2015 NFL Draft: The Giants have eight picks, but no comps

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The NFL has established the order of the upcoming draft. The Giants will have eight selections — all seven of theirs, plus an additional seventh-rounder they received from Denver for PK Brandon McManus last season.

The Giants’ selections for this year’s draft, which is in Chicago from April 30-May 2:

Round 1, Pick 9
Round 2, Pick 8 (overall: 40)
Round 3, Pick 10 (overall: 74)
Round 4, Pick 9 (overall: 108)
Round 5, Pick 8 (overall: 144)
Round 6, Pick 10 (overall: 185)
Round 7, Pick 9 (overall: 226)
Round 7 (from Denver) Pick 28, (overall: 245)

The Giants were not awarded compensatory selections this season. To read more of this story, click here


Tisch wants Eli to retire a Giant

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said he wants Eli Manning to retire as a Giant (Daily News, March 24).

“I would love Eli to retire from football a New York Giant,” Tisch said. “It’s my personal feelings, and as one of the co-owners, my professional feelings. It would make me very happy. I think it would be very special for the Giants organization, for Eli and for the Manning family. I think that’s certainly a personal goal.”

Tisch confirmed that there have been conversations about an extension for Manning, who is entering the final year of his contract, but there are yet to be negotiations between the two sides.

According to sources, said the Giants have been keeping an eye on the contract extension talks between the Pittsburgh Steelers and their QB Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger had just one year left in his contract when he agreed to a five-year, $99 million deal last week, and the Giants seem to believe Manning will ask for more than Roethlisberger got.

The Daily News Live panel discusses Manning’s contract situation and whether the Giants would be wise to re-sign the 34-year-old QB…  To read more of this story, click here

No compensatory draft picks for Giants

As expected, the Giants will not have any compensatory draft picks in the upcoming draft (Vacchiano, March 23).

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Giants comfortable letting Manning play out contract

The Giants are comfortable letting Eli Manning play out the final year of his contract, as the two sides are no closer to reaching an extension agreement (ESPN, March 23).

According to sources, ESPN said the Giants have been keeping an eye on the contract extension talks between the Pittsburgh Steelers and their QB Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger had just one year left in his contract when he agreed to a five-year, $99 million deal last week, and the Giants seem to believe Manning will ask for more than Roethlisberger got.

While the Giants hope to keep Manning in New York for the remainder of his career, there is no real advantage to extending his contract now. If they did, they could save as much as $11 million in 2015 salary cap space, but as long as they don’t need the space, they could franchise him next season and keep him off the free-agent market. Manning is set to earn $17 million in salary and count $19.75 million against the cap this year. The Giants can franchise him next season for 120 percent of this year’s cap number, or $23.7 million.

As Manning is coming off one of his strongest seasons, not to mention has started every game since picking up the starting job in his 2004 rookie season, the Giants have made it a top priority for Manning to finish his career in a Giants uniform.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Eli just turned 34, and a five year deal keeps him in Blue until he’s 39. Even though he is the iron man of NFL QBs and has not missed a game since taking over the starting reins in 2004, the Giants are likely to balk at that scenario and seek a shorter deal.

That is why they are dragging their feet on a Ben-like deal with Eli. The club might want to see if Eli’s career trajectory is still pointing upward. And for how long.

Manning’s numbers were sagging before last season’s resurgence under new OC Ben McAdoo, which emphasized high-percentage passes. The arrival of superstar WR Odell Beckham, Jr. also went a long way in raising Eli’s game.

Is there a player out there the Giants’ are jonesing to get right now? Not that we can see. So why restructure Eli sooner than you have to?

I think the deal eventually gets done but it might not have the long-term love the team has shown in past for Eli.

NFL Draft: Giants may benefit by trading back

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

In the upcoming NFL Draft, the Giants hold the ninth overall selection. Some say they are on the apron of where the top players end and the second-tier players begin. I’m not sure about that, but I am becoming more wary that teams may be looking to trade up into the top ten this season.

Since he took over as GM, Jerry Reese has yet to make a trade with his first round selection. With the talent in this draft considerably deeper than normal at some positions, he may reconsider come April 30. Let’s face it, the way things are going one player ain’t gonna do it anyway.

After a flurry of low-level free agent signings this week, the Giants have plenty of bodies for their defensive line. Unless they encounter a future Pro Bowl-caliber pass rusher at No. 9, they are unlikely to draft one since that player will either be a benchwarmer or a small part of the DE rotation.

None of the top OL are franchise LTs that warrant a top-10 pick. There are two WRs the Giants would take in a second should they fall to them (Kevin White, Amari Cooper) but that would only happen if teams make mistakes in front of them and I don’t think they will.

Two QBs – Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota – are now being projected to be the draft’s top two selections. A third, Bryce Petty of Baylor, is now being touted as a first-rounder and may have teams looking to move up as far as No. 9 to get him by the time draft day comes around. Granted, he may not be worth that high a pick but looking at past drafts, you never know what can happen when a player’s stock suddenly rises.

That is where Reese will face a difficult decision. Should he trade down for a package of picks, or stay put and take his chances? Looking at this roster, he can get younger faster with nine or ten picks than he can with seven. I say he thinks long and hard about it.

It’s becoming more obvious that you can’t win – or even get to – the Super Bowl without a franchise QB, and some teams are willing to mortgage a lot now to set themselves up for future success. The Giants could turn that No. 9 pick into 3-4 bodies should the right offer come along.

There could be a team in the middle of the draft order willing to give them their No.1, No. 2 this year and two other later round or future picks for the right to draft Petty.

At first, I thought this was highly unlikely, but now, it’s developing into a very real possibility. Teams get crazy about their QB situation and rather than face their fans with an uncertain future. They want a young face to put on the cover of their GameDay programs that gives the fans hope.

Petty had a strong pro day and teams that have identity problems and executives trying to keep their jobs may get antsy and decide Petty is their ticket to the top. Right now, Petty is projected to be a  late-first, early-second rounder but as the draft approaches, teams get itchy trigger fingers.

The way things are breaking, someone could be hot for Petty by late April and the bidding could benefit the teams that are selecting high in the draft, like the Giants. Let’s see if the offer is right. If it is, Reese won’t be able to resist.

The Giants can can get rich on safeties, offensive linemen and possibly a TE or WR in the first three rounds of this draft if some on-the-fence GMs get a case of the nerves.


Giants sign DE Selvie

The Giants have signed defensive end George Selvie, the team announced.

Selvie can earn up to $1.4 million, including a $200,000 signing bonus and a $1 million base salary, according to reporter Aaron Wilson.

Selvie has played in 68 games with 29 starts (all at left defensive end) over five seasons with the Rams (2010), Panthers (2011), Jaguars (2011-2012) and Cowboys (2013-2014). Selvie also spent time on the Buccaneers’ offseason roster in 2013.

He has 117 tackles, 13 sacks, 31 quarterback hits, 24 tackles for loss, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles. He had a career-high seven sacks in 2013 and three in 2014, which were his second-most.

Selvie was teammates with Jason Pierre-Paul at University of South Florida.

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Selvie fits the Giants’ new FA profile: under 30 and cheap. He will be vying for playing time at LDE with Robert Ayers and Damontre Moore. Selvie is also reunited with his former coach, Steve Spagnuolo, who coached Selvie with the Rams in 2010.

Selvie is a player that the Giants have pursued in the past. He is a perfect compliment to the group already in place. The Giants thrive when they a solid rotation on their defensive line.

“I’m excited to be here,” Selvie said as per the team’s official website. “It’s a great opportunity for me. And I’m excited to be playing with JPP again, along with Spags (defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, his first NFL head coach). I’m excited for the opportunity to be here.”

“I think that’s a great pickup,” Pierre-Paul said. “He’s a good player. George can play the run and rush the passer. From the film I’ve watched, he’s gotten better as a player.”

Let’s hope Selvie is another young veteran that can bring leadership – and production – to the Giants’ rudderless defense.