Victor Cruz is very high on the idea of Big Blue selecting Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with the No. 12 overall pick and he may not be alone. A report by the New York Daily News suggests that the New York Giants are not only seriously interested in Evans in the first round, but that the wideout is actually near the very top of their draft board.
If the Giants are seriously considering a wide receiver at No. 12 overall, it speaks volumes about what they think of Rueben Randle, who would otherwise appear poised to step in and take over for Hakeem Nicks, who is now with the Indianapolis Colts. But the endorsements for Randle in recent months have been far from ringing, with General Manager Jerry Reese saying the jury is still out on him and retired offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride implying that both Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin lack trust in him.
"The jury is still out on that," Reese said in late February. "I think he's a good player. I'm not sure if he's a one, if he's a two if he's a three, but I think he can contribute to our receiver corps."
Cruz's campaign for another outside wide receiver on Thursday would also implies a lack of trust in Randle taking over as the No. 1, leading us here at Giants 101 to believe there might be a little fire with all this smoke.
“If I had my choice, if I had my pick, I think we should go receiver,” Cruz said on NFL Network. “I think we definitely need some help, especially losing a guy like Hakeem Nicks, such a big-play guy in our offense. I think that’s something we need back in this offense to be successful. An outside guy that can do the job and that can help fuel all the other receivers in the locker room and put some fire up under them to get them where they have to be.”
Although Randle has repeatedly stated he's ready to step up and assume the role as starter, he's done little to show his teammates he's ready for that transition. After all, when Manning and the other wideouts gathered at Duke for their annual (unofficial) offseason practices, Randle was not among them, saying he planned to attend but "something came up" and he couldn't make it.
The faith in Randle aside, the chances Evans slips to the Giants at No. 12 dwindle each day. He's been mocked as high as No. 5 to the Oakland Raiders and few see him falling out of the top 10.
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