NFL Draft: Giants have seven picks in six rounds

The Giants currently have the No. 12 overall selection in Thursday’s NFL Draft, the first time they’ve held that pick since 1964 when they drafted RB Joe Don Looney out of the University of Oklahoma.

Looney never played for the Giants, he was traded before the season to the Baltimore Colts along with OL Lou Kirouac and a 1965 sixth round pick for veteran DB Andy Nelson and receiver RC Owens. Both Owens and Nelson were out of football by 1965. Kirouac would play a season in Baltimore before joining the expansion Falcons in 1966.

None of that will mean anything come Thursday night. The rumors are that teams are looking to trade up while others will be trading back. The Giants appear to be content to let the draft come to them, as usual.

The Giants own seven total picks in this year’s draft: One each in Rounds 1-4 and 7 and two in Round 5, including one compensatory selection, the latter of the picks.

Round One: Pick 12
Round Two: Pick 11 (43 overall)
Round Three: Pick 10 (74)
Round Four: Pick 13 (113)
Round Five: Pick 12 (152), Pick 34 (174)
Round Six: Pick 11 (187)

The additional fifth round selection (174) is a compensatory selection awarded the team during the offseason as a result of free agents lost vs gained the prior season. The Giants’ seventh round selection (225) was traded to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for LB Jon Beason.

GM Jerry Reese has been equitable with his selections, drafting 27 defensive players, 25 offensive players and one special teamer since taking over the GM job in 2007.

The position Reese has selected most? Linebacker (7).

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There are some important things I hope the Giants can address or be mindful of in this draft:

1. Dont over-think it. Just take the best player that falls in round 1.

2. Its the deepest WR draft in history. Don't walk away without getting a few WRS. Take some UDFAs to camp if nothing else.

3. Get some speed in coverage ability at LB. Your division (Romo, RGIII, WC Off, in Wash.) warrants it and so does your league. Your base defense should not be a sub package. -_-

4. Please dont overdraft project players. Players like Adrien Robinson go undrafted for a reason.

5. Brandon Coleman is Ramses Barden.

6. Let's not pass on any Xavier Rhodes-type players if they're there.

7. Don't draft any small receivers. Jernigan's stepping up. Cruz is there. You've already got that flavor. The Giants should draft another receiver with a big radius and some deep speed - the prototype. Randle can replace Nicks, but you need more downfield guys for this new offense and you need a contingency.

8. Draft Troy Nikklas. He can block. Thats what TEs are supposed to do.

9. NY is good place to stash Michael Sam. We're a progressive town. And I think Sam will have a better career than his combine numbers show, especially as his body develops in an NFL training room. He overachieved in college, he's smart, and he's a motor guy.

10. Precedent. Precedent. Precedent.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@jwill I like a lot of what you're saying.  I don't watch any College FB, so I don't even pretend to know who the Giants should and shouldn't take, at least not by name.

All I know is, they need to improve big time on the OL and DL, need an "All Around" TE, and could really use a tall, Plaxico-type WR.

As far as #9, I read he's projected to be a late-round 4 to mid-round 6 guy.  I just hope that as we approach those rounds, there isn't a big "conspiracy" firestorm as each pick goes by and he goes undrafted.

I also hope we're not too far away from the day when it isn't news when and athlete "come out" or even the day when people don't have to "come out" at all.  Just be who you are.

Michael Bedrin
Michael Bedrin

@jwill  Very rare that I find a post that I near 100% agree with. To add to what you've said:

1. I feel that the top 15 players in this draft are all top 10 talents. Getting ANY of them would be great. Over-thinking it could find them reaching.

2. Lots of WR talent to be had here. Especially in the later rounds and as UDFAs. No need to burn one of the first 3 picks unless they can land Evans (1st rd) or Benjamin (2nd rd).

3. I absolutely agree here, too. I'd like to see a guy like Tyler Starr.

4. The only project I can think of that I wouldn't mind seeing them take a gamble on is Larry Webster. He's a two-way project in that he can develop as both a DE and a TE. If he's there in the 4th, I think he's worth the risk. I wouldn't do it in the 3rd, though.

5. He's exactly Ramses Barden!!! lol. This is exactly what I've been saying about this kid all year. I'd definitely rather see them use their picks elsewhere.

6. I'm really hoping that adding Thurmond to the mix will help our DBs learn how to be more physical. For a small guy, he knows how to play physically. Adding a Rhodes-type player would only further instill this.

7. I won't mind if they get a small WR later, but they need a big guy first and foremost. If they have to grab a smaller guy, he needs to have elite speed and be a home-run hitter.

8. Niklas is probably the best blocker of the top TEs. It's my biggest worry with Ebron, and the scuttlebutt seems that Reese isn't actually very high on Ebron, either. The fact that Niklas is actually useful catching the ball is big bonus. I see Niklas as a more advanced version of Larry Webster (mentioned in #4). The only top TE that I'd specifically like to avoid is Amaro. To me, he's just a very large inside receiver, without much blocking ability. The elite pass-rushers of the NFC East will chew him up and spit him out,

9. NY is probably the most ideal place for him. Not just because of the obvious. He needs more development as a pass rusher and this could be the perfect place for him to do that. I also think that he's more of a complimentary rusher than your typical DE, but this team has found success with that before (Kiwi). Add in the fact that he's a high-character guy with obviously thick skin, he could develop into a star in NY with some coaching and a strong D-Line.


@Michael Frias @jwillThanks for feedback. def. agree about lines and  TE. It almost seems like, judging from Bennett and Joseph's situations, that it can be a bad thing for a draft pick or young signee to reach his full potential.

Also agree about coming out. The fact that its a big deal says a lot of good things about the person coming out but says a lot of bad things about the society that that person is coming out to.


Numbers 4, 7 and 8 REALLY hit home with me...


@Michael Bedrin Thanks for feedback. Overall I agree. I wouldn't mind the G-men going WR in 3 if its a very high upside guys, a guy like Aberderris or Moncreif. Aberderris could probably be had in the 4th but I hear a lot of folks are high on him for his route running. I am too.

I was watching tape on Webster's pro-day the other day he didn't look that fluid to me, but everyone is high on him. I'd be very okay with the Giants taking a late pick on him and def. as a UDFA. As long as he isnt the only TE taken.

As for Coleman, if the Giants haven't learned their lesson by now with 6'6" guys playing WR, we are really in trouble. 6'5" is the cutoff for WR success in the NFL, in terms of precedence.

Agree about smaller guys if he brings exceptional speed which itself can alleviate catch radius issues. Same with extremely good route running.

Is Amaro a bad blocker? I havent read up on him. 

I also want the Giants to draft Gator Haskins. I think he'll be a terror in McAdoo's system. And like...right away, year 1.


@fast_eddie Thanks.  I hope these guys have a great draft. The Football Gods are watching to see how this team takes advantage of its Eli Manning window.