Giants Make The Right Receiver Moves, Without Boldin Or Edwards

Tom BarnettCorrespondent IApril 26, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 08:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the North Carolina Tar Heels carries the ball during the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Many football fans felt the New York Giants would strike a deal during draft day for Braylon Edwards or Anquan Boldin to fill the void at wide receiver after the departures of last season's starters, Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer.  That didn't happen.  The Giants filled the hole by adding depth at the wide receiver position with Hakeem Nicks (UNC, 1st round, 29th pick) and Ramses Barden (Cal Poly, 3rd round, 85th overall pick).  They also added another receiver in tight end Travis Beckum.

While Braylon Edwards or Anquan Boldin would have been sexy additions to the team, they wouldn't make sense for the Giants.  The Giants have a strong strength drafting and this is how Jerry Reese has taken this team to a higher level.  As we all know, the Giants 2007 draft class consisted of Aaron Ross, Steve Smith, Jay Alford, Kevin Boss, Michael Johnson, and Ahmad Bradshaw, who all contributed greatly to thee Giants' Super Bowl run.  It's safe to say that wouldn't have been there if their class wasn't that strong.  It doesn't make sense to give up a first and third round pick for one of these receivers.  Jerry Reese was correct to stand firm on his stance that both Boldin and Edwards were worth the second and fifth round picks obtained in the Jeremy Shockey trade.

Both Boldin and Edwards would have commanded long, luxurious contracts worth $10 million a season.  That kind of money leaves much less room for the Giants to improve on other positions.  It puts the focus on just one player.  The NFL is a team sport where depth triumphs superstars. 

The Giants also aren't the type of franchise that values players that don't want to play for them.  As soon as Jeremy Shockey spoke out the Giants made sure they would trade him.  While I really doubt it, the Giants could potentially have a headache on their hands since both players have already shown they're outspoken by asking for a trade.  Nicks, Barden, and Beckum all want to play for New York and can do it for much less money. 

People can doubt the productivity the Giants will receive from their current receiver corps, but the addition of Edwards or Boldin wouldn't suddenly make our offense unstoppable.  Let's not forget that Braylon Edwards led the league with 16 drops last season and Boldin has had injury problems.

Nicks, the 6'1" receiver from North Carolina, has been compared to Anquan Boldin.  Neither receiver ran an impressive 40 yard dash time, but they both have the skills needed to be successful in the NFL.  Nicks is a big, strong receiver with great hands.  He won't be the Giants' deep threat, but he'll be an excellent possession receiver that can make plays after the catch with his strength.  Nicks averaged 18 yards per reception during his final season with the Tarheels.

Barden is 6'6" and gives the Giants a tall red zone target.  Barden played at a lower-level of competition at Cal Poly, but dominated their as a big playmaker.  He averaged 25.7 yards per reception in 2007 and 18.8 yards per reception in 2008.

Beckum, the tight end from Wisconsin in the third round.  Beckum was quite the productive athlete in college.  He excelled as both a tight end and a linebacker.  Beckum isn't much of a blocker and Jerry Reese has said he will most likely be used as a H-Back.

Jerry Reese still hasn't ruled out the possibility of a trade for Braylon Edwards, saying  "we'll keep our options open".  However, I still feel we'll be fine without him and not make a trade for him.  Either way, In Jerry Reese I Trust.


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