"There's been some conjecture that Tampa had moved up in front of us and took
Martin," Reese told WFAN Radio on Tuesday
. "That's not true ... Martin would not
have been our pick."
The Giants selected Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 32nd
pick, one choice after the Bucs took Martin, leading
analysts to speculate
that Tampa Bay jumped in front to nab the player New
York really wanted.
"First of all, (Wilson) was the highest player on our board at the time that
we picked," Reese said. "That was an easy pick for us. It was a value and a need
pick for us, we thought."
Reese said Martin was considered for their first-round pick but eventually
was rated lower than a few other players, including Wilson.
Reese added that Ahmad Bradshaw
continue to be the Giants' top back and that they wanted to get another runner
after losing Brandon Jacobs
Bradshaw has embraced
, saying he will treat him as his "project."