No one remembers who came in second.
There might be more to this than just Nicks and Cruz. There could be a possible future laid out for the direction this offense will go and they could feel that two huge threats on the outside (Nicks and Randle) would stretch out the field for any slot receiver like a Jernigan or a TE to take advantage of the middle. More emphasis on the top of the defense and outside the numbers should also open up the running game for the emerging Wilson too. Cruz is a great player that any team would love to have but we can't afford to put too much money into a handful of players.
2014 Giants Mock (Assuming Nicks is let go)
1. Anthony Barr, 'Leo', Clemson
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
3. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio
3. Yawin Smallwood, LB, Connecticut
4. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
5. Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
6. JaWaun James, OT, Tennessee
This really is masterful negotiating on Reese's part.
Dominant Split-Ends > Dominant slot guys
Always has been