


Personally, I think there is a better chance that they drop back, and take Zack Martin

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

THIS is WHY SO MUCH DEFENSE in F.A........

and this is WHY,

when you start a Season 0-6,

You Take your LUMPs !!!

You PLAY your Youth, ...

Find out , WHO can EARN a ROSTER SPOT next Season...

and PLAY for Draft Position....

REESE never should have signed LB Beason,

ELI should have just Started,

in those last  few games,

then been PULLed....

REESE was just SAVING HIS JOB !!!

NOT the GIANTs...

" IN REESE WE RUSTED "

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

OK...so I don't really see the Giants trading up in this instance, but if they did they would only need to jump 2 or 3 slots to guarantee themselves of getting Taylor Lewan...so the question I ask is: what would the Giants have to give up to move up just those 2 or 3 slots? I'm sure one of you guys have an idea. Would it be worth it to give up one of their 5th round picks if they were really that high on Lewan?

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Trading up would be a terrible idea. As for Eli, explain to me why he didn't get this done 4 weeks ago?

Tamás Asbóth
Tamás Asbóth

Trade up??? OMG nooooo. We have a deep draft class, there is no need to go up to top 10. On the other hand we don't necessarily need a top OL player. The team will give Beatty another chance. He was pathetic last year, but he did pretty well in 2012 (8th in PFF grades). We bring Charles Brown who is a suitable backup. Pugh will remain the RT because we also signed Geoff Schwartz + John Jerry and Snee also tries to come back (we have a a lot of backup in this position). We "only" need a backup tackle and a project center. I know that sounds a bit strange and a lof of fan will disagree with me but this is my opinion. We signed 4 players, have some young rookies (Mosley, Herman) and a veteran with a big salary who could bounce back (Beatty).


Besides that Lewan is a top 10 player and he could be our pick but not after a trade up. My other candidates are Donald and Ebron but anything can happen in the next 4 weeks and the draft day is also so long.

spider43
spider43

@jwill  .... To be honest, I'd be tempted to move up for Watkins. I think the guy is a stud. But the cost would be prohibitive, and it's not the Giants style to trade up in early rounds. If they traded anywhere, it would be to trade down, not up.

jwill
jwill

@Matthew Cohen There's not much on the interior in the draft. Giants best bet would probably be to move Dunn inside. He's a guard anyway. That could pave the way for Lewan at RT.

jayhawkey
jayhawkey

@Skookaloop It's quite obvious you have never played this sport or any at a middle to high level. You lose more than the win/loss factor when you dump a season on purpose. Trading Beason for Connor was a great but risky move that turned the defense from almost last to eigth, revised the spirit of a team that wasn't going to the playoffs, gave the fans something positive to cheer about and still solidified a good draft position for 14-15. You never turn over and die if you're a team with heart, soul, character, history and pride.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Skookaloop You know, I really wish I was following this blog the year the Giants won SB46.


I would've loved to hear what Skook had to say about Reese as a GM then.


When REESE DRAFTED players like Bradshaw, Nicks, Manningham, Linval Joseph, and Prince, along with REESE SIGNED players like Rolle, Canty, Weatherford, Deon Grant, and VICTOR CRUZ were all MAJOR contributors to the Championship winning team.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@fast_eddie  from a value stand point, the 10th pick is worth 1200 points where as the 12th is worth 1300. If you take into account that the 100th pick in the draft early 4th round is worth 100 points there you go. Its about a 4th round pick. If they had to go further into top 10 you are looking at a 3rd round pick, wh ich i can see the Giants giving up next year, not this years with this draft being so deep. 


Is it possible? yea, likely? No. 

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Peter Sinapi I would have to assume it was one of those "Let's see if it gets better on it's own. If it's not good by April 10th, we'll operate".

Given the option, they would obviously prefer not operating.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I think you are right on with the OL. They spent a lot in the area and only need a center unless Walton is 100% and ready.

jwill
jwill

@spider43 @jwillReally? I know Watkins is all-world, but in the deepest draft ever at WR? Wouldnt that be excessive?

jwill
jwill

@spider43 Yeah, I can def. see that being an unstoppable combo: cruz inside, Watkins and Randle on the outs.


One could make a similar argument for JPP and Clowney. My prize would be to take Mack and put him in the middle of our defense. Finally a do everything LB who doesnt need to be schemed around.

spider43
spider43

@jwill...... Excessive, maybe. But I like the idea of having two receivers being studs. You can double-team one, but you're not going to double-team both receivers. That is EXACTLY the reason why the Lions are looking into the possibility of trading up to select Watkins, so they can pair him with Calvin Johnson. That duo would be unstoppable. I would love a Watkins or an Evans to team up with Victor Cruz for the same reason. Either Watkins or Evans would make a great replacement for Nicks.