The NFL free agency period is just shy of being a week old as I write this, and yet the news of free agent comings and goings has had my TweetDeck program columns resembling an Atlantic City casino slot machine.
the New York Giants have been right there in the thick of things as far as trying to upgrade a vastly underpeforming roster from a year ago and have made several moves in an attempt to accomplish that objective.
According to various media reports as well as official team announcements, here’s what they’ve done as of Sunday evening, March 16:
- Signed six new players from other teams (offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz from Kansas City, running back Rashad Jennings of Oakland, former Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins center J.D. Walton, linebacker Jameel McClain of Baltimore, safety/kickoff returner Quintin Demps of Kansas City and former Seattle cornerback Walter Thurmond III.
- Re-signed nine of their own (linebackers Mark Herzlich and Jon Beason, offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds, cornerback Trumaine McBride, kicker Josh Brown, safety Stevie Brown, running back Peyton Hillis, fullback Henry Hynoski and quarterback Curtis Painter).
- Tendered one restricted free agent (linebacker Spencer Paysinger).
- Lost six players to other teams (tight end Brandon Myers to Tampa Bay, safety Ryan Mundy to Chicago, defensive end Justin Tuck to Oakland, defensive tackle Linval Joseph to Minnesota, receiver Hakeem Nicks to Indianapolis and linebacker Keith Rivers to Buffalo).
Given the action so far, we can now start to drill down to how their 2014 draft might be shaping up. Before I do that, though, a couple of quick notes.
NFL compensatory picks haven’t been announced. Per Philly.com, the Giants could be receiving an extra fifth round pick this year based on their 2013 free agency gains and losses, but until that’s officially confirmed, I’m not going to factor that into this latest mock draft.
Second, the Giants traded their seventh-round pick to Carolina for Beason, thus I’m not counting that pick in the mock.
Free agency continues to make the situation fluid, so my projections contained herein are subject to change if the Giants land any more significant free agents at positions represented in the first two draft picks.
With that said, here is my latest projected six-round Giants mock draft.
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