New York Giants Receive Two Extra Draft Picks: Extra Credit

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin answers questions during a media session at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Giants are one of the 23 teams who received compensatory picks for the draft in April, according to the NFL.  

They received two additional sixth-round picks, bringing their total amount to eight, after trading their fifth-round pick to the Vikings in September for quarterback Sage Rosenfels and returner Darius Reynard.  

Compensatory picks are awarded by the NFL to teams that have lost more or better players in the previous offseason than they gained.

The G-Men received the picks after losing defensive tackle Fred Robbins and quarterback David Carr before the 2010 season.  

So how should these picks be used?  

They should probably draft another punter...NOT! Matt Dodge has reaffirmed my conviction that punters are a waited pick, no matter what round.  

I know the Giants' top priorities are linebackers, offensive linemen and maybe a few defensive backs, but hopefully those will be sufficiently addressed the first five rounds.  

So, what unexpected picks can the Giants make in the later rounds that will make sense?  

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A backup quarterback would be a solid pick. Late-round quarterbacks are low risk and sometimes big reward (a guy named Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick) and they could use a second backup.  

A tight end would also be a great target for the Giants during their sixth round mania. I was unimpressed with Kevin Boss last season and think that a talented tight end would be a big contribution to this offense.  

Finally, and not really a bold pick, is a receiver or defensive back that can return punts. The Giants' special teams was at times atrocious, and contributing to that was muffed punts.  

We''re just over a month way from seeing how it all pans out.