The Giants Gain More Leverage with an Additional Third-Round Pick

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IMarch 24, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -  JANUARY 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Eagles defeated the Giants 23 -11. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Plaxico Could Walk, Too, Giving the Team Even More Options

The NFL announced yesterday that the 12-4 New York Football Giants have been awarded an additional third-round selection (No. 100 overall) as compensation for the significant roster losses incurred after the 2007 season.

The extra pick gives the Giants 10 selections (five in the first 100) in April's draft, making it more and more likely that they will be in a trading mood.

There is a growing sentiment that they will still try to swing a deal for a wide receiver, even if Plaxico Burress is given a pass on prison time for his gun charges.

It was reported recently that the club was talking to the Cleveland Browns regarding a deal for WR Braylon Edwards, but the Browns asked for WR Steve Smith in addition to an all-draft-pick package. The Giants balked at that, but now with this extra third rounder, they might try to restructure the deal.

Some think Burress's situation with the law has changed due to the unusual amount of time between his arrest and arraignment. But New York has other things to worry about, like the economy, and it is very likely that he will walk with probation.

This has also worked in the team's favor. If Plaxico can play this fall, the urgency for a No. 1 wideout becomes diminished.  But, knowing Jerry Reese he's still not satisfied. He's a man who deals in definitives.

Wide receiver and linebacker are high on his list, whether it be through the draft or through a trade of some of those picks. There has been talk that the team will try to acquire Edwards again or go after Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez, who they consider a player that can spread the middle of a defense.  

The Anquan Boldin-to-the-Giants hot stove has begun to heat up as well. These new developments could re-interest the Cardinals in a possible trade.

The Giants have also worked out several of the top receivers in the draft, most notably Florida's Percy Harvin, but are said to be also fond of several others. Linebackers Clay Mathews of USC and Aaron Maybin of Penn State were also worked out by the team.

Don't forget the Giants are still high on Mario Manningham, who they took in last year's draft and still have Dominik Hixon, Smith, and Sinorice Moss. They also have an interesting player on their roster by the name of Micah Rucker, a 6'6" target in the mold of Burress, but very raw.

The plan right now is to wait for the Plaxico thing to flesh out next week and move from there. If he can play, they have a ton leverage in a trade, either on draft day or sometime before. The bottom line is, the Giants are holding some high cards right now.


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