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NFL DRAFT 2012: GIANTS SIGN FORMER RUTGERS' FULLBACK JOE MARTINEK (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_sign_for.html)

"The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) signed 10 undrafted free
agents immediately following the conclusion of the draft and one of them is Rutgers (http://www.nj.com/rutgers/) fullback Joe Martinek, who tweeted
the news. Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross confirmed the signing.
The 6-foot, 224-pounder ran a 4.5 40-yard-dash at Rutgers' pro day after
catching 27 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown in addition to 24 rushes for
123 yards in 2011

"We had him at the local day," Ross said. "We’ve been
to tons of Rutgers games. He’s just a gritty, hard-nosed football player. He’s
played fullback, he’s played running back, done whatever they asked. He worked
out really well. Can really catch the ball. A guy you can throw in at any
position there in the backfield and he’ll not miss a beat."</p>

NFL DRAFT ENDS; OSI UMENYIORA REMAINS WITH GIANTS; UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_ends_and_osi_umenyio.html)

"The NFL Draft (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/) came and went.
And Osi Umenyiora remains a Giant (http://www.nj.com/giants/).<div class="entry-content">

“All options are open with respect to that,” general manager Jerry Reese said
when asked if any deals had been discussed. “Our first choice with respect to
Osi is he plays for the Giants and retires a Giant.”</p>

Reading between the lines of Reese’s non-denial/non-confirmation, it sounds
like the Giants at least listened to, or explored, offers for Umenyiora. Perhaps
there were some contingencies involved, such as whether the Giants or another
team would draft a pass rusher.</p>

But nothing materialized and the standoff will continue. Reese said Umenyiora
was offered a new contract both last year and this offseason. Umenyiora has
turned down all offers.</p>

“We’d still like to make it work,” Reese said. “But all of our options are
always open.”

* * *</p>

The Giants have begun the process of signing undrafted free agents. DE Matt
Broha (Lousiana Tech), FB Joe Martinek (Rutgers), WR David Douglas (Arizona), WR
Julian Talley (UMass and Winslow HS), DE Adewale Ojomo (Miami), and S Janzen
Jackson (McNeese State) will sign with the team. Both <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_giants_host_more_non.html">came
in for pre-draft visits</a>.</p></div>##

NFL DRAFT 2012: GIANTS SELECT TIGHT END ADRIEN ROBINSON, OFFENSIVE TACKLE BRANDON MOSLEY IN 4TH ROUND (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_select_t.html)

"The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) got their tight end two
days later than many had projected.<div class="entry-content">

The team selected Cincinnati's Adrien Robinson with the first of their two
fourth-round picks (No. 127 overall). Four picks later, the team chose Auburn
offensive tackle Brandon Mosley with the 131st overall pick.</p>

Robinson, who measured in at 6-4, 264 pounds, is a player who didn't have
much production in college (12 receptions last season) but he had a tremendous
spring, running in the 4.5s for his 40-yard dash. He showed plenty of
athleticism to obviously catch the eye of Giants' scouts. The team <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_bring_in_draft_candidat.html">brought
him in for a pre-draft visit</a>.</p>

Though scouting reports present questions about his blocking, the fact tight
ends coach Mike Pope signed off on him tells you the team believes he can
improve in that department.</p>

"The sky is the limit with that kid," a personnel evaluator for another team
said of Robinson.</p>

Mosley (6-5, 318 pounds) is a former tight end who went to Auburn after
playing one season at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, where he caught as
many passes as Robinson did as a senior. Coincidentally, Brandon Jacobs went to
Coffeyville from Auburn; Mosley went the other way.</p>

Mosley became a backup tackle for Auburn after gaining 30 pounds. He became a
starter at right tackle four games into the season and held the job the rest of
the 2010 season. Last season, he was a second-team All-SEC selection.</p>

More coming."</p></div>

NFL DRAFT 2012: GIANTS FILL HOLES WITH SELECTIONS OF RUEBEN RANDLE, JAYRON HOSLEY (http://www.nj.com/sports/nfldraft/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_fill_hol.html)

"When Super Bowl XLVI hero Mario Manningham packed his bags and headed west to
San Francisco, questions loomed about who would step in and step up at wide
receiver, a la Victor Cruz last season when Domenik Hixon tore his

There are possible options on the roster: Ramses Barden, Jerrel
Jernigan and Hixon himself.</p>

But the Giants may have found their solution elsewhere. </p>

With their second-round pick, 63rd overall, in the NFL Draft, the Giants
selected LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle. And he won't have to do much
traveling; Randle was the final player remaining in the green room of the 26
invited to the draft at Radio City Music Hall across the Hudson.</p>

"It was pretty surprising but I knew the Giants had a lot of interest in me,"
Randle said. "I got a few phone calls from the guys. A couple people from LSU
kind of were giving little signs that they were interested in me so I knew once
it came up that there was an opportunity for them to draft me."</p>

In the third round, 94th overall, the Giants chose Virginia Tech cornerback
Jayron Hosley to bolster a cornerback corps with some question marks beyond
Corey Webster. The Giants selected Hosley's teammate, running back David Wilson,
in the first round on Thursday.</p>

Randle, star quarterback at the prep level, was invited to the draft because
he was projected as a late-first-round to second-round draft pick. But he
tumbled down to the end of the second round to the Giants, who had a first-round
grade on him and had discussed taking him with their first-round selection
Thursday night. </p>

“I really didn’t think there was a chance we were going to get him,” Giants
director of college scouting Marc Ross said. “He was one of those where, at the
end of the night, you said, ‘He’s going to be one of the first few guys taken at
the top of the (second) round. It’s very surprising that he was still

The 20-year-old Randle -- whom Ross and general manager Jerry Reese called an
"NFL-ready receiver" because of his strength, hands, and route-running ability
-- was an early-entrant in the draft, declaring for the NFL after a junior
season in which he caught 53 passes for 917 yards, by far his most productive
campaign in Baton Rouge. </p>

The 6-2, 208-pounder doesn't have elite speed – he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at the
combine – so he won't stretch the field. He's more of a possession receiver
known for his physicality, which drew a lofty comparison from Reese.</p>

"This kid runs the full route tree and he looks like a big pro wide receiver
out there the way he moves around and we think he’s going to be a quick fit into
the offense," Reese said. "He plays big, he can post guys up. People mentioned
Hakeem Nicks when we talked about him in our room. He’s not blazing fast and I
don’t think Hakeem is blazing fast either, but he’s game fast. And he’s bigger
than Hakeem."</p>

The numbers at LSU weren't eye-popping and he never was dominant in the SEC,
but a turbulent quarterback situation at LSU didn't help. And the Giants took
that into account.</p>

"The way LSU plays, they run the ball, they play defense and those two
quarterbacks, to be quite honest, are not very good," Ross said. "So he didn’t
get a lot of chances. When the ball came to him he was productive."</p>

And after being the last man sitting in the green room last night – something
he admitted was "a little frustrating" -- Randle said there will be some extra
motivation heading into his rookie year.</p>

"I think it adds a little chip to the shoulder, not much," Randle said. "I
was going to come in and work no matter what the situation, but I have a lot to
prove now because I did drop so far and that's what I'm willing to do."

NFL DRAFT 2012: GIANTS COMPARE RUEBEN RANDLE'S STYLE TO HAKEEM NICKS' (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_compare.html)</p>

"The way Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) director of college
scouting Marc Ross was talking about Rueben Randle's physicality and body
positioning minutes after the team <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_select_l.html">drafted
the LSU wide receiver in the second round</a>, it sounded exactly like what the
Giants were saying about Hakeem Nicks when they drafted him in 2009.</p>

Sure enough, later on Friday night, Jerry Reese made the connection between
the two.</p>

“He plays big, he can post guys up. People mentioned Hakeem Nicks when we
talked about him in our room,” the Giants’ general manager said. “He’s not
blazing fast and I don’t think Hakeem is blazing fast either, but he’s game
fast. And he’s bigger than Hakeem. Very good hands, ball skills. Talented,
talented football player.”</p>

Randle didn’t test extremely well (4.55-second 40-yard dash) and neither did
Nicks. But like Nicks, the Giants see Randle as a good route runner who plays
fast on game days.</p>

“We think he’s NFL-ready,” Reese said, echoing a phrase Ross used. “He runs
the entire route tree. This day and age in college football, it’s all about the
spread offense and guys don’t run the full tree. This kid runs the full route
tree and he looks like a big pro wide receiver out there the way he moves around
and we think he’s going to be a quick fit into the offense.”</p>

Coach Tom Coughlin said Randle got a good endorsement from LSU assistant
coach Thomas McGaughey, a former assistant on Coughlin’s staff. Coughlin also
said Reese has a trusted source on LSU’s staff.</p>

Reese said the team discussed drafting Randle in the first round on Thursday

“Really a little bit surprised about him still being there because we thought
he could’ve gone early in the second (round),” Reese said. “But he was still
there and we were fortunate to get a guy of his caliber.”</p>

* * * *</p>

So you can believe statements like that from the Giants – or any team, for
that matter – or you can look at them with a skeptical eye. (Heck, I believe
them here. I mean, I didn't mention Randle as a target in <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/nfl_draft_2012_giants_potentia.html">my
entry about taking a receiver in the second round</a> because I didn't think
there was any shot he'd be there.)</p>

But for the sake of conversation and exploration here, let’s assume they’re
telling the truth when they say they really were talking about a guy a round
earlier, he was the highest-rated player left by far and they were shocked he
was still available.</p>

So why not trade up to grab him? Why wait for him to fall to them?</p>

“We take a lot of pride in getting the proper grade on a player, a lot of
pride in ranking the player properly and stacking the board and believing
there’s going to be a good player for us to pick by virtue of showing patience
and not doing a lot of maneuvering,” Coughlin said. “As an organization, when we
go into a draft, we look at the number of picks we have and we certainly expect
to come out of the draft with that many or, if we’re fortunate, more. We don’t
do a lot of trading, we don’t do a lot of maneuvering.</p>

“We do have a number of calls that come into the room offering to maneuver, a
lot of which are, ‘Are you interested in…’ And to move substantially,
particularly if you’re going to move up substantially, it’s going to cost you
some picks.”</p>

Reese said pretty much the same thing.</p>

“We like using all of our picks,” he said. “We’ve moved up to get guys before
and it hasn’t worked out great for us before so we’re a little bit leery of
moving up to take guys. We’ve done that in the past and I don’t think our
success has been very good doing that.”</p>

Off the top of my head, the two guys the Giants moved up to grab most
recently were wide receivers Sinorice Moss and Ramses Barden.</p>

* * * *</p>

Some loose ends from Coughlin:</p>

--On whether CB Jayron Hosley’s physical nature (Coughlin kept calling him
“feisty”) will have to be curbed a bit in the NFL, where defensive backs can’t
get away with a whole lot of contact: “We’ll probably start with the aggressive.
And then work from there.” So does he mean they’ll tell Hosley to remain
aggressive? “Sure,” he said. “Absolutely.”</p>

--Coughlin expects Hosley to contribute as a punt returner, gunner and on
kickoff coverage. If he’s as aggressive as advertised, he could work very well
as a gunner.</p>

--On what the team looks for in draft picks: “Speed and athleticism. That’s
pretty much been something we’ve tried to attain with all of our picks,
regardless of if they’re defense or offense or whatever they may be. It’s a
common trait of athleticism. Speed obviously, when you look at Rueben's gym
numbers, they’re not going to be as impressive as perhaps we’d all like them to
be, but he is an athlete and a football player.”</p>

--On drafting for need: “I’ll tell you this, we’re very much aware of needs.
Don’t kid yourself. We’re very much aware of needs and through the process of
free agency or the draft or trades, we do work hard. Jerry Reese and his staff,
Marc Ross and his staff work very hard to make sure that balancing act is
accomplished. So we are aware of that. However, the proven route to take
philosophically or by virtue of the practical aspect of how the draft eventually
ends up is to be in position to take the best available player and then, in the
long run, sometimes there’s some impatience involved here, don’t get me wrong,
but in the long run that’s the way to go.”</p>

* * * *</p>

And one loose end from Ross on how Randle being a former quarterback helps
him as a receiver: "Yeah, and he plays that way. When they see the field and
then they go to another position, they have a great understanding for what’s
going on. He fits into that mold."</p>GIANTS SIGN MATHIAS KIWANUKA TO THREE-YEAR, $ 16.5 MILLION CONTRACT EXTENSION THROUGH 2015 (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_sign_mathias_kiwnauka_t.html)

"If <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_osi_umenyiora_uncertain.html">Osi
Umenyiora was unhappy with his situation</a> the other day, he can't possibly be
pleased with the news the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)slipped
through the back door recently.

The team signed linebacker/defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka to a three-year
contract extension through the 2015 season, according to NFL Players Association
records. (Good eyes by Ralph Vacchiano, <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/TheBlueScreen/status/195947928890769409">who noted
the extension first</a>.)</p>

According to someone who viewed the contract details, the total value of the
contract is $21.75 million over four years. The "new" money is $16.5 million
over three years (2013-15). Kiwanuka received a signing bonus of $8.5 million
and gets $10.95 million in guarantees.</p>

In an email, Umenyiora only addressed his pleasure his teammate and friend,
not his situation.</p>

"Well, I can say I'm happy for Kiwi, that's for sure," Umenyiora wrote. "He
deserves it, after all he has been through. It's a good move by them."</p>

A few minutes later, he added, "It's business. I don't feel anything but
happy for Kiwi honestly. My situation will take care of itself soon."</p>

<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/07/giants_to_re-sign_mathias_kiwa.html">Kiwanuka
had signed a two-year deal last summer</a> while an unrestricted free agent
following a neck issue that kept him out of the final 13 games of the 2010
season. He was scheduled to earn $4 million in base salary this season but that
figure has now been lowered to $950,000.</p>

Kiwanuka's base salaries for 2012-15 are: $2.95 million, $4.375 million and
$4.775 million.</p>

(I'm waiting on the full numbers on the deal. Will get them to you as soon as

Kiwanuka, 29, had only 3½ sacks last season but was credited with a
career-high 84 tackles and was a big part of the team's run defense by keeping
containment on the outside. He also proved his herniated disk was not an issue
despite plenty of repeated contact with opposing blockers and ball carriers. He
participated in 77.9 percent of the team's defensive snaps.</p>

Why this extension was kept on the hush for this long and not leaked is
unclear at this point.</p>

* * * *</p>

One other contract note: DT Shaun Rogers deal is for the veteran minimum, as
expected: one year, $925,000.</p>
GIANTS' FIRST ROUND PICK, DAVID WILSON, SEES HIMSELF AS COMBO OF RAY RICE AND ARIAN FOSTER (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_first-round_pick_david_1.html)

"A combination of Ray Rice and Arian Foster.

That's how Giants first-round pick David Wilson described himself as a
football player during an interview on WFAN this afternoon. </p>

If the running back out of Virginia Tech can come close to those All-Pros
then the Giants certainly achieved their goal of getting maximum value at No. 32
last night. </p>

"I think I'm a mix of Arian Foster and Ray Rice with the way he breaks
tackles and Arian Foster sometimes makes something out of nothing and I'm always
trying to get that extra yard when I'm on the field," Wilson said. </p>

The stats proved he often tried and succeeded in getting those extra yards
after he led the nation in yards after contact in 2011, his junior season. </p>

He's listed at 5-9, though he said he's 5-10, but Wilson assured that he
"plays bigger than what his stats say" when asked to give a scouting report of
himself. Primarily a kick returner his first two seasons – a role he said he can
take on at the NFL level -- because he was buried behind future NFL players Ryan
Williams and Darren Evans on the depth chart, Wilson burst onto the national
scene with a school-record 1,709 yards last season. He was subsequently named
ACC MVP, ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-American.</p>

"I never took a step back from when I first started playing football," he
said. "It's always been excelling, excelling each year and getting better and
better. I'm a student of the game and that's a good thing coming up there."</p>

Known for his speed after doubling as a track star at Virginia Tech, concerns
about Wilson, whom the Giants had ranked as the No. 2 running back on their
board behind Trent Richardson, heading into the draft were ball security – he
had seven fumbles last season -- and pass protection. </p>

"I'm getting better and getting more physical," Wilson said when asked about
pass protection. "I want to protect Eli [Manning]."</p>

The questions were enough to make him a second-round possibility and he was
aware of it.</p>

"I was definitely hoping for the first round and I knew it was a slim chance
that it was possible, but it wasn't like I was a top-10 pick or whatever so it
was a slight chance I was going to get in the first round," he said.</p>

But he did go in the first 32 and with Brandon Jacobs gone and Ahmad Bradshaw
continuously battling a foot injury, Wilson recognizes that there's an
opportunity for him to step in and contribute as a rookie.</p>

"Ahmad Bradshaw's been there for a while and he has held his position pretty
well," he said. "Coming up there, I'm looking forward to competing with him and
we're both going to be making plays and making the team better.</p>

[The Giants are] a special team and coming in and having an opportunity to
contribute at some point during the season, whether it's right away or here and
there, whenever I get my opportunity to do whatever I'm going to take it and try
to make a name for myself."

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>
GIANTS GO WITH CB/PR JAYRON HOSLEY IN THIRD ROUND (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/04/giants-go-with-cbpr-jayron-hosley-in-third-round)

"The Giants took CB/PR Jayron Hosley, David Wilson's teammate at Virginia
Tech, with their third round pick. A two-year starter at left CB for the Hokies,
Hosley battled through hamstring and concussion problems in 2011 to rank 11th in
the nation with a 12.67-yard average returning punts.

Hosley left Virginia Tech following his junior season. He had 12 career
interceptions, just three last year when teams threw away from him.</p>

At 5-10, 178, he lacks size but displays what Tom Coughlin calls a "feisty
attitude" and Jerry Reese calls "athletic arrogance."</p>

"He’s a physical tackler who many times is matched up against the opponent’s
best receiver," Coughlin said. "Whether it is the physical aspect of the game,
the coming up in run support, the competitiveness of the press position or just
playing the ball in the air, this man does have outstanding hands and he’s been
able to convert that into interceptions. We feel we can accomplish a lot with
this type of athlete. He’s one of those people who’s not backing off

"He plays a lot like Pacman Jones when he first came out," Reese said. "He
runs in there like a little linebacker. If he was a couple of inches taller, he
would be in that first row with the first two guys.”</p>

The comparison to Jones was interesting because Hosley failed his drug test
(marijuana) at the Scouting Combine. Both Coughlin and Reese are confident the
issue has been resolved.</p>

"We're very much aware of it. We've addressed that with him and we're
prepared to address that professionally as well," Coughlin said.</p>

"He's not the first one to have a situation like that," Reese said. "He's
very young, still 20. He knows that's a bad decision he made and we expect
better from him."</p>

GIANTS TAKE LSU WR REUBEN RANDLE WITH SECOND PICK (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/04/giants-take-lsu-wr-rueben-randle-with-second-pick)</p>

"The Giants think they got the wide receiver to replace the departed Mario
Manningham with their second round pick, tabbing LSU's Rueben Randle. Randle,
6-2, 208, is a former high school QB who is still learning the receiver spot but
who has a great deal of upside. He started 25 of 40 games at LSU at all three
receiver spots. He caught 97 passes for 1634 yards and 13 TDs, modest stats that
the Giants are overlooking because of the lack of chances he got in LSU's

"Those two quartebacks, to be honest, are not very good," explained Marc
Ross, the team's director of scouting. :"He'd be running down the field wide
open and they could not get the ball to him. But you just look at his physical

Randle is big, smooth and athletic and reminds some people of Hakeem Nicks or
Victor Jackson. He doesn't possess burner speed but he is fearless over the
middle and fits in with the general competitiveness of the Giants receiving

“Rueben is an NFL-ready receiver. He’s strong, he can catch the ball, he’s a
good route-runner and he’s position-savvy," Ross said. "I think our guys who we
have now, Hakeem (Nicks) and Victor (Cruz), if you put them out in a combine,
you might not notice them but you put the, on a football field and they take
their game to another level. That’s how Rueben is in our eyes."</p>

Randle says he’s “not-quite” NFL-ready but he also says, “I can make all the
plays, deep, over the middle, it doesn’t really matter. Whatever they need me to

Randle was the ninth receiver taken in the draft but was higher on the
Giants' value board.</p>

"When it came time to make our pick he was the guy without a doubt who had
the highest grade," Tom Coughlin said.</p>

"He wasn't ninth," said Ross, adding he was even discussed when they made
their first round pick Thursday. "He was up there."</p>

The Giants are fundamentally opposed to trading up so Ross said he was
holding his breath on Randle throughout the second round. So was Randle. He was
the player left of those draft candidates brought to New York by the NFL.</p>

“It was a little nerve-wracking but you’ve got to stay calm,” he said. “I
don’t know what played into that situation but I’m coming to the Giants. They’re
the Super Bowl champs and I’m happy with that. It adds a little chip to the
shoulder, not much. I have a lot to prove now because I dropped so far.”</p>

DIEHL STEPPING IN FOR ELI MANNING AT MARCH OF DIMES EVENT (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/04/diehl-stepping-in-for-eli-at-march-of-dimes-event)</p>

"Giants T David Diehl has Eli Manning's back each Sunday during the NFL
season, and the 31-year-old is coming to his quarterback's aid again this

Manning, the co-chair for this year's March of Dimes March for Babies, can't
make the event this Sunday so the man responsible for protecting his blind side
is stepping in. Diehl will lead the 3.5 mile march tomorrow along with tennis
legend Venus Williams.</p>

The march is the signature fund-raising event for the March of Dimes each
year, and some 10,000 New Yorkers will take part in the event, which kicks off
at 10 a.m. at 63rd St. and Columbus Ave. (Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.).</p>

The fund-raising goal for the 2012 edition of the march is $3.5 million, and
the money raised will fund research programs dedicated to helping mothers have
healthy, full-term pregnancies, and to support the March of Dimes' prematurity
campaign."</p>KIWI GETS THREE-YEAR EXTENSION WHILE OSI WAITS (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/04/kiwi-gets-three-year-extension-while-osi-waits)

"UPDATED: 4:08 p.m. (with comment from Osi Umenyiora)

Osi Umenyiora has been unhappy about his contract situation with the Giants
for years. This won’t make him feel any better at all.

While Umenyiora
is left to presumably play out his contract, the Giants quietly gave a new deal
to Umenyiora’s teammate, Mathias Kiwanuka. They signed the linebacker (and
sometimes defensive end) to a three-year contract extension recently, even
though he still had one year left on the two-year contract he signed just eight
months ago.

The full terms of the deal were not immediately available,
but the base salaries were listed on the NFL Players Association's website.
Kiwanuka had his 2012 base salary lowered from $4 million to $950,000 and is now
scheduled to make $2.95 million in 2013, $4.375 million in 2014 and $4.775
million in 2015.</p>

Despite all the bitterness about his own situation, Umenyiora told the Daily
News that he's glad the Giants took care of his teammates. In an email to the
News on Friday, he said "Honestly i feel nothing but happy for Kiwi.</p>

"He deserves it for sure with all he has been through," Umenyiora added.
"Dont really know what that means for me, but I'm sure we will find out soon.
The fact they took care of him first is OK with me. I'm not shocked by that at

The 29-year-old Kiwanuka played well last season in his return
from a herniated disc in his neck which forced him to miss the last 13 games of
the 2010 season. He only had 3 ½ sacks, but he had a career-high 84 tackles and
his coaches often spoke of his improved play against the run.

by comparison, was a pass-rushing force for the Giants. He had 12 ½ sacks in the
13 games he played. He’s due $3.975 million in salary from the Giants this
season and has made no secret about his desire for a new deal worth in the $10
million-per-year range.

He also made it clear that he doesn’t expect to
get it, and a source confirmed there have been nothing but extremely preliminary
discussions between the two sides about a new deal. What’s unknown is what
Umenyiora plans to do about his situation. Clearly he’s as angry as he’s been
for several years. In fact on Wednesday he was already hinting at doing
something – perhaps a holdout in training camp that lasts longer than one

“So what do I do?” Umenyiora said. “Do I suck it up and come back
and put my tail between my legs like I’ve always done for these last couple of
years? Do I do that again this year? Or do I go out there and try to do what’s
best for me, just this one time?”

When he hears that Kiwanuka got a new
deal, the situation certainly could get worse. According to one source close to
Umenyiora, he and his agents had no idea about Kiwanuka’s contract. The only
bright side, one source said, is that based on the initial look at Kiwanuka’s
salaries, it’s likely not a deal Umenyiora would’ve even considered

It also doesn’t appear to a precursor to Umenyiora getting
traded, despite strong rumors around the NFL that the Giants were shopping him
around. If a team wanted to acquire Umenyiora they almost certainly would want
to at least talk to him about a new contract, and his agent, Tony Agnone, said
on Friday that he hasn’t spoken to any other teams.

That could change,
though, if the Giants draft a defensive end in Round 2. According to one NFL
source they were eyeing Clemson defensive end Andre Branch in the draft on
Friday night and were even considering trading up to get him. If they do, it
could potentially open the door to Umenyiora being dealt. At the very least, if
that happens, several interested teams figure to call."</p>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)</div>
</div></div></div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
GIANTS DRAFT WR RANDLE AFTER SLIDE (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/catching_tiger_6Z1xzSdHIgqcNH8UZnMc6K)

"When it came time to make their selection with the last pick in the first
round of the NFL Draft, the Giants, as always, mulled over several players they
had ranked in a cluster with similar assigned values. One of those players was
Rueben Randle, a lanky receiver from LSU who was given a solid first-round
grade.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

“He was in the discussion,’’ said Marc Ross, the Giants director of college

Late Thursday night, the Giants opted for Virginia Tech running back David
Wilson, and Ross figured that was that as far as Randle wearing a Giants
</p>Lo and behold, Ross’ estimation proved incorrect. Players came tumbling off
the board last night, and as the second round neared an end Randle was still out
there. The Giants couldn’t believe their eyes.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

<a href="http://stats.nypost.com/nfldraft/draft.asp" target="_blank">NFL DRAFT:
ROUNDS 1-3</a> </p>

So with the very last pick in the round, No. 63 overall, they eagerly scooped
up Randle to add yet another piece to Eli Manning’s offensive puzzle.</p>

“I really didn’t think there was a chance we were going to get him,’’ Ross
said. “He was one of those where at the end of the night you say, ‘OK, he’s
going to be one of the first few guys taken in the second round.’ It was very
surprising he was still there. You just keep holding your breath, holding your
breath, ‘Nah, somebody will take him.’ You start seeing those other receivers go
and alright, there’s a chance. He was there.’’</p>

And now he’s with the Giants. There was no secret the Giants wanted to add a
receiver after Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham left in free agency to the
49ers. That left the receiver stable a bit thin behind starters Hakeem Nicks and
Victor Cruz. The contenders for the No. 3 receiver spot were Ramses Barden,
Jerrel Jernigan and Domenik Hixon. Now Randle, whom Ross called “an NFL-ready
receiver,’’ gets added into the mix and perhaps he can contribute sooner rather
than later.</p>

“I’m pretty sure there are a lot of things I have to work on,’’ Randle said.
“I’m not sure I’m going to be quite as ready yet. I got to get adjusted to the
speed of the game. I’ll just go in there and work hard and hopefully I’ll get my

Randle, and the NFL, figured he would go in the first round, which is why he
was invited to Radio City Music Hall. He was the last player left in the green
room. He had to wait until the last pick of the second round to hear his name,
the ninth receiver selected.</p>

“I think it adds a little chip to my shoulder, but not much because I’m going
to come in and work no matter what the situation was,’’ Randle said. “But I have
a lot to prove since I did drop so far.’’</p>

Asked where the Giants had Randle ranked among the receivers, Ross said, “He
wasn’t ninth.’’</p>

So why did he drop? Randle’s production wasn’t anything special this past
season as he suffered from the struggles of the LSU quarterbacks. Randle caught
53 passes for 917 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games for the Tigers, who
lost the national title game to Alabama. </p>

“When the ball came to him, he was productive, but he just didn’t get a ton
of chances,’’ Ross said. </p>

In the third round, the Giants went with defense, taking cornerback Jayron
Hosley, Wilson’s teammate at Virginia Tech. Hosley, listed at 5-foot-10, led the
nation with nine interceptions in 2010 and is also a punt returner. </p>

Hosley’s stock may have dropped because he failed a drug test at the Combine
in Indianapolis. </p>

“We discussed that with him,” coach Tom Coughlin said."</p></div>RANDLE'S GREEN-ROOM NIGHTMARE A DREAM OUTCOME FOR GIANTS (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/randle_green_room_nightmare_dream_SNn642yIIzu3lOgu ISPooM)

"It was becoming increasingly lonely and stressful for Rueben Randle inside
the green room Friday night at Radio City Music Hall.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Across the Hudson River, inside the Giants’ “war room,’’ the vibe grew
increasingly antsy as the NFL Draft’s second round was winding down with
Randle’s name still not called.</p>

As each pick passed, the Giants, in need of a receiver, couldn’t believe
their eyes that Randle remained undrafted. As each team picked, the Giants brass
held its collective breath.</p>

Finally, when it was the Giants’ turn to make their pick at No. 63 overall,
they pounced on Randle, relieving their tension and ending his
</p>Randle, the talented LSU receiver who was projected by many draft experts to
be picked in the first round, was the last to be selected of the 26 college
players the NFL invited to New York for the draft.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Every year, there is a player who falls down the draft board like a rock in a
shallow pool. This year Randle, was that guy.</p>

“It was nerve-racking, but you have to stay calm,’’ Randle said after the
Giants picked him.</p>

Randle, the ninth receiver to be picked in the draft, conceded that not being
selected in the first round Thursday night was “kind of frustrating,’’ but he
said it will serve to further fuel him once he begins his NFL career.</p>

“I think it adds a little chip to my shoulder, but not much because I was
going to come in and work no matter what the situation was,’’ Randle said. “But
I have a lot to prove now since I did drop so far, and that’s what I’m willing
to do.’’</p>

The Giants liked Randle so much, Marc Ross, their director of college
scouting, said they discussed picking him with the 32nd overall pick Thursday
night. Ross said they had given Randle a first-round grade.</p>

“I really didn’t think there was a chance we were going to get him,” Ross
said. “He was one of those where, at the end of the night [Thursday], you said,
‘He’s going to be one of the first few guys taken at the top of the [second]
round.’ It’s very surprising that he was still there.’’</p>

Randle, at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, entered the draft after his junior season,
and did not have prolific numbers thanks in large part to subpar quarterback
play. In his three years at LSU, he played in 40 games (25 starts) and caught 97
passes for 1,634 yards (16.9-yard average) and 13 touchdowns.</p>

“The way LSU plays, they run the ball, they play defense,” Ross said. “So he
didn’t get a lot of chances. When the ball came to him, he was productive.’’</p>

Ross called Randle “an NFL-ready receiver.’’</p>

“What I mean by that is this guy is strong, he can catch the ball, he’s a
good route runner, he is position-savvy and he knows how to get open,’’ Ross
said. “He plays like an NFL receiver — big, strong, physical, catch the ball —
as opposed to a raw guy who needs a lot of development on routes and techniques
or drops a lot of balls. This guy pretty much has a skill set that fits in, will
transfer pretty quickly.”</p>

Giants general manager Jerry Reese said Randle “looks like a big pro receiver
out there.’’</p>

“We think he’s going to be a quick fit into the offense because he plays big,
he can post guys up,’’ Reese said. “People mentioned Hakeem Nicks in our room
[as a comparison]. He’s not blazing fast, but he’s game fast.’’</p>

For the Giants, the Randle selection was an example of what Super Bowl
champions can do in the draft: Shop in the luxury department.</p>

A month ago, the Giants opted not to keep free agent Mario Manningham because
they weren’t going to pay a No. 3 receiver starter money.</p>

Manningham was a postseason hero for the Giants last year, highlighted by his
five receptions for 73 yards against the Patriots in the Super Bowl, including
the improbable 38-yard fourth-quarter catch that set up the game-winning

Now the Giants, who have returning receivers Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden
and Domenik Hixon as complements to starters Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, hope
Randle proves to be the bargain they believe he is.</p>

If Randle truly is “NFL-ready’’ to fill Manningham’s shoes as the No. 3
receiver, that long wait in the green room will be a distant memory and the wait
will have been worth the stress."</p></div></div>
</div></div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
NFL DRAFT: GIANTS TAKE LSU WR REUBEN RANDLE IN SECOND ROUND (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/NFL_Draft_Giants_take_LSU_WR_Rueben_Randle_in_seco nd_round.html)

"The Giants could have saved Rueben Randle from all the embarrassment that came
with being the last prospect abandoned inside the green room at Radio City Music
Hall, hoping and praying for his name to finally be called.

In fact, 31 picks and nearly 25 hours earlier, they almost did.</p>

Randle was one of five players being considered by the Giants with the final
selection of the first round – Virginia Tech running back David Wilson and
Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin were also in the group – before Wilson
got the nod and his card was handed in.</p>

That’s when the wait for Randle began, continuing until the reigning Super
Bowl champions were put back on the clock for their second-round selection
Friday night.
This time, the Giants were thrilled to end Randle’s backstage
misery in Manhattan, making him the likely choice to fill the wide receiver hole
vacated by Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham’s departure to San Francisco.</p>

“I really didn’t think there was a chance we were going to get him,” said
Marc Ross, the Giants’ director of college scouting. “It was very surprising
that he was still there. You just keep holding your breath, holding your breath
– you think, ‘Man, somebody’s going to take him.’ Other receivers start to go,
now there’s a chance and he’s there.”</p>

The Giants had given the 6-foot-3, 210-pound LSU star a first-round grade,
according to Ross, who called him “an NFL-ready receiver” that bolsters a group
led by Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.</p>

“He was definitely the highest guy we had on the board,” Ross added. “By
So with their first two picks, despite being at the bottom of each
round, the Giants satisfied their need to replace Manningham and Brandon Jacobs,
who also bolted for San Francisco.</p><aside>
<div id="storybody">

They found their complement to Ahmad Bradshaw in the backfield with Wilson,
who impressed coach Tom Coughlin with his speed and big-play ability. The Giants
also picked up Virginia Tech cornerback/punt returner Jayron Hosley in the third
round, 94th overall.</p>

“He had nine picks in 2010 and quite frankly [quarterbacks] stayed away from
him this year,” Coughlin said of Hosley, who failed a drug test for marijuana at
the NFL Scouting Combine. “We feel like we can accomplish a lot with this kind
of athlete.”</p>

For Randle, the end game was worth the wait.</p>

“It was a little nerve-racking, but you know, you’ve got to stay calm,”
Randle said. “That is why you have your family here to keep you calm and relaxed
until your opportunity comes.”</p>

Ross speculated Randle’s falling stock had a lot to do with his lack of
production in an LSU offense that loves to run the football and struggled
mightily through the air with quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee.</p>

“The way LSU plays, they run the ball and those two quarterbacks, to be quite
honest, are not very good,” Ross said. “So he didn’t get a lot of chances. When
the ball came to him, he was productive. But he just didn’t get a ton of chances
to catch.
“But when it went his way, he made plays.”</p>

BRIEF: LB/DE Mathias Kiwanuka signed a three-year extension
with the Giants through 2015. According to various reports, the new deal for
Kiwanuka includes an $8.5 million signing bonus and a total of $10.95 million
guaranteed money.</p>

Several teammates sent their congratulations to Kiwanuka, including defensive
end Osi Umenyiora, who has stated he is hopeful of being traded by the Giants
and is again seeking an extension of his own. In an email to The Record,
Umenyiora wrote:</p>

“Not sure what it means for me, but I’m very happy for Kiwi. I thought it was
a good smart decision by the Giants.”

<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>


<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
REUBEN RANDLE, JAYRON HOSLEY REPRESENT INCREDIBLE VALUE FOR NY GIANTS (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/28/rueben-randle-jayron-hosley-represent-incredible-value-for-new-york-giants/)

"The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants continued to bolster the support group around their "big three" of Eli
Manning, Hakeem Nicks, and Victor Cruz on offense on day two of the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with 2012 NFL Draft" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/2012-nfl-draft/" rel="tag nofollow">2012 NFL
draft</a>, as they added LSU wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">Rueben
Randle</a> in the second round. The Giants made it clear how much they liked
Randle by revealing that they were considering making him the selection with the
#32 overall pick in the draft.

Randle was ranked sixth amongst this year's wide receiver draft class in my
yearly draft positional rankings (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/18/2012-nfl-draft-positional-rankings-wide-receivers/) which released earlier in
April, and was the 47th ranked player overall based on this year's grading and
evaluations of the prospects (you can see the top 50 big board here (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/21/kiswanis-2012-nfl-draft-big-board-top-50/)). Another strong value pick for Giants
GM Jerry Reese, who Giants fans should certainly have come to expect this

In the third round, the Giants selected cornerback <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jayron Hosley" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jayron-hosley/" rel="tag nofollow">Jayron
Hosley</a> out of Virginia Tech, making him their second Virginia Tech player
chosen in this draft. Hosleyjoins a defensive backfield the Giants have
continued to worked to bolster since last season. Hosley is also expected to be
a primary special teams contributor for New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) this season.</p>

<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">RUEBEN
<ul> Never missed a game in his LSU career. 1st Team All-SEC in 2011. Caught 53 passes for 917 yards and eight touchdowns in his final season with
the Tigers.[/list]


<ul> Excellent height with long arms. Big target radius. Outstanding combination of hands, leaping ability, and ability to control
his body in the air. Will be a threat in the red zone and can catch the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) in
traffic. Good acceleration and plays faster than he times. Very physical and competitive after the catch and will break tackles for
extra yardage. Alert, plays with good football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) IQ, and is a very good route runner. Will block downfield in the running game. Plays tough and physical and is still very durable. Competitive and is known for his work ethic.[/list]

<ul> Not overly explosive or sudden, and won't scare defenses vertically. Doesn't always use his hands well at the line of scrimmage. Bigger, stronger
NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) press
corners may give him some issues. Not very quick in and out of his breaks and won't create a ton of separation
for the quarterback. Doesn't profile as the type of receiver capable of dominating in one on one
situations. More of a complementary, possession type wideout.[/list]

NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)

You heard Giants general manager Jerry Reese compare him to Hakeem Nicks last
night, which certainly makes sense – although Nicks shows a lot more
explosiveness and burst as well as a little bit more speed to pull away from
defensive backs in the open field. I'd liken him to a taller Anquan Boldin – the
toughness, the ability to run over and through tacklers, and the ability to
battle for the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
with his body are all common traits between the two.</p>


Randle is quite a polished route runner and plays with very good football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
IQ. I expect him to come in and immediately push Domenik Hixon and Jerel
Jernigan for the third receiver role alongside Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. If
he stays healthy in camp, my money is on Randle being one of the starting
flankers in week one with Victor Cruz being the clear cut number two receiver
but spending most of his time in the slot in three wide sets. Randle will be
another big, physical weapon for Manning in the red zone. He should get plenty
of opportunities to do damage playing alongside two of the best receivers in all
of football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) in
Nicks and Cruz.</p>

<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jayron Hosley" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jayron-hosley/" rel="tag nofollow">JAYRON
<ul> Two-year starter for Virginia Tech. 12 interceptions in the past two seasons, with nine of them coming in
2010. 2011 Second Team All-ACC.[/list]


<ul> Instinctive with good hands and can make the big play. Reacts quickly and can close on the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/). Smooth athlete with loose hips, can stay step for step with shifty, crafty
receivers. Feisty, confident, and competitive. Brings quality experience as a special teams player and return

<ul> Quite undersized and will need to bulk up this summer going into his first
NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)
season. Not a very solid tackler – doesn't wrap up on a consistent basis. Struggles with big, physical wide receivers. Coming off a hamstring injury and concussion, and failed a drug test prior
to the draft.[/list]

NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)

Tough one here, but a name I'd throw out is Jabari Greer – although Greer is
a substantially more consistent tackler. Josh Wilson of Washington is also of a
similar mold – small, quick and fast and are best covering the slot. Former
Giant Kevin Dockery also shares some common traits in his man on man cover


Head coach Tom Coughlin sounds very excited about the prospect of using
Hosley in different roles on special teams – whether it be punt return, kick
return, or on the coverage teams. Expect to see plenty of him there. As for the
cornerback position – the depth chart is stacked with youth, and while I don't
expect Hosley to challenge Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara for the second
and third cornerback roles alongside Corey Webster, Hosley will push Bruce
Johnson, Michael Coe, Brian Witherspoon, and Antwaun Molden for a spot in that
back end of the defensive back rotation. I give Hosleya decent shot at the #4
slot, but that's no lock with all the competition at the position."
</p><a href="http://www.giants101.com/">http://www.giants101.com/
<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

2012 NFL DRAFT ROUND 4: GIANTS SELECT BRANDON MOSLEY, OT, AUBURN (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/28/2984082/2012-nfl-draft-round-4-giants-select-brandon-mosley-ot-auburn)

"Now that's what I'm talking about! The Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) addressed
two glaring needs in the fourth round, choosing TE Adrien Robinson from
Cincinnati at No. 127 overall, and now they have chosen OT Brandon Mosley from
Auburn with the 131st overall pick, also in the fourth round. Mosley <a href="http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/04/brandon_mosleys_move_to_offens.html">only
played on the offensive line </a>for just two seasons, moving from tight
end, where he played in junior college before coming to Auburn. And at 6'6", 314
pounds, OT was an easier move for Mosley, at least size-wise. <div class="entry-body">

Here is what <a href="http://cache.profootballweekly.com/prospects/player/brandon-mosley-75/">Pro
Football Weekly </a>had to say about Mosley in its draft profile:</p>

Athletic, inconsistent, blue-collar converted tight end who did not take
his game to the next level as a senior, but has upside worth investing in. At
worst, should develop into a versatile, swing backup, but has starter potential
as a right tackle if he's able to make strength gains. </p>

And then here is more from <a href="http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=110713&amp;draftyear=2012&amp;genpos=OT">NFL
Draft Scout.</a> Is Mosley going to develop into the big left tackle we need
here to protect Eli Manning's (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning)
blind side for years? Time will tell. </p>

What do you guys think?"</p>NFL DRAFT 2012 ROUND 4: GIANTS SELECT ADRIEN ROBINSON,, TE, CINCINNATI (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/28/2984043/2012-nfl-draft-round-4-giants-select-adrien-robinson-te-cincinnati)

"Well, it took four rounds and 127 picks, but the Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) finally took
the tight end we all expected them to--Adrien Robinson from Cincinnati. This is
a player that visited quite a few teams recently, and his stock kept rising.
Here is what Scout.com (http://profootball.scout.com/a.z?s=127&amp;p=9&amp;c=2&amp;cid=1181245&amp;nid=6206575&amp;fhn=1)
has to say about Robinson:<div class="entry-body">

Robinson, 23, is extremely athletic at nearly 6-foot-5 and 264 pounds,
running the 40-yard dash in 4.51 and 4.58 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout.
He registered a 39 1/2 inch vertical leap, an 11-3 broad jump, an 11.59 in the
60-yard shuttle and a 7.11 three-cone drill.</p>

Here is a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZp4K4wTlag">clip of
Robinson </a>catching a 72-yard pass against Miami of Ohio this past season.
You have to love how he went up for the ball, fought for it, and then fought for
yardage. He should fit in just fine on Tom Coughlin's tough-minded offense. </p>

Now, can we please go get an offensive lineman? Our next pick is very soon,
so we will find out momentarily what that pick will be....."</p></div>


2012 NFL DRAFT: BEST AVAILABLE PLAYERS, DAY 3 (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/28/2983388/2012-nfl-draft-best-available-players-day-3-new-york-giants-bobby-massie)

"The final four rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft will be held this afternoon. The
New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
have four picks remaining. Those picks are as follows: <div class="entry-body">

Round 4 (127th overall); Round 4 (131st overall, compensatory); Round 6
(201st overall); Round 7 (239th overall). The Giants traded their fifth-round
selection to the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals">Cincinnati
Bengals</a> for linebacker <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34370/keith-rivers">Keith

Here are a couple of links to lists of 'best players available' as Day 3 of
the marathon NFL Draft wraps up:</p>

- Mocking The Draft (http://www.mockingthedraft.com/2012/4/27/2982678/2012-nfl-draft-best-available-after-round-3)
- Sports Illustrated (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/tracker/best_available/index.html)
- <a href="http://draftcountdown.com/Results/Best-Day-3.php" target="_blank">Draft
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

Looking at all three lists, here are some of the players who stick out to me.
<ul> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi State -- This is
a guy who some analysts had pegged as a first-round consideration for the
Giants. Stunning to see him available as Day 3 begins.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington -- A 6-foot-3,
330-pound run stopper who might really be a nose tackle.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">A trio of tight ends -- Orson Charles of
Georgia, Ladarius Green of Louisiana-Lafayette and Evan Rodriguez of
Temple.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest -- This guy
would be really high on my list for the Giants if they had not taken Rueben
Randle in the second round. The Giants did show interest in Givens during the
pre-draft process.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">George Iloka, S, Boise State -- Deon Grant (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2433/deon-grant) is
gone, and Iloka is a 6-foot-3, 216-pound player who could intrigue the Giants as
that third "box" safety they like to employ.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Defensive ends Jared Crick (Nebraska) and Cam
Johnson (Virginia) -- Jerry Reese can't go an entire draft without snatching up
one defensive end, can he?</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Ben Jones, C, Georgia -- A true backup for <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2069/david-baas">David
Baas</a>.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Linebackers James-Michael Johnson (Nevada),
Nigel Bradham (Florida State).</span>[/list]

I am sure there are plenty of other intriguing players. Anyone you are
particularly hoping the Giants select on Day 3?"</p>
</div>JAYRON HOSLEY: REESE SAYS CORNERBACK HAS "ATHLETIC ARROGANCE" (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/28/2983355/jayron-hosley-2012-nfl-draft-new-york-giants-virginia-tech-tom-coughlin-jerry-reese)

"There are two things about Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley that
probably gave NFL teams pause heading into the 2012 NFL Draft. The first is that
he is only 5-foot-10, 170 pounds. The second is that he failed a drug test at
the NFL Scouting Combine.

Neither of those things, however, stopped the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
from taking Hosley in the third round on Friday night, 94th overall.</p>

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the organization is willing to take chances (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/28/2983289/tom-coughlin-press-conference-04-27-12-new-york-giants-2012-nfl-draft) on players like
Hosley "provided we have enough information about the player to believe that we
can work with him and he's willing to overcome whatever issues he's had."</p>

"He knows that's a bad decision that he made and we expect better from him,"
general manager Jerry Reese said (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/4/28/2983299/jerry-reese-press-conference-04-27-12-new-york-giants-2012-nfl-draft-rueben-randle-jayron-hosley). "We feel

04-28-2012, 12:36 PM
im real excited about the randle pick. JR and ROss saying he's nfl ready and he will be a quick fit makes me even more stoked.

Love how they are saying he's similar to nicks...if he's half thw wr nicks is, we'll be very very dangerous thru the air

04-28-2012, 01:00 PM
Sounds like we've done our homework. For Hosley to have been selected after failing a drug test tells you just how talented they think he is.

G-Men Surg.
04-28-2012, 01:21 PM
Thanks RF !

04-28-2012, 01:45 PM
Once again, thanks RF, I dont how u mange to get all this info but its greatly appreciated. Your articles cover every tadbit of Giants info. My hat off to you sir.

04-28-2012, 01:47 PM
Thanks RF !


04-28-2012, 01:47 PM
Once again, thanks RF, I dont how u mange to get all this info but its greatly appreciated. Your articles cover every tadbit of Giants info. My hat off to you sir.

The more information we have available to us the better [B]