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    "The Giants signed 10 undrafted free
    agents immediately following the conclusion of the draft and one of them is 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."


    "The NFL Draft came and went.
    And Osi Umenyiora remains a Giant.

    “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.”

    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.

    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.

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

    * * *

    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 came
    in for pre-draft visits



    "The Giants got their tight end two
    days later than many had projected.

    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.

    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 brought
    him in for a pre-draft visit

    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    More coming."


    "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.

    But the Giants may have found their solution elsewhere.

    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.

    "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."

    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.

    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.

    “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.

    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.

    "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."

    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.

    "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."

    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.

    "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."


    "The way Giants director of college
    scouting Marc Ross was talking about Rueben Randle's physicality and body
    positioning minutes after the team drafted
    the LSU wide receiver in the second round
    , it sounded exactly like what the
    Giants were saying about Hakeem Nicks when they drafted him in 2009.

    Sure enough, later on Friday night, Jerry Reese made the connection between
    the two.

    “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.”

    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.

    “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.”

    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.

    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.”

    * * * *

    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 my
    entry about taking a receiver in the second round
    because I didn't think
    there was any shot he'd be there.)

    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.

    So why not trade up to grab him? Why wait for him to fall to them?

    “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.

    “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.”

    Reese said pretty much the same thing.

    “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.”

    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.

    * * * *

    Some loose ends from Coughlin:

    --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.”

    --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.

    --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.”

    --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.”

    * * * *

    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."


    "If Osi
    Umenyiora was unhappy with his situation
    the other day, he can't possibly be
    pleased with the news the 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, who noted
    the extension first

    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.

    In an email, Umenyiora only addressed his pleasure his teammate and friend,
    not his situation.

    "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."

    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."

    had signed a two-year deal last summer
    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.

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

    (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.

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

    * * * *

    One other contract note: DT Shaun Rogers deal is for the veteran minimum, as
    expected: one year, $925,000.


    "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.

    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.

    "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.

    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.

    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.

    "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."

    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.

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

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

    "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.

    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.

    "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.

    [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."



    "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.

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

    "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.”

    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.

    "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.

    "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."


    "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."

    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.

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

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

    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.

    “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.”


    "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.

    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.).

    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


    "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.

    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.

    "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."



    "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

    “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

    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.

    ROUNDS 1-3

    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.

    “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.’’

    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.

    “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.

    “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.’’

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    “We discussed that with him,” coach Tom Coughlin said."


    "It was becoming increasingly lonely and stressful for Rueben Randle inside
    the green room Friday night at Radio City Music Hall.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    “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.’’

    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.

    “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.’’

    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.

    “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.’’

    Ross called Randle “an NFL-ready receiver.’’

    “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.”

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

    “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.’’

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

    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.

    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.

    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."



    "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.

    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.

    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.

    “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.”

    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.

    “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.




    "The 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 2012 NFL
    , as they added LSU wide receiver Rueben
    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 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). 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 Jayron
    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 this season.


      [*]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]



        [*]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 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 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]


          [*]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 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]


          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
          with his body are all common traits between the two.


          Randle is quite a polished route runner and plays with very good 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 in
          Nicks and Cruz.

          CAREER NOTES

            [*]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]



              [*]Instinctive with good hands and can make the big play.[*]Reacts quickly and can close on the 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


                [*]Quite undersized and will need to bulk up this summer going into his first
                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]


                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."


                BIG BLUE VIEW


                "Now that's what I'm talking about! The 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 only
                played on the offensive line
                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.

                Here is what Pro
                Football Weekly
                had to say about Mosley in its draft profile:

                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.

                And then here is more from NFL
                Draft Scout.
                Is Mosley going to develop into the big left tackle we need
                here to protect Eli Manning's
                blind side for years? Time will tell.

                What do you guys think?"


                "Well, it took four rounds and 127 picks, but the 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
                has to say about Robinson:

                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.

                Here is a clip of
                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.

                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....."



                "The final four rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft will be held this afternoon. The
                New York Giants
                have four picks remaining. Those picks are as follows:

                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 Cincinnati
                for linebacker Keith

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

                - Mocking The Draft
                - Sports Illustrated
                - Draft

                Looking at all three lists, here are some of the players who stick out to me.

                  [*]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.
                  [*]Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington -- A 6-foot-3,
                  330-pound run stopper who might really be a nose tackle.
                  [*]A trio of tight ends -- Orson Charles of
                  Georgia, Ladarius Green of Louisiana-Lafayette and Evan Rodriguez of
                  [*]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.
                  [*]George Iloka, S, Boise State -- 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.
                  [*]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?
                  [*]Ben Jones, C, Georgia -- A true backup for David
                  [*]Linebackers James-Michael Johnson (Nevada),
                  Nigel Bradham (Florida State).

                  I am sure there are plenty of other intriguing players. Anyone you are
                  particularly hoping the Giants select on Day 3?"


                "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
                from taking Hosley in the third round on Friday night, 94th overall.

                Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the organization is willing to take chances 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."

                "He knows that's a bad decision that he made and we expect better from him,"
                general manager Jerry Reese said. "We feel
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2

    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


    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012 - 12:28 P.M.

      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.
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012 - 12:28 P.M.

        Thanks RF !
        " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.


        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012 - 12:28 P.M.

          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.


          • #6
            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012 - 12:28 P.M.

            [quote user="G-Men Surg."]Thanks RF ![/quote]

            “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


            • #7
              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012 - 12:28 P.M.

              [quote user="midnite_nj"]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]
              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1