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    "The stories, random and unusual, are abundant. They range from climbing
    flagpoles to back flips — a multitude of ways in which David Wilson, the Giants’ latest first-round pick, exerts a
    seemingly endless amount of energy.

    Jayron Hosley, Wilson’s roommate their freshman year at Virginia Tech and a
    Giants draft pick
    , remembered one particularly memorable Wilson endeavor.

    He watched as his roommate spotted a rabbit and, as predictably unpredictable
    as he is, chase it down.

    “With his speed, I had no doubt that he could catch it,” Hosley said. “But
    he’s one of those guys, you just never know what you’re going to get.

    “He just touched it. He just wanted to see if he could touch it.”

    Wilson claims those exploits were mostly limited to his freshman year, but
    the energy is always going.

    “I never flip the switch,” Wilson said. “I just direct my energy toward
    certain things. It’s about directing my energy.”

    Wilson’s first energy outlet was football, which he began to play at age

    When he arrived at George Washington High School in Danville, Va., Dan
    Newell, then the head football coach, didn’t see much of a football player.
    Wilson was fast, one the fastest on the team as a freshman, but too small, at
    155 pounds.

    That changed when Wilson took to the weight room and, in combination with his
    training on the track team, had his body develop.

    He had a standout junior season when he rushed for 1,500 yards, splitting
    carries, and the scholarship offers began to roll in, the first from Maryland on
    Christmas Eve.

    “David was surprised,” said Newell, now the offensive coordinator at nearby
    Averett University. “He thought it was the biggest thing. He never thought he
    was going to be a big-time recruit. I told him it was just the beginning.”


    By his senior season, he weighed 195 pounds and rushed for a school-record
    2,291 yards and 35 touchdowns as the feature back.

    “He made freakish plays,” Newell said. “Some of the moves reminded me of ‘The

    Three years later, Wilson was doing the same at the collegiate level as a
    junior at Virginia Tech. There was the run against Clemson in which he took a
    handoff and was chased 25 yards behind the line of scrimmage before running 44
    yards for a 19-yard gain.

    Then there was the run against Boston College, which left Virginia Tech
    running backs coach Shane Beamer in awe. It was just a 10-yard carry, but after
    7 yards Wilson had four defenders draped over him. Then, “it looked like a bomb
    went off,” Beamer said, and Wilson left the four on the ground to add 3 more

    But as in high school, Wilson had to bide his time in Blacksburg.

    When he arrived the plan was to redshirt his freshman season because of the
    considerable depth at running back. But when Darren Evans — now on the Colts —
    blew out his knee, he was needed as the backup to Ryan Williams, now on the
    Cardinals. As a sophomore, he was Evans’ backup.

    He made an impact in the return game, but his time out of the backfield was

    “There were times when he first went to Virginia Tech and he didn’t play a
    lot that he felt a little discouraged, but he would still work hard and finally
    he got his chance,” said his mother Sheila, a kindergarten teacher.

    With that chance in 2011, the 5-10, 205-pounder set the Hokies’ all-time
    single-season rushing record (1,709), led the nation in yards after contact and
    scored nine touchdowns. He was named the ACC Overall and Offensive Player of the
    Year and a second-team All-American.

    “Nothing David accomplished this fall surprised me,” Beamer said. “We knew
    the kind of potential he had, the kind of player he was. It was just a matter of
    getting the carries.”


    Wilson had plenty of surplus stamina to tackle track in his spare time.

    At high school track meets, coach Jackie Harris entered Wilson in as many as
    seven events to not only win, but also to counter his energy and acrobatics,
    which he shows off in a 21-back-flip routine now on YouTube.

    “I did it because he was so hyper,” Harris said. “He’d climb up poles, up
    buildings. It was unreal.”

    His best event was the triple jump and at the NIKE Indoor Nationals his
    junior year, he set a personal record — jumping over 50 feet for the first time
    — to win. He returned the next year and won again, setting a meet record of 51
    feet, 5¾ inches.

    At Virginia Tech he became an All-American triple-jumper. He also was the
    first leg of the Hokies’ 4x100-meter relay team.

    “The Olympics would be possible if he didn’t have football,” Virginia Tech
    track and field coach Charles Foster said about the triple jump. “If he lost the
    extra weight he needs for football, kept his strength and worked on his
    refinements, he would be a monster.”

    In the classroom, he made the ACC Academic Honor Roll twice and attended
    every class in a dress shirt and tie, a routine he began his senior year of high

    “I just feel like people looked at me differently when I dressed up,” he
    said. “I even wore a shirt and tie to the Combine.”


    After declaring for the draft as a junior, Wilson only met with the Giants
    once, during the NFL Scouting Combine in February, and didn’t he think he was on
    their radar. His agent had been in contact with the team, however, and told
    Wilson that he could slip into the first round.

    The uncertainty was why Wilson didn’t want a draft-day party. He decided to
    watch the draft only with his immediate family — his parents, brother and sister
    — at home. With 11 aunts and uncles and 37 cousins on his father’s side alone,
    he wanted to keep the occasion low-key; it could easily have turned into a
    two-night event, the first ending in disappointment.

    He wasn’t a surefire first-round pick because concerns lingered, the most
    pressing being ball security. Wilson fumbled seven times in 2011. Beamer, the
    running backs coach, said it was a matter of Wilson being too relentless and
    refusing to go down when he should.

    “I think it’s going to be an easy problem to fix,” Wilson said. “I just had
    some bad luck in college.”

    He now joins a backfield led by Ahmad Bradshaw and sees an opportunity to
    contribute with Brandon Jacobs’ departure, in addition to the return game.

    “The team is kind of like what I come from and how I play the game,” he said.
    “I think it’s a good fit.”

    His father, Dwight, believes it is, too. Dwight isn’t a fan of a particular
    team, but two fan bases irk him: those of the Cowboys and Redskins.

    “It’s not the teams; it’s the fans that I don’t like,” Dwight said. “I wasn’t
    a big football fan and they used to beat me up every Monday for those two teams
    because I never really watched.”

    His son will have plenty in the tank to counter on the field four times a
    season — he’ll just look to be quicker than the rabbit."


    "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 war between Osi Umenyiora and Jerry
    is heating up again.

    One day after the Giants’ GM insisted the team
    has offered Umenyiora a contract extension in each of the last two seasons, the
    unhappy defensive end fired back, saying Reese was distorting the truth to make
    him look like “a greedy pig.” In an email to the Daily News on Sunday, Umenyiora
    said the Giants’ offer last summer wasn’t actually an extension, and their offer
    this year wasn’t much of an offer at all. Umenyiora didn’t go as far as he did
    last spring, when he accused Reese of being a liar in a court affidavit, but his
    anger was still clear.
    “Last year I was offered incentives. This year they
    offered me in guaranteed money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed.
    HALF,” Umenyiora wrote. “I’m not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they
    offered me an extension and I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for
    turning it down. Hilarious.”
    Mathias Kiwanuka
    recently got a three-year contract extension worth a total of $21.75 million
    that included an $8.5 million signing bonus and $10.95 million in guaranteed
    money. If Umenyiora really was offered “half” of that guaranteed money, it means
    the Giants were only willing to guarantee about $5.5 million for him.
    they knew that wouldn’t get it done. Umenyiora, who is scheduled to make $3.975
    million this year in the final year of a seven-year, $41.5 million extension he
    signed in 2005, is seeking a deal worth an average of $10 million per year and
    $15 million-$17 million in guaranteed money. For proof, in an interview on WFAN
    last week, he pointed to recent contracts signed by Eagles defensive end Trent Cole
    (four years, $48 million, $15 million guaranteed) and Colts defensive end Robert
    (four years, $36 million, $17 million guaranteed) as comparable
    Last summer, after Umenyiora staged a one-day training camp holdout to
    protest his contract, the 30-year-old did turn down the offer of incentives tied
    to his sack numbers. He apparently got an offer of an actual extension recently,
    following the 12 ½ sacks in 13 games he had in the 2011 season.
    But the offer
    clearly wasn’t good enough to rebuild the bridge between Umenyiora and the team
    that was nearly torched last spring when, in a deposition as part of the NFL
    players’ antitrust suit against the league during the lockout, the defensive end
    accused Reese of lying to him. He claimed Reese reneged on a 2008 promise to
    “either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the
    top five defensive ends playing or (trade him) to a team that would do
    According to a source close to the eight-year veteran, Umenyiora’s
    anger bubbled over again on Sunday when he heard Reese say, “Osi has been
    offered an extension two years in a row now.” Reese also said, “All options are
    open” with Umenyiora, including a trade.
    Whether Umenyiora now wants or will
    demand a trade is not clear, because he has decided to stop talking about this
    dispute in public. In his email to The News, he said “I will be going completely
    silent after I send you this because it’s obvious talking does nothing!” As for
    his specific plans, Umenyiora would only say “things will be very interesting,
    that’s for sure.”



    memory of Eli Manning dressed as
    a 1970s cop, wearing a fake moustache and leaning against a police car, still
    makes Peyton Manning
    laugh. He can’t believe the world still sees his little brother as shy, reserved
    and lacking in personality.

    Peyton says the world should’ve seen Eli back

    “He was really into the character,” Peyton says, reminiscing about
    the brothers’ famous Football Cops commercial for DirecTV last summer. “I never
    knew he always wanted to be a cop.”

    “I didn’t,” adds Eli, sitting next to
    his brother. “I just wanted to have a moustache. A moustache does not grow well
    with me.”

    Maybe Eli can convince the producers of “Saturday Night Live”
    to let him wear some more fake facial hair when he reports for work on Monday
    for what he calls his next “challenge.”

    Following in the footsteps of his
    more gregarious brother, Eli will be rehearsing at Studio 8H in Manhattan all
    this week preparing for his turn as host of NBC’s long-running comedy sketch
    show on Saturday night.

    At first glance, Eli doesn’t appear to be the
    natural fit for that role like Peyton was when he hosted “SNL” in 2007. But
    during an interview with the Daily News last week while taking a break from
    filming another series of DirecTV commercials at the Steiner Studios in
    Brooklyn, Peyton insisted Eli isn’t an unnatural fit at all. In fact, he
    believes Eli will be a surprising success on the show because he has one key

    An ability and willingness to make fun of himself on national

    “The main thing I tried to do there, I told them I don’t take myself
    very seriously and I’m not afraid to make fun of myself,” Peyton says. “I think
    that’s kind of important on that show. You have to just kind of let them have at
    it with you.”

    Eli seems willing to do that. Despite his controlled and
    sometimes boring public persona, his teammates have always said he’s a funny man
    behind the scenes. Even Hall of Famer Deion Sanders says he
    saw signs of Eli’s comedic genius during the four days they worked on their
    commercial together last week.

    “He really is hilarious, man,” Sanders
    says. “I can see what they’re saying now. His timing is impeccable. He’s
    hilarious. He’s a professional. He threw some one-liners out there that are
    really going to take this commercial to another level.”

    Eli points out
    that he’s no stranger to comedy, thanks to a long list of commercials during his
    eight-year NFL career. The two-time Super Bowl MVP says he feels more
    comfortable in front of a camera than ever before. He’s also learned things from
    watching his brother, such as the importance of reading a script before shooting
    starts and knowing when it’s OK to make up your own lines.

    Eli says he
    hasn’t seen the “SNL” script yet, but he’s gotten plenty of ideas for skits from
    friends and teammates. Victor Cruz, for
    example, would love to see Eli do a salsa. His old friends keep calling with
    suggestions, too.

    “My college buddies keep saying ‘This is something
    that’s funny that happened to us. You should bring that in,’” Eli says. “Some of
    them might be good suggestions. A lot are not.”

    Peyton, who won’t be in
    attendance on Saturday night because of a previous commitment, says he hasn’t
    given Eli any ideas yet and really hasn’t spent much time helping Eli prepare
    for the show at all. Most of their discussions, Peyton says, have been about how
    “it’s easier to get tickets for a Super Bowl than it is for this.” An”SNL” host
    only gets 10 to distribute to family and friends.

    “I don’t think we’ve
    had any film study, if that’s what you’re asking,” Peyton adds. “When I was
    there I just kind of said ‘Just tell me where to line up.’ It’s the same
    strategy (for Eli). You want to kind of get to know what they’re trying to do,
    and be yourself as much as you can be.

    “I will say it is very much like a
    football week. You get there on a Monday and, not to use too many analogies, but
    you put in the game plan, the plays you’re going to run, then you do double

    It was the same, sometimes tedious process during their
    commercial shoot last week, but it all paid off when they shot their final
    commercial together in just three takes. “It would’ve been even quicker if you
    could memorize your lines,” Eli tells Peyton.

    In the commercial,
    scheduled to air this summer, Peyton is wearing his brand new Denver Broncos
    uniform, while Eli is dressed in Giants blue. Both are clean shaven, much to
    Eli’s dismay.

    “Anytime I can put a mustache on, I’m all for it,” he

    “He means that,” Peyton adds.

    Maybe he’ll get one to wear on
    Saturday night."


    "UPDATED: With "full" UDFA list.

    The NFL draft came and went and Osi Umenyiora is still with the

    At least for now.

    Though the Giants did not trade their
    unhappy defensive end during the three-day draft, Giants GM Jerry Reese would
    not say whether or not they tried. He also indicated a trade could still happen
    because, he said “All options are open with respect to that.”

    “Our first
    choice with respect to Osi is that he play for the Giants and retire a Giant,”
    Reese said. “That’s what we’d like to happen. Osi has been offered an extension
    two years in a row now. We’d still like to make it work. Hopefully it’ll work
    out. But all of our options are always open.”

    A source close to
    Umenyiora disputed the notion that the Giants have made any real offers to
    extend his contract the last two years. The source added that during this
    offseason the two sides have had nothing but very preliminary discussions about
    a new deal.

    Umenyiora is due to make a salary of $3.975 million in 2012,
    which is the last year of the seven-year, $41 million contract extension he
    signed in 2005.

    Let the UDFA parade begin

    As soon as the draft
    is over, NFL teams start working the phones to sign players they like that
    weren’t drafted by any other teams. For the Giants, that frenzy lasted about 20
    minutes until Marc Ross, the Giants’ director of college scouting, entered the
    press room and declared “Yeah, we’re done.”

    Unfortunately for me (and
    you), the Giants won’t release the names yet. So I’m forced to find them for
    myself. And thanks to a combination of reports, Tweets from signed players,
    former college coaches and family members, we already have what is believed to
    be the full list:.

    McNeese St S Janzen Jackson

    Rutgers FB Joe

    Louisiana Tech DE Matt Broha

    Arizona WR David

    UMass WR Julian Talley

    Miami DE Adewale Ojomo

    Miami S Jojo Nicolas

    Mary Hardin-Baylor WR Damian Davis

    Nebraska-Kearney OL Stephen Goodin

    Memphis G D'Angelo McCray

    Keep in mind none of these "sigings" are
    official yet, because physicals need to be taken and papers need to be signed.
    Also, very often in the UDFA market a player says he "signed" and then it turns
    out he was really just invited to a team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. In
    other words, don't be surprised if this list changes."


    "The Giants selected four players in Day 3 of the NFL draft -- two in the
    fourth round, none in the fifth and one each in the sixth and the seventh.
    Here's a quick look at their selections.


    Pick: 4th
    round (127th overall)


    Position: Tight

    Ht: 6-4, WT:

    What you should know: He d***led scouts with his
    workouts after an unproductive career at Cincinnati. He had just 12 catches for
    183 yards last season, though, and caught only 29 passes in his career. He
    wasn’t even invited to the NFL combine.

    What they’re
    “We think this guy’s kind of JPP of tight ends. … We think he
    can really come on and develop and be a terrific football player for us. … He’s
    a really good athlete. He’s got those freakish athletic numbers and he hasn’t
    scratched the surface yet.” – Giants GM Jerry Reese.

    “He did an
    outstanding job in his workouts. Doesn’t have much to show for his collegiate
    career. Not many catches. Wasn’t used that much as a receiver. We think he can
    develop.” – Giants coach Tom Coughlin.


    Pick: 4th round (131st


    Position: Offensive

    Ht: 6-5, WT:

    What you should know: An athletic tackle who was
    something of a late bloomer. He played defensive end and tight end in junior
    college, before bulking up and converting to line at Auburn. Started all last
    season at right tackle. Giants think he can play guard,

    What they’re saying: “Big, tough, smart. Just like
    we like in our offensive linemen. He reminds us some of David Diehl. This guy
    has a good concept. He understands and knows how to play.” –Reese

    has very good gym numbers. We think he has good flexibility. He may be a guy
    that can handle learning both guard and tackle right away. … If he gets a chance
    to put you on your back, he’ll do that.” -- Coughlin


    Pick: 6th round (201st


    Position: Offensive

    Ht: 6-5, WT:

    What you should know: A project tackle who was a
    tuba player in high school before he joined the football team as a senior. He
    started 42 games at left tackle for UAB in his career.

    they’re saying:
    “Really a pleasant surprise when you watch him. You
    have to look at him. If you do your home work and go and look at this guy, he’s
    intriguing. Long, 36-inch arms. He’s 315 now. I think he’ll be 325 pounds in a
    blink. Very interesting prospect for us. In a year or so he could really make
    some headway and start (battling) for a spot in our starting lineup.”

    “Big, tall kid. He has great big long arms, almost 36-inch arms.
    He has played on the left side. I kidded around with him about being
    Secretariat. That he is not. But he has the height. He’s going to get bigger and
    bigger. He’s going to give us some flexibility.” --


    Pick: 7th round (239th

    College: North Carolina

    Position: Defensive

    Ht: 6-4, WT:

    What you should know: A native of Germany, he’s
    just the third European-trained player ever to be drafted by the

    What they’re saying: “He doesn’t have much of a
    background in football, but he’s a gym rat. Big, strong tough. Great to put in
    your D-line rotation. Obviously he’s still learning. He’s fun to watch. He’s the
    Mitch Petrus of defensive tackles. He’s like a buzz saw.” -- Reese

    had (him) actually evaluated at a little higher level. You talk about gym
    numbers, now, he’s got them all the way across the board. He is a physical
    player. He’s a penetrator. I think he’s still learning the game and a lot of it
    is in front of him.” -- Coughlin."


    "Jerry Reese meant it as a compliment and that’s the way Jayron Hosley took
    it, even though the thought might make people cringe. Hosley, a cornerback from
    Virginia Tech drafted in the third-round by the Giants, reminded Reese of a very
    famous NFL cornerback.

    He said Hosley is similar to Pacman

    Reese meant they were comparable on the field, of course, even
    though Hosley reportedly failed a drug test at the NFL scouting combine in
    February. That “mistake,” as he called it, caused him to fall farther than he
    hoped in the NFL draft.

    Still, despite the bad image Pacman Jones
    creates, Hosley said “I think that’s a good comparison.” Like Jones, he’s a
    small corner with large chip on his shoulder. Reese said Hosley has “athletic

    Said Hosley: “I think he said that good.”

    definitely have to go out there with confidence,” he said on Saturday, one day
    after the Giants took him 94th overall. “I’m not a bigger guy so guys might see
    me as a little vulnerable or the little guy. So I definitely I have to go out
    there with a little aggression.

    “(It’s) kind of the ‘little man
    syndrome’ in that sense. (I’m) definitely aggressive, man.”

    The word Tom
    Coughlin preferred was “feisty” when he described the 5-10, 178-pound corner who
    had nine interceptions for the Hokies in 2010. He had only three as a junior in
    2011, though Coughlin said that was because opposing teams rarely threw in his

    Hosley agreed with that assessment. In fact, he said that
    contributed to his decision to leave Virginia Tech early.

    “Truthfully I
    felt like the college game was getting a little too easy for me,” he said. “I
    wanted a challenge and it was more of a challenge in the NFL.”

    also had injury issues in college, including a lingering hamstring issue and a
    concussion in the ACC championship game. That and his drop in production sent
    his draft stock tumbling. Then came the failed drug test, after which he
    reportedly wrote a letter to all 32 NFL teams apologizing for his

    He knew that was going to hurt his draft stock even

    “I definitely regret it,” he said. “But it’s something that’s in
    the past and behind me. I’m working toward bettering myself and not letting
    something like this happen again ever. They trusted me and I’m thankful for that
    and I want to make this a worthy decision.”

    Both Coughlin and Reese said
    they talked to Hosley about the drug test. Coughlin said “we’re prepared to
    address that professionally as well when we do get him here.”
    “He knows
    that’s a bad decision that he made,” Reese said, “and we expect better from

    They seem to have very high expectations for Hosley, who was the
    college roommate of the Giants’ first-round pick, Virginia Tech running back
    David Wilson. He not only could fit into their rotation at cornerback, but Reese
    mentioned he could help as a punt or kick returner, too.

    Hosley, though,
    clearly has his eyes on being an impact player on defense – just like Pacman
    Jones was once.

    “Pacman Jones is a tremendous player, minus the
    off-field stuff,” Hosley said. “But he’s a tremendous player. When you watch him
    on film he’s very sound in his technique. He’s aggressive, a smaller guy like
    me. I kind of favor that.

    “I think that’s a good comparison. I like to
    compare myself to Asante Samuel, Pacman, Brandon Flowers. But I think that’s a
    very good comparison.”



    "It was not difficult to detect a theme as the Giants on Saturday finished up
    their selections in the NFL Draft. Of their seven picks during the three-day
    draft, five of them were used to take offensive players.

    “It just so happened some of the best guys were offensive guys this time,’’
    general manager Jerry Reese said.

    The Giants had two picks in the fourth round and they continued a trend by
    selecting players to fill positions of need on their offense. They took Adrien
    Robinson, a tight end from Cincinnati, with the 127th overall pick, then
    selected Brandon Mosley, a big tackle from Auburn with the 131st overall

    A tight end was needed because the Giants lost two of them in Super Bowl
    XLVI, when Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum each went down with a torn ACL.
    Ballard may miss the entire 2012 season and Beckum could miss the first half of
    the season.

    Robinson’s selection could be viewed as a reach; he is considered a
    pass-catching tight end but he had very little production in college. He had 29
    career repetitions and five touchdowns at Cincinnati, operating in an offense
    that did not feature the tight end at all. He had 12 catches for 183 yards and
    three touchdowns as a senior. He can be considered a developmental prospect, and
    the Giants feel comfortable handing unpolished players over to Mike Pope, one of
    the top tight ends coaches in the league. The Giants had Robinson in for a
    predraft visit and rated him higher than many other teams.

    How high? Reese, noting Robinson’s long arms and athletic ability, called him
    “kind of the JPP of tight ends,’’ referring to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul,
    who emerged last season as a Pro Bowl player.

    “We like those kind of people,’’ Reese said.

    Tom Coughlin said he believes Robinson has “untapped potential’’ but wouldn’t
    go far as to use Pierre-Paul as a comparison.

    “I don’t know if [Robinson] does back flips, but he’s an athlete now,’’
    Coughlin said.

    Mosley fills a need for depth at offensive tackle. He’s a 6-5, 318-pounder
    from Coffeyville Junior College (former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs also
    played there) who in two years at Auburn bulked up and moved from tight end into
    a starting role at tackle. He’s projected to be a right tackle based on his size
    and athletic ability but the Giants think he can move inside to guard and may
    have him try multiple positions as a rookie. Mosley was a member of Auburn’s
    2010 national championship team and in the past two seasons started 24 games at
    right tackle. The Giants last year also used a fourth-round pick on a right
    tackle prospect, James Brewer of Indiana, who spent his rookie season glued to
    the bench.

    The Giants did not have a fifth-round pick; they traded it away to acquire
    linebacker Keith Rivers from the Bengals. In the sixth round, the Giants took
    another offensive tackle, Matt McCants of Alabama-Birmingham. Unlike Mosley,
    McCants is a left tackle prospect who needs to add bulk and strength. He came to
    football late, leaving the high school band as a tuba player in his senior year
    to put on a helmet and shoulder pads. He was an immediate starter at UAB and
    ended up starting 42 games at left tackle. According to the school notes, the
    Alabama-Birmingham offensive line allowed 18 sacks on 440 pass plays and McCants
    didn’t allow a one.

    Again, Reese fell in love with the fact McCants has very long arms.

    “Very interesting prospect for us,’’ Reese said, adding he believes “in a
    year or so’’ McCants will be able to challenge for a starting spot.

    In the seventh round, the Giants took a chance on Markus Kuhn, a defensive
    tackle from North Carolina State who was born and raised in Germany and started
    one year in college.

    “He’s fun to watch,’’ said Reese, who added Kuhn is “the Mitch Petrus of
    defensive tackles,’’ referring to the Giants aggressive young guard. “He’s like
    a buzzsaw in there.’’


    "Jayron Holsey knew it would hurt him because that’s what happens when you
    mess up on a job interview. Hosley attended the NFL Scouting Combine in
    Indianapolis in February and, while there, failed a drug test. Not the way to
    endear yourself to 32 possible future employers.

    As the NFL Draft neared, Hosley, an undersized cornerback from Virginia Tech,
    knew what to expect.

    “I knew there was going to be a fall. I didn’t know exactly where,’’ Hosley
    said yesterday, the day after the Giants selected him in the third round. “With
    the mistake I made, I accepted that. I was just looking forward to really anyone
    giving me a call and giving me a chance, an opportunity to be a part of their

    As it turned out, Hosley was one of only two defensive players taken by the
    Giants, who used five of their seven picks to fortify spots on the offensive
    side of the ball.


    In the fourth round yesterday, they perhaps reached a bit for Cincinnati
    tight end Adrien Robinson, who only had 29 career receptions operating in a
    non-tight-end-friendly spread offense, but that didn’t stop general manager
    Jerry Reese from stamping Robinson as “kind of the JPP of tight ends,’’
    referring to Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants’ man-child defensive end who last
    season made the Pro Bowl in only his second NFL season.

    Robinson, you see, has extremely long arms and Reese thinks he has “a huge
    upside” because of “freakish athletic numbers.’’ The Giants love to hand
    unfinished products over to Mike Pope, considered perhaps the best tight ends
    coach in the league.

    “We think he’s untapped,’’ coach Tom Coughlin said of the 6-foot-4,

    Later in the fourth round, the Giants took Brandon Mosley of Auburn, a right
    tackle prospect who might also move inside to guard. In the sixth round, they
    took another tackle, but this one, Matt McCants of Alabama-Birmingham, is a
    former high school tuba player who came late to football and is a left-tackle

    In the seventh, they took a shot with Markus Kuhn, a defensive tackle from
    North Carolina State who was born and raised in Germany.

    Of all the picks, Hosley might be the one with the most risk-reward
    potential. The Giants took him because they believe, although he is undersized
    at 5-foot-10 and 178 pounds, he plays big and has the temperament to deal with
    the league’s taller receivers.

    The failed drug test is a red flag, but, as Reese said, “He’s not the first
    one to have a situation like that. He knows that’s a bad decision that he made
    and we expect better from him.’’

    Hosley said: “I definitely regret it. But it’s something that’s in the past
    and behind me. I’m working toward bettering myself and not letting something
    like this happen again ever. They trusted me and I’m thankful for that and I
    want to make this a worthy decision.’’

    The Giants, in 2008, took Mario Manningham in the third round after he failed
    a drug test coming out of Michigan and Marc Ross, the team’s director of college
    scouting, likened Manningham to Hosley.

    “This is Mario all over again,’’ Ross said. “First-round talent, get him at
    the end of the third round.’’

    Reese described Hosley as having “athletic arrogance’’ and Hosley liked that

    “I think he said it good,’’ Hosley said. “I’m not a bigger guy so guys might
    see me as a little vulnerable. So definitely I have to go out there with a
    little aggression, you know, kind of the little-man syndrome in that

    Hosley led the nation in interceptions in 2010 with nine, but opponents
    stopped throwing at him and he dipped to three interceptions last season before
    leaving school after his junior year.

    “Truthfully I felt like the college game was getting a little too easy for
    me,’’ Hosley said. “I wanted a challenge and it was more of a challenge in the


    "The NFL Draft came and went and the Giants did not trade Osi Umenyiora. They
    also did not select a pass rusher.

    Does this mean Umenyiora is staying put and will remain with the Giants to
    complete his contract, which has one year left on the seven-year deal he signed
    in December 2005?

    Asked if there were any trades explored during the draft for Umenyiora,
    general manager Jerry Reese did not say yes and did not say no.

    “All options were explored with respect to that,’’ he said Saturday after the
    Giants made their final pick. “Our first choice is he’ll play for the Giants and
    retire as a Giant.’’

    Umenyiora is set to make $3.975 million this season and desperately wants a
    new contract or a trade, a desire he made very public prior to last season and
    reiterated again this past week.

    Reese said the Giants are open to giving Umenyiora more money.

    “Osi has been offered an extension two years in a row now,’’ Reese said.
    “We’d still like to make it work.’

    Clearly, what the Giants offered is not close to what Umenyiora is seeking.
    He wants a market-value deal in keeping with the top pass-rushing defensive ends
    in the NFL."


    "When the NFL Draft was complete and the Giants had taken their seven players,
    their roster increased to 80. The league this year expanded the offseason roster
    by 10 to 90, leaving the Giants with 10 spots to fill with undrafted free
    agents. They were on the phones immediately after the seventh round and in less
    than an hour agreed to contracts with all 10.

    One of them played locally at Rutgers: Fullback Joe Martinek.

    “We have been at tons of Rutgers games,’’ said Marc Ross, the Giants director
    of college scouting. “He is just a gritty, hard-nosed football player. He has
    played fullback; he has played running back, done whatever they ask. He worked
    out really well. He can really catch the ball; a guy that you can throw in at
    any position there in the backfield and he will not miss a beat.’’

    Martinek will be among the rookies to attend the rookie minicamp May 11-13 at
    the Giants Timex Performance Center practice facility. Based on various reports
    and player messages on Twitter, the following players have also agreed to sign
    with the Giants as undrafted free agents:

    S Janzen Jackson, McNeese State; DE Matt Broha, Louisiana Tech; WR David
    Douglas, Arizona; DE Adwale Ojomo, Miami; WR Julian Talley, UMass; S Jojo
    Nicolas, Miami; WR Damian Davis, Mary Hardin-Baylor; OL Stephen Goodwin,
    Nebraska-Kearney; G De’Angelo McCray, Memphis."



    "David Wilson

    Position: RB

    College: Virginia Tech

    Height/weight: 5-9/206

    Scouting report: Tied the school record with 10 100-yard performances,
    including a string of seven consecutive games. … Produced 2,253 all-purpose
    yards in 2011, an ACC junior record, topping Tiki Barber (1,906).

    Rueben Randle

    Position: WR

    College: LSU

    Height/Weight: 6-3/210

    Scouting report: Size and speed (low 4.4s in the 40 at his Pro Day) to slide
    outside into spot vacated by Mario Manningham’s departure to San Francisco. …
    Didn’t post staggering numbers as a junior (53 catches, 973 yards, 8 TD), but
    shaky quarterback play likely contributed to that. … Was being considered by
    Giants in the first round.

    Jayron Hosley

    Position: CB

    College: Virginia Tech

    Height/weight: 5-10/178

    Scouting report: Two-year starter with the Hokies battled hamstring and
    concussion issues last season, but still led the ACC and was ranked 11th in the
    nation as a punt returner (12.67-yard avg.). … Led the nation with nine
    interceptions as a sophomore. … Failed a drug test at the Scouting Combine. Tom
    Coughlin has spoken to Hosley and believes he will learn from the mistake.

    Adrien Robinson

    Position: Tight end

    College: Cincinnati

    Height/weight: 6-4/264

    Scouting report: Used primarily as a blocker in a spread offense, he caught
    three TD passes, including a 72-yarder against Miami (Ohio) that was the longest
    pass play for Cincinnati in 2011. … Was not invited to the Scouting Combine and
    did not work out on his visit with the Giants, but was impressive enough at his
    Pro Day to earn distinction as a possible sleeper.

    Brandon Mosley

    Position: Offensive tackle

    College: Auburn

    Height/weight: 6-5/318

    Scouting report: Came to Auburn as a tight end and switched to right tackle,
    where he started the final 11 games of the 2010season in front of Cam Newton en
    route to the BCS National Championship. … Mosley attended Coffeyville JC before
    landing at Auburn, the same JUCO as Brandon Jacobs, who also ended up at Auburn
    before transferring to Southern Illinois.

    Matt McCants

    Position: Offensive tackle

    College: UAB

    Height/weight: 6-5/309

    Scouting report: Lean frame for an offensive tackle with very long arms, but
    will need to add weight. … Only played one season of high school football
    because he played the tuba in the school band until his senior year.

    Markus Kuhn

    Position: DT

    College: N.C. State

    Height/weight: 6-5/299

    Scouting report: Played his high school ball in his native Germany. … Very
    powerful; comes out of a compact stance and has shown good quickness off the
    snap. … A longer term project that likely will max out as a rotational interior
    lineman at best."


    "The Giants insisted they never go into the NFL Draft looking for players to fill
    specific holes on the field.

    General manager Jerry Reese was adamant his "best player available"
    philosophy rules all. Tom Coughlin agreed, insisting those responsible for
    replenishing the roster would never tab someone to erase a vacancy if he was not
    at the top of their board.

    So what happens when talent meets need, as it seems to have done for the
    reigning Super Bowl champions this weekend – is it great scouting or incredible

    Surely it’s probably a little bit of both, but either way, the Giants were
    thrilled with what they came away with as part of a seven-player haul at the
    conclusion Saturday of this year’s festivities at Radio City Music Hall.

    Brandon Jacobs, Mario Manningham, Aaron Ross and Kareem McKenzie are gone
    from the lineup that defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, and in the span
    of three days, with four of their first five picks, Big Blue landed their

    The headliner of Saturday’s four-pick grab could end up being Cincinnati
    tight end Adrien Robinson, a raw talent whose presence on the roster and
    eventually the depth chart alongside Martellus Bennett should help compensate
    for the loss of Jake Ballard (knee), quite possibly for the season.

    Reese heaped tremendous praise on him — bordering on a bit unrealistic, of
    course – by comparing his untapped potential to that of All-Pro defensive end
    Jason Pierre-Paul when he came out of South Florida two years ago.

    "We think this guy has a huge upside," Reese said. "Big, big man. Long arms.
    He didn’t catch a lot of balls for them, but he’s kind of a late bloomer. He’s
    really come on.

    "We think this guy is kind of the JPP of tight ends."

    The Giants also added 10 undrafted free agents Saturday night, which puts
    them at the roster limit of 90, including former Rutgers fullback Joe

    Second-round selection Rueben Randle should get an opportunity to step right
    into Manningham’s role and immediately contribute at wide receiver behind Hakeem
    Nicks and Victor Cruz. First-rounder David Wilson bolsters a group of running
    backs led by Ahmad Bradshaw. Third-rounder Jayron Hosley will be a playmaker in
    the secondary.

    "We got some more firepower," Coughlin said.

    The draft concluded with defensive end Osi Umenyiora still with the Giants
    despite his wishes for a trade and/or a contract extension, which he did not
    receive. "All options are open with respect to that," Reese said."




    "The New York
    drafted cornerback Jayron Hosley out of Virginia Tech in the
    third-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Immediately following the selection, General
    Manager Jerry Reese referred to the rookie as "athletically arrogant," comparing
    his on-field skill to that of Adam "Pacman" Jones.

    As it turns out, Hosley fits that bill to perfection.

    In his very first conference call with the New York media, Hosley said he left college early to
    pursue a career in the NFL because the game itself had started to become too
    easy for him.

    "Truthfully, I felt like the college game was getting a little too easy for
    me," Hosley said. "I wanted a challenge and it was more of a challenge in the NFL."

    In 2010, Hosley led the nation with nine interceptions and followed it up
    with another strong 2011 campaign, but opposing quarterbacks obviously tried a
    little bit harder to stay away from him.

    Hosley hurt his draft stock by failing a drug test at the NFL Combine
    (marijuana), but following a conversation with Giants head coach Tom Coughlin,
    the team felt confident that any issues Hosley had are a thing of the past. He
    reaffirmed that on Friday night, saying he's working hard to better himself.

    "I definitely regret it. But it’s something that’s in the past and behind
    me," said Hosley.. "I’m working toward bettering myself and not letting
    something like this happen again ever. They trusted me and I’m thankful for that
    and I want to make this a worthy decision."

    The 21-year-old certainly doesn't lack in confidence, and his track record
    proves he doesn't lack in skill either. His success in the NFL will solely
    depend on his motivation, work-ethic and ability to avoid off-field



    "The 2012 NFL Draft has
    come and gone, and defensive end Osi
    remains a member of the New York
    . And if General Manager Jerry
    has anything to say about it, he'll retire as a member of the

    “Our first choice with respect to Osi is that he will play for the Giants and
    retire as a Giant,” Reese said on Saturday. “That is what we would like to
    happen. Osi has been offered an extension two years in a row now. So we would
    still like to make it work. Hopefully it will work out. But all of our options
    are always open.”

    Last Wednesday, Umenyiora said the two sides have had preliminary discussions about a new contract, but that nothing
    was imminent. He also noted that his contract, which was reportedly worth $41
    million over seven years, was actually worth closer to $30 million. Had it been
    worth the "misreported" $41 million, he and the Giants "wouldn't be in this

    Whatever the case may be, the Giants seem content in letting the situation
    play itself out. They never engaged in any serious trade talks regarding Osi,
    and are moving forward as if he'll be their defensive end this season. If
    Umenyiora decides to leave once his contract expires -which he says he likely
    would- then they'll simply collect a compensatory pick and move on."


    "The New York
    wasted absolutely no time filling their roster on Saturday evening,
    immediately signing 10 undrafted rookie free agents following the conclusion of
    the 2012 NFL Draft.

    A full list of the signees can be seen below:

      , S, McNeese State[*]Matt Broha, DE, Louisiana Tech[*]Damian Davis, WR, Mary Hardin-Baylor[*]David
      , WR, Arizona[*]Adwale Ojomo, DE, Miami[*]Julian Tailey, WR, U Mass[*]Joe
      , FB, Rutgers[*]Jojo Nicolas, S, Miami[*]D’Angelo McCray, OL, Memphis[*]Stephen Goodin, OG, Nebraska-Kearney[/list]

      Two of the more intriguing additions are Janzen
      and Joe

      "We had [Martinek] at the local day. We’ve been to tons of Rutgers games,"
      Ross said. "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."

      Jackson, meanwhile, has a ton of talent but comes with just as much baggage.
      He was charged with armed robbery in 2009 (wasn't convicted) and has failed
      multiple drug tests. But as an UDFA, there's little to no risk in bringing him
      in for a try.

      Big Blue still needs a quarterback for rookie mini-camp, so it's likely
      another move (swap) is on the horizon. As soon as it's made, Giants 101 will
      have it for you."



      "ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper does not hate the New York Giants
      2012 NFL Draft class, but he does not love it, either. In handing out his annual
      NFL Draft grades, Kiper has given the Giants a C+.

      Wrote Kiper:

      "I had running back as the top need for the Giants, and they got one with
      their first pick. David Wilson
      should be productive, but I think they really would have preferred Doug Martin.
      I might have gone with an O-lineman there, but the Giants have capably kept
      things patched up for a couple years, and will have to continue to do so,
      because they didn't get a tackle until the fourth round. Brandon Mosley has a
      shot (he's the No. 13-ranked offensive tackle on my board), but you don't want
      him starting in Week 1. Rueben Randle lacks explosiveness, but he was a pretty
      good value as the last pick in Round 2. Clearly, the NFL thought he'd be gone
      far higher -- he was the last player in the green room. Jayron Hosley is a
      really instinctive corner, and I wouldn't have thought he'd still be around
      based on his sophomore year. But he regressed in 2011. He can cover, but he
      lacks a physical element to his game. Some helpful pieces, but Wilson needs to
      provide impact."

      Clearly, Kiper is right that the Giants would have selected Martin if Tampa
      Bay had not. General manager Jerry Reese admitted there was one running back on
      the Giants draft board rated higher than Wilson after Alabama's Trent Richardson
      was taken, and that can only be Martin.

      Kiper never mentions Adrien Robinson, whom the Giants are clearly excited about.

      In the end, we know these grades mean nothing. We just have to wait and see
      how everything turns out."


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

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012 - 12:33 P.M.

    thanks for the news Roanoke! [B]

    love TCs quote about Wilson and Randle! "we got some more fire power"!

    thats exciting stuff. cant wait for July!

    Go Giants



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      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012 - 12:33 P.M.

      [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

      thanks for the news Roanoke! [B]

      love TCs quote about Wilson and Randle! "we got some more fire power"!

      thats exciting stuff. cant wait for July!

      Go Giants


      Teams are always high on their draft picks before they are tested on the battlefield. Still, we are one team that drafts potential that can be developed. It works pretty well.
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1