Giants Pro Bowl WR Victor Cruz said on the NFL Network yesterday the Giants need to replace Hakeem Nicks in the upcoming draft. Who would he like to see Big Blue take?
From SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News:
“If I had my choice, if I had my pick, I think we should go receiver,” Cruz said on NFL Total Access. “I think we definitely need some help, especially losing a guy like Hakeem Nicks, such a big-play guy in our offense.”
So who does Cruz think the Giants should select? He tabbed Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans as the ideal candidate to fill that outside role. He’s not the only one either. Several sources have told the Daily News recently that Evans, a 6-5, 225-pounder, is up near the top of the Giants’ draft board and a player they very seriously have their eye on at No. 12.
“He’s a guy that’s a big body that can get down the field, that can catch the ball with strength over his head, around defenders,” Cruz said. “He’s a guy that I watched a lot during his college tenure and that I’m excited about.”
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Giant fans would love to see Evans in Blue as well. Should Evans be there when the Giants pick, many believe they won’t pass. They are clamoring for the days when Eli had big targets such as Jeremy Shockey, Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer.
But with the new, quick-passing, up-tempo offense being installed the need for a big, vertical receiver is no longer necessary. The team has a big receiver – Rueben Randle – who is every bit of 6’3″ although he doesn’t look that tall on TV or from the stands.
Yes, the addition of Evans will open things up for Cruz and the others, but Jerry Reese might see him as more of a luxury than a necessity.