New York Giants NFL Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors, Storylines

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IApril 17, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs the ball against the Michigan Wolverines during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants have made multiple free agency moves that will now make their 2012 NFL draft needs a little more clearer.

They've addressed the linebacker position, acquiring former Cincinnati Bengal Keith Rivers for a fifth-round pick and re-signing fan favorite Chase Blackburn to a one-year deal.

New York also inked four-year cornerback and former New England Patriot Antwaun Molden. Former Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins right tackle Sean Locklear inked a one-year deal.  

With that being said, Jerry Reese and the G-Men can now focus on the draft, which begins on Thursday, April 26.

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Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms—the son of former Giants great Phil Simms—worked out for the Giants, along with Rutgers' wideout Mohamed Sanu on April 11.

Sanu, whose stock rose after running a 4.41 40 at his pro day, later tweeted after the workout, "Great workout today."

Sanu could fit the void left at WR when Mario Manningham left New York in favor of the San Francisco 49ers

As for Simms, it's highly unlikely the Giants will spend a pick on him, as they already have three quarterbacks on the roster in Eli Manning, David Carr and Ryan Perrilloux.

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Like the quarterback position, the Giants list a number of tight ends on the depth chart, but they could still be looking to add depth.

In his latest seven-round mock draft, my colleague Jeff Shull has the Giants focusing on both sides of the football, including the G-Men taking Stanford TE Coby Fleener in the first round.   

Like Shull, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has the Giants taking a shot on Fleener with their first pick in the draft.

"The best tight end on the board, Fleener has the speed to be used off the line, where he can become a matchup problem and further diversify an already strong passing attack. Fleener has great hands, fantastic route-running ability and will become a big threat in the red zone. The Giants also need offensive line help, or could target a linebacker here, but Fleener fits." 

As for the second round, Kiper has the Giants drafting Virginia Tech running back David Wilson, saying, "They lose Brandon Jacobs, but Wilson will bring some power of his own, with a lot more explosiveness."

Todd McShay, on the other hand, sees New York bolstering its offensive line by drafting Cal's Mitchell Schwartz.

Both picks would benefit the Giants' running game, as they ranked last in terms of rushing yards per game last season at 89.2.

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Remember, the Giants just acquired Sean Locklear to their offensive line and have yet to address the running back position. 

Trade Rumors

No new trade rumors to report, but the details of Keith Rivers' deal with the G-Men are in.

Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger is reporting that the deal is for one year, $1.25 million.

Rivers will be added to a pool of linebackers on the Giants roster that includes Michael Boley, Mark Herzlich, Greg Jones, Mathias Kiwanuka, Spencer Paysinger, Clint Sintim, Jacquian Williams and Chase Blackburn, among others.   


In a nine-part series analyzing the Giants' draft needs at each position, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk's discusses the Giants' quarterback situation.

While he says that the Giants' need for a quarterback is a one on a scale of one to 10, Youngmisuk writes,

"The Giants obviously do not have a need at quarterback other than to potentially develop one for the future. They clearly like Perrilloux’s physical talents. But if the Giants were to consider a developmental quarterback late in the draft, there are quarterbacks like Chattanooga’s B.J. Coleman, Oregon’s Darron Thomas, LSU’s Jordan Jefferson and Monmouth’s Alex Tanney."

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While we're on the subject of who the Giants won't draft, Peter King of Sports Illustrated tweeted that the Giants will not draft a tight end in the first round, tweeting, "What about mike pope suggests the NYG won't take fleener? ... He finds TEs (Beckum, Boss, Ballard) waaay down the line."

Two of the biggest storylines to follow heading into the draft will be finding a replacement for Jacobs at RB and who's going to fill the void left my Manningham at WR.

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