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New York Giants GM Jerry Reese Talks Final Preparations for 2014 NFL Draft, Free Agency

May 6th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Doug Rush

We are a mere two days away from the 2014 NFL Draft and for the New York Giants, there are two days away from being on the clock for the 12th overall pick in the first round on Thursday night.

For the last three months, the possibilities of where the Giants can go with that 12 pick have been heavily discussed and talked about and up until the Giants actually make the pick on Thursday night, the possibilities will still be talked about by the fans and media. Do they take Aaron Donald for the defensive line? What about Mike Evans or Eric Ebron? How about Zack Martin or Taylor Lewan? Or do they consider trading up or down from the 12th pick?

For Jerry Reese, this will be his eighth draft that he will be participating in since taking over as the general manager in 2007 and this past week, he sat down with Paul Dottino from WFAN to talk about his final preparations for this coming draft and how he gets ready for the three-day process.

"At this time of the year, the scouting part is over, you can't just start scouting, you have to do that prior to and the scouting is now over and we're starting to get the board together and the rows together, the first row, second row all the way until the seventh row and go over all of the scenarios that can happen and you have to prepare for those things that can happen that can alter your plans. I can get surprised, but I've never been shocked by what happens because you have to be ready for everything."

One thing Reese mentioned with Dottino was how busy and active the Giants were during the free agency period which could have an effect on how the Giants view their draft plans and two of the big names the team landed in the first month were Geoff Schwartz from the Kansas City Chiefs and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Denver Broncos and how important they were to the team.

"When you lose a lot of free agents, you need to sign a lot of them. Schwartz brings major flexibility who is a big guy and plays like a big guy. We wanted to get bigger on the offensive line and he was important to bring in. Rodgers-Cromartie has been a premier corner in the league for a long time and he's an ascending corner who will only continue to get better and pairing him with Prince (Amukamara), you need to have good corners in the league to win and I think we have that now."

Earlier in the offseason, the Giants dropped hints that they would focus a lot of their attention to the offensive side of the ball in the draft, especially since Giants co-owner John Mara called the team's offense "broken" last year and needed drastic changes, which is why a lot of Giants' mock drafts have them taking an offensive player in them. With the Giants focusing a lot of their attention to defense in free agency, the draft is setting up the Giants to reloading the offense with young talent.

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3 Responses to “New York Giants GM Jerry Reese Talks Final Preparations for 2014 NFL Draft, Free Agency”

  1.  BBWC says:

    I wouldn’t doubt if the Giants use their first 3 picks on the offensive side of the ball, one on OL, one at WR and one at TE.

    •  BBWC says:

      1) OT Zack Martin
      2) WR Jordan Mathews/Allen Robinson/Cody Latimer/Donte Moncrief whichever they prefer. I’d be happy with any of them.
      3) TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Troy Niklas who is more likely to be there in early third round.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, after a few really poor drafts I think Reese, Ross & Co. got back on track last April and that the 2013 draft will be viewed in a few years as a VERY good one. Getting Pugh, Hankins, Moore, and Taylor in the same draft is excellent work. And Nassib may eventually prove to have been a great value if he either becomes a long-term backup to Eli (at a cheap price) or a great trading chip. I also think that the moves made this off-season in free agency (both whom they signed and whom they didn’t sign) will be judged to have been really terrific. Schwartz and DRC are the big outsiders, but resigning Beason was huge, and the signing of McClain, Thurmond and Manningham are the kinds of under-the-radar signings that sometimes look brilliant in retrospect. Walton and Jerry, too, may wind up significant pieces of the puzzle.

    Just as important, though, was whom they didn’t sign: Tuck, Nicks, Joseph, Thomas, Brown, and Webster. And who they cut: Baas (despite having to eat dead money). This group consisted of players who were either below average at their position, didn’t perform at a high level in 2012, or were simply not worth their market price because they aren’t “difference-makers”. There was a lot of chopping of dead wood and an absence of sentiment.

    So the personnel department is on a strong streak going into the draft. They need to keep that streak going because there is PLENTY of talent available through the first four rounds of this draft and a lot of it is at positions of need for the Giants. We fans should expect to come out of Friday with no “Who’s he?” questions about the first two days of the selections. And Reese needs to get it right through the fourth round this year. Heck, even John Mara said as much.

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