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By gfhjh001 on Nov 28, 2013 05:30 AM
draft visitors may give a hint of what team is thinking
Jerry Reese stood at a podium Thursday and spoke for a half hour. Just like every year, the Giants general manager didn give away a shred of information on the team strategy for next Markus Wheaton NFL Jersey week NFL Draft.
wish I could share more with you guys, he said at one point.
For an indication of the Giants thinking in advance of the draft, the best place to look is at their list of predraft visits, as the NFL limits the number of nonlocal prospects at 30. Because the Giants know those visits can reveal strategy, they make it clear to players and agents they don want that information to be made public.
But a few names trickle out. And this year, the leaks confirm the Giants are looking for offensive linemen in the first round while showing they checking out early to midround wide receivers as well as some cornerbacks in the middle of the draft.
According to various people informed of recent visits (all of whom requested anonymity because of the Giants desire to keep the information private), the team has brought in:
tackles Nate Solder (Colorado) and Tyron Smith (USC). Both are projected as firstround picks, though most mock drafts have Smith off the board long before the Giants pick at No. 19. It unclear if Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey and Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo visited, but the Giants spent plenty of time with both players at the scouting combine and their pro days. Both players have long been rumored to be on the team radar. Tackle Byron Stingily (Louisville), a projected midround pick, also visited the Giants.
receivers Jon Baldwin (Pitt, secondround projection), Jerrel Jernigan (Troy, second/third round), DeMarco Sampson (San Diego State, midrounds), Denarius Moore (Tennessee, late rounds) and Kris Durham (Georgia, late rounds/free agent). The injuries to Steve Smith, Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon make receiver a need for the Giants.
Shareece Wright (USC, third round) Larry Foote Men's Jersey and Brandon Hogan (West Virginia, fourth round) and safety Darnell Burks (Fort Valley State, free agent). Aaron Ross and Terrell Thomas are entering the final year of their contracts, so the Giants probably don expect to resign both and are likely looking for contingency plans.
defensive end Adrian Clayborn. And why not? After all, what Giants draft would be complete without the threat of another firstround defensive end? Then again, Mathias Kiwanuka is coming off a serious neck injury and is a free agent. Plus, this might be the year Osi Umenyiora finally takes a hard stance on his contract, so don rule Clayborn out completely.
Carolina running back Johnny White. Given the Giants needs at running back, odds are other backs paid visits as steelersfootballprostore.com/steelers-william-gay-jersey-c-71.html well.
fullback Shaun Chapas didn visit, but indications are the Giants are interested in him.
Naturally, the Giants can possibly take all of these players. And before Jason PierrePaul last year, they hadn selected a firstrounder who paid them a visit during Reese tenure as general manager.
But last year, Chad Jones (third round), Phillip Dillard (fourth round), Adrian Tracy (sixth round) and Duke Calhoun (free agent) all visited before the draft, proving the Giants don just bring in players for show. And given the needs at the positions listed above, it clear the Giants are taking a long look at those players especially since the lockout prevented a freeagency period before the draft for the first time since free agency inception in 1993.
always are cognizant of what your needs are, Reese said. still, if we need a running back and there is high value at defensive tackle, we are not going to take a running back just because we need a running back. We are going to take that high value defensive tackle or any other position.