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As soon as Solder was off the board, Giants fans knew to expect the unexpected. Jerry Reese has proven time and time again in his career that he does not draft based on positional need.
The strategy generally works out for the Giants. Teams should consider whether they would rather have an odds-on starter, regardless of position, or a potential flop in a position of need.
The Giants are lucky to have a GM who understands the game as well as Reese. Last year, the Giants took Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round. Defensive end was already their strongest position, but Pierre-Paul showed flashes of brilliance last year and few fans are questioning the pick.
If the Giants picked a linebacker this year (or last) and he sat on the bench, the pick might go over better in the media, but the pick wouldn't make the Giants a better team.