2012 NFL Draft Day: How Jerry Reese Actually Views the Draft

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2012 NFL Draft Day: How Jerry Reese Actually Views the Draft
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To say that Giants general manager Jerry Reese drafts on the basis of best available player does not give him enough credit.

Reese sees holes in the lineup developing before most others, and he uses a matrix of best available, current need and upcoming need in each draft selection.

To predict exactly who the Giants will draft, though, is nearly impossible. In terms of football being a chess match, Reese is looking at a game that has not yet even started. There could very well be needs in the draft that fans and analysts are unaware of. Zach DeOssie has had some back troubles; does that mean Reese must start planning for a new long-snapper? Only Reese knows which of his free agents he is going to go after.

Perhaps he does not feel LB is a need because of the crop of rookies from last year, along with the return of Jonathan Goff and Terrell Thomas, allow for a run-busting nickel the team didn't have last year. Only Reese knows.

Although, we can use his previous drafts to explore his tendencies and if he does realistically draft best available. Or need. Or a mix.

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