REESE: WE'LL STILL DRAFT TALENT OVER NEED
"Whether he is picking 15th or has the last pick of the draft at 32, New York
Giants general manager Jerry Reese says not much changes when it comes
to his thought process and approach.
Reese insists he is still going to go for the best player available when the
Giants are on the clock.
"I don't think it's more gray area when we pick at 32," Reese said when asked
about his approach with the last pick of the first round. "You just wait and see
if somebody is going to fall to you or if there is somebody you may be able to
move up for, that you're in love with. It's always a good problem to have when
you're picking 32."
Reese believes there are a lot of players with "the same kind of value" from
pick 15 to 32. If a player like North Carolina defensive end Quinton
Coples, Syracuse defensive end Chandler
Jones or Illinois defensive end Whitney
Mercilus falls to 32, the Giants will likely be pretty happy. One prospect
who could go in the neighborhood of where the Giants select is Alabama
linebacker Dont'a Hightower. The Giants had him in for a visit according to
ProFootballTalk.com. Early indications are that the Giants are interested in
Hightower, LSU wide receiver Rueben
Randle and Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen
Hill -- three prospects who could be drafted in the late first round.
Hightower has been projected by many to go to the Steelers at 24. Hill's
stock has been on the rise since the combine and he is often projected to be
drafted before the Giants are up. Hill or Randle could potentially help the
Giants replace Mario Manningham, who signed with the 49ers
in free agency.
Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan and Domenik Hixon will compete for the third
The good thing for the Giants is that they know what it is like to wait
through the entire first round before drafting. They did just that in 2008 after
winning the Super Bowl.
"The last time we picked [last], we picked some pretty good players that have
helped us win a lot of football games," Reese said. "So there are good players.
You just have to look deep and find them."
The last time Reese drafted coming off a Super Bowl victory, he had the 31st
overall pick and he came away with safety Kenny Phillips. The Giants would emerge from
that draft with four players who eventually became starters.
Phillips (first round), cornerback Terrell Thomas (second round), Manningham
(third round) and linebacker Jonathan Goff (fifth round) all have started
games for the Giants. Phillips and Thomas remain while Manningham signed with
the 49ers in free agency and Goff remains an unsigned free agent.
In that draft, Reese went defense with his first two picks. He has done the
same thing in each of the past two drafts, taking defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive tackle Linval Joseph with his first two picks in
2010 and then selecting cornerback Prince Amukamara and defensive tackle Marvin Austin in the first two rounds in
Reese reiterated in his pre-draft press conference that he will go with the
best player on the team's board regardless of position and that drafting off a
Super Bowl win doesn't change a thing when it comes to his approach for drafting
best talent over need.
"The only difference is you see a lot of really good players come off of the
board in front of you," he said of drafting last. "But again, we feel like there
is going to be from pick 15 down to pick 32, there are going to be some very
similar kind of players that we like in the row."
The Giants could always trade down if they think there are several players of
the same value available when they pick. But Reese does believe a good player
will be there at the end of the first round.
"More likely, somebody we have ahead of our 32nd pick in our first row [on
the team's draft board], somebody will be down there where we want to pick,"
Reese added. "At the bottom of that first row, we think those guys are
second-round picks, unless we have somebody pretty high that falls. We could
easily have somebody fall down. I think guys are going to come off the board all
over the place early on."