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New York Giants Thursday Morning Storylines: Draft Day Has Arrived!

May 8th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… The 2014 NFL Draft has finally arrived! As we gear up for the long night ahead, why don't you kick back, relax and enjoy your morning coffee over the following Draft Day headlines.

NFL Draft: NY Giants GM Jerry Reese Looks to Reverse Recent Trend

When John Mara dissected his franchise at the end of last season he left his general manager relatively unscathed.

He said he “firmly” believes Jerry Reese “is the right guy going forward” and made it clear the blame for another playoff-less season would not fall on the GM’s head.

But Mara’s endorsement of Reese’s performance on draft day — arguably the biggest day of the year for a front office that believes in building through the draft — was still far from ringing. He noted “we obviously overvalued certain people” in recent drafts. He lamented some of the “calculated risks” the Giants had taken and some of the “bad luck” they’ve had with second- and third-rounders. As a result, he said, “We have not gotten the production that we wanted out of certain draft slots.”

His demeanor made it clear that would soon have to change. That’s why this is a critical draft for the 50-year-old Reese — his eighth since taking over as GM in 2007. His job may not be in jeopardy, but his reputation is, along with the near future of the franchise. Reese was known for having the Midas touch in his first few seasons, especially after his brilliant initial draft brought the Giants seven rookies who were contributors on a Super Bowl champion.

Justin Pugh Remembers His Draft Party

Justin Pugh wasn't in New York last year for the NFL draft, but if you saw the video of him taking the phone call after the New York Giants took him No. 19 overall, you already knew that.

“Just the elation of having your name called, the relief at finally hearing it,” Pugh recalled in a phone interview Tuesday. “And knowing where you’re going to be. My mom was worried I’d be picked by Seattle and play all the way across the country and she’d never see me again.”

What is Jerry Reese's Focus Heading into Draft

A total of 256 players will be selected in the three-day NFL draft that begins Thursday. Those who make a living predicting who will go where and when have bloviated for weeks about the draft’s strengths and weaknesses and how it compares to the “Annual Selection Meeting” (as the NFL calls it) of recent years.

Even if he was inclined to pay attention to the many opinions uttered on television and the internet, Jerry Reese would consider it nothing but wasted breath.

“I don’t really look at drafts like that,” said Reese, who will preside over his eighth selection meeting as the Giants’ general manager. “I look at drafts as we’re trying to find seven good players for the Giants. We think there will be seven good players. I’m not sure if there are great receivers or great running backs or great linemen. I just think there will be seven good players for us.”

Taylor Lewan's Visit with Giants Included Meeting with Owner

The top prospects gathered Wednesday at the NFL Play 60 Youth Football Festival at Chelsea Waterside Park. Quarterback Johnny Manziel was engulfed by cameras and recorders. Jadeveon Clowney was swarmed by more than a few media members.

Everyone was trying to get a sniff of where the NFL Draft's top prospects are going to land.

Player after player took the questions. What have they heard? Where have they visited? No one, other than Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, mentioned a visit with the Giants. Lewan visited the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on April 24.

Lewan met with coach Tom Coughlin, general manager Jerry Reese, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, who he called a "stud." He even had a few promising minutes with owner John Mara during his visit. Lewan stated his case, and once again told his side of the story.

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Tags: Football, Jadeveon Clowney, Jerry Reese, John Mara, Johnny Manziel, Justin Pugh, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Pat Flaherty, Taylor Lewan, Tom Coughlin

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8 Responses to “New York Giants Thursday Morning Storylines: Draft Day Has Arrived!”

  1.  Krow says:

    Zack Martin at 12 … Joel Bitonio at 43.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I’ve never seen Bitonio play but I don’t generally like kids from that Mountain Conference so I’d pass on him. Remember Bryan Kehl. Too many of those teams produce soft players because the league isn’t particularly physical.

    •  BBWC says:

      I’d take that….Martin and Bitonio…. But it’ll be really tough for the Giants to pass on WR in the second round, I expect a solid group of really good receivers to be available to us at 43…. So I’m going to stick with the Giants taking a WR in the second.
      However I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they take a defensive lineman (DE or DT) in the second if the right one is sitting there.

      I took two days vacation to relax and watch the draft….. As PittsburghJim says “This is our Christmas”!

  2.  GIANTT says:

    4 year starter makes the pro bowl at least once and the Giants resign him for a second contract .Oline first , then Dline then WR
    then defensive back or Linebacker.

  3.  PittsburghJim says:

    Merry Christmas.

    Christmas to guys who are: married 20+ years with kids who have busy lives and no real hobbies!!!

    Let’s enjoy this….

  4.  G-MenFan says:

    1 (12)– Taylor Lewan or Zack Martin

    2 (43)–Jordan Matthews or Kelvin Benjamin or Martavis Bryant

    3 (74)– Steal anybody of high value at any position (would love a
    C/G or DT or DE).

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    The one and only position on the offensive line that is set in stone at this point is Schwartz at LG. He’s excellent and that’s where he’ll be.

    Now, that might help Beatty if he’s at LT because he’ll have his inside shoulder protected better than was the case last season, but there’s absolutely no reason to assume Beatty will be starting (GOAT’s argument that he’s being paid too much so will be the presumed starter is the kind of thinking that gets any kind of enterprise is deep doo-doo, and I think the Giants are smarter than that).

    If the Giants come out of the first round with Lewan or Martin then my guess is that he winds up starting at RT when the season opens and Pugh moves to LT, provided he shows over the summer that he can handle that switch and Beatty cannot beat him out for the position by playing a lot of snaps and showing that 2013 was an anomaly. If somehow Beatty proves himself (I hope he does, but it’s hard to believe he will after watching him in 2013) then Lewan will play at RT if he’s the draftee and Pugh will move inside (by beating out Snee or Walton). If Martin is the draftee, and Beatty turns it around, then Pugh stays put at RT and Martin competes for one of the two available inside positions (center and RG).

    Throw a hopefully-improved Mosley into the mix and you start to see a promising future for the offensive line. But that future cannot be built around a mediocre-at-best left tackle who has never been great in the run game and appeared to be totally vulnerable to a bull rush from a strong defensive end throughout 2013, and a bunch of mid- to late-round draftees.

    This draft needs to spit out two good offensive linemen, and they both need to come out of the first four rounds of the draft.

    •  BBWC says:

      I wasn’t a big fan of the contract they signed Beatty to begin with… but I did feel he was average to slightly above average prior to the signing. I haven’t given up on Beatty yet….maybe drafting a stud or two for the OL will light a fire under his butt. He has a lot to lose if he doesn’t turn things around. Sometimes when players get that big contract they tend to ease up a little, that’s human nature. Hopefully he’ll come around.

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