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Not much to talk about, but finances are always in fashion. According to spotrac.com, the Giants are $3,824,382 under the salary cap.?That calculation is based on the below from spotrac:

The dead money consists of prorated bonuses paid to: Ahmad Bradshaw (2.5 mil), Chris Canty (1.7 mil), Michael Boley (1.4 mil), Osi Umenyiora (1 mil), Greg Jones (100,132), Matt McCants (66,174), Marcus Davis (15,000), Martin Parker (5,000)

The injured reserve balance (405k) is allocated to CB Antonio Dennard, who was waived/injured on May 16th but is not listed on Injured Reserve on the team's website.

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As expected, the 2014 NFL Draft will be moved from it's traditional slot at the end of April to early May due a conflict at the venue (Radio City Music Hall). No further plans - including keeping the draft in New York City - have been revealed. The draft is a Thursday-Saturday event, as always, so you can get off the ledge - it won't interfere with Mother's Day.

From the league:

NFL teams were notified today that, due to a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall, the 2014 NFL Draft will be held on May 8-10 in New York at Radio City.

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Due to a scheduling conflict, the NFL Draft is being moved to mid-May next year. Radio City Music Hall is instituting a spring show featuring the Rockettes, therefore bumping the draft back a few weeks.

Commissioner Roger Goodell stated today at the league meetings in Boston that the league may eventually look to move the draft out of the Big Apple if the RCMH conflict goes on past next year:

"We haven't found the location in New York that meets our requirements and where we think we can continue to grow the event. If we do, that will be one of the alternatives. I think one of the things we have to do at some point is start looking at other cities."

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The final day of the NFL Draft was winding down and UMass RB Michael Cox was minutes away from becoming either Mr. Irrelevant or an undrafted free agent.

The Chicago Bears had used all their picks but still wanted Cox, and were angling to sign him after the draft. They were on the phone with Cox talking turkey when another team cut into the call.

?I was literally about to sign (with Chicago). I had the paperwork ready and was about to set that all up,? Cox said as per Matt Vautour of gazettenet.com. ?They put me on hold for a second. That?s when New York called and it was Coughlin. He said ?we?re going to draft you in a couple seconds here.??

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Clouds and rain in the forecast here in the Big Apple today. If you're wondering what the Giants are up to, here it is. They will be at TPC for OTA sessions on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Scheduled OTAs (voluntary):?May 22-23, May 29-31, June 3-7

Mandatory minicamp:?June 11-13

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The Giants announced the following roster moves today:

TE Michael Palmer and CB Antonio Dennard were waived/injured. The Giants filled one of the openings by signing TE Morgan Newton, who was an invited to last week's rookie minicamp.

From Rotoworld: Palmer just signed with the Giants last weekend after spending his first three seasons with the Falcons. Dennard spent all of 2012 on the Jaguars' practice squad.?

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GM Jerry Reese feels Ohio OL Eric Herman will compete for a spot on the O-Line.

After a season of watching his team get manhandled by opponents week after week, Giants CEO John Mara sent a mandate to executives on the football side to retool the trenches. On defense, they brought in three new tackles. On offense, they are bringing back all their starters from last season plus two draft picks: the top choice, Justin Pugh of Syracuse, and a seventh-round selection out of Ohio by the name of Eric Herman.

It's way too early to tell who will deliver and who will not, but the Giants may have found their new Rich Seubert in Herman. Then again, they may have another Mitch Petrus on their hands.

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Now that rookie minicamp has come and gone, what have we learned, if anything?

Well, for starters, the team showed us they are still not content with the interior of the defensive line and their linebackers.

At DT, they added another veteran this week in journeyman Frank Okum which now gives them eight DTs heading into minicamp next month. Linval Joseph is currently the only DT on the roster that has played a full season for the Giants.

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OT Justin Pugh

The Giants completed their first day of rookie minicamp at TPC under sunny skies and warm temperatures on Friday. They will not be so fortunate today as clouds, rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for most of the day.

What you need to know about yesterday:

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The Giants rookie class of 2013...top row: GM Jerry Reese, Justin Pugh, Jonathan Hankins, Damontre Moore, Ryan Nassib, coach Tom Coughlin...bottom row: Cooper Taylor, Eric Herman, Michael Cox

Top pick OL Justin Pugh was asked if there was any pressure coming into TPC and if anything has changed over the last week for him:

"Not really. I?ve been playing football my whole life, so I want to just go out there and play football. When you?re on the field, you don?t really think about all the outside aspects. You just think about playing your game and that?s just something I?m going to continue to do and something I?ve been doing, so I?m used to it."DE Damontre Moore was said to be immature and a slacker by some. That's not the case now that he's a pro. He's in the right mindset to become part of the Giants DE rotation:

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The New York Giants have signed four of their draftees to four-year rookie deals today: second-round pick DT Jonathan Hankins, third-round selection DT Damontre Moore, fifth-round pick S Cooper Taylor and seventh-rounder RB Michael Cox.

They also signed six free agents. Full list below...

Draft Picks

  • Hankins, Jonathan - DT - Ohio State
  • Moore, Damontre - DE - Texas A&M
  • Taylor, Cooper - DS - Richmond
  • Cox, Michael - RB - Massachusetts
As per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Taylor was signed to a $2.34 million deal that includes $187,252 bonus.

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From Matthew Cohen SNYGiants special contributor:

In the typical post-draft postmortems, we are hearing the typical complaining.

?Oh the Giants should have drafted a linebacker. So and so was available in round 4.?

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On Friday, the Giants will open their rookie minicamp at TPC. All seven draft picks from last weekend's NFL Draft will be in attendance, plus seven more UDFAs signed after the draft. The Giants will also host nine unsigned players who will be "trying out" for the team as well as other players who still qualify as rookies.

The Giants currently have 84 of the 90 roster spots spoken for. They had 77 players already under contract before the draft and seven more slots are being reserved for the UDFAs they signed afterward. They will obviously have to make room on the roster for one of those in order to stay under 90.

Then, they will have to release a player each time they come to a contract agreement with a draftee.

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GM Jerry Reese was mandated to address the trenches in the offseason by John Mara.

For years I've been buying into the Giants' company line of selecting the best player available in the draft. Looking over the recent drafts, I'm beginning to believe that philosophy is not entirely true.

Inside the walls of TPC, the Giants compile their draft board with a predilection for certain players. Their criteria goes beyond the film room, the college all-star games, the combine and the pro days. The ultimate decision to draft a player is reached through an assortment of factors: talent, upside, maturity, character and yes - need.

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I?m looking forward to just coming in and learning from the best in the game. There are so many talented people there. I just want to come in closed-mouth and open-minded and let everything soak in because they have such a successful history and so many talented people there.

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The draft has been over for a week and still there are plenty of critics firing shots at the Giants' selections. Most fans are upset the team bypassed several quality linebackers to choose a DT they could have gotten later in the draft, and a QB who may never see the field in a Giant uniform.

I, for one, would have liked to see at least one corner taken, but they curiously seem to satisfied with what they have. Not sure why they feel that way, but they must have their reasons. Perhaps they glossed over the parts in the game tapes where their secondary looked overmatched, overwhelmed and completely confused. Sadly, there were way too many of those moments.

Corey Webster was a mess last season, burned on-on-one and in zones. He looked lost out there some games.

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One of the interesting UDFAs that will be coming into TPC next week will be Virginia Tech WR Marcus Davis, a 6'4", 232 lb former QB who registered the highest vertical jump of any wideout at the NFL Combine in March.

Davis was projected by some to be a middle-round selection in last week's draft, but teams shied away, leaving him undrafted and available for Jerry Reese to scoop up. The Giants are no strangers to the Hokie football program, selecting RB David Wilson and CB Jayron Hosley in last year's draft and then signing Davis and CB/ST Alonzo Tweedy to UDFA deals this year.

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The discussion rages on across the internet and talk radio on whether the Giants used their first two picks in last week's draft wisely. ?We believe the team may not have taken the "best players available" according to consensus, but took the best players that fit their model.

Over the years, the Giants have made some curious selections in the early rounds. Some have worked out, others have not. Which of those categories will the this year's top two selections (OL Justin Pugh and DL Jonathan Hankins) fall under?

More from Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast:

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Ball St OL Kitt O'Brien (6'5", 325) is one of nine unsigned players invited to Giants' rookie camp.

According to SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News, the Giants have room for only six UDFAs on their current roster. If they are to sign the seven players that claim they have signed contracts with them, one other player must be released for the team to adhere to the 90-player limit.

Per Ralph:

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New York Giants 2013 Draft Picks

Rd 1, pick 19: Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse

Rd 2, pick 49: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

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Head coach Tom Coughlin called in to the Mike Francesa Show on WFAN here in New York this afternoon to discuss the draft class of 2013.

On the overall perception of the draft:?"We feel good about the draft. I've always been a big believer that if you strengthen your offensive and defensive lines and create and have enough big people you have a chance to compete. We've got good players here, we supplemented with some youngsters that we really look forward to having them come in. We took the QB Nassib, who we were very high on, the grades were extremely high. He was the highest-ranked player when we took him, and then we added some guys at the bottom that are very, very interesting.

"Cooper Taylor, for example. A big safety who can run, is very smart who had a lot of statistics throughout his career. Eric Herman - a guy who'll fight ya, a battler who helped his team rush for 175 yards against Penn State."

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Doug Marrone, the former Syracuse head coach who was hired this winter to do the same for the Buffalo Bills, is feeling bittersweet about his first selection in the this year's NFL Draft: Florida State QB EJ Manuel.

Bills' GM Buddy Nix and Marrone both agreed the Bills needed to start over at QB and made the decision to take Manuel over Ryan Nassib, Marrone's QB at Syracuse, to lead their club into the future. Many felt that player would be Nassib, but the Bills needed to start this new chapter in their history with the right player under center.

"I don?t think I was very conflicted," Marrone said when asked about taking Manuel over Nassib. "I think that at the end of the day there are a lot of good quarterbacks in the draft and we were able to take the best quarterback that we felt fit us here in our situation in Buffalo."

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According to SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News, the Giants have reportedly signed eight undrafted free agents (UDFAs) since the draft ended on Saturday Night:

LSU TE Chase Clement, Virginia Tech WR Marcus Davis, Mount Union LB Charles Dieuseul, Charleston Southern DB Charles James, Ohio State LB Etienne Sabino, Virginia Tech S Alonzo Tweedy, Louisville RB Jeremy Wright

[sny-box]UPDATE 1:30PM: South Carolina RB Kenny Miles did not agree to sign with the Giants. According to Ralph, he's headed to Washington...[/sny-box]

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Jimmy Kempski was the guy who first alerted us the Giants had serious interest in OL Justin Pugh. Here's Jimmy's deeper look at the Giants' top pick in this year's NFL Draft:

After the Giants selected Justin Pugh in the 1st round, I gave?my initial thoughts on him, and noted that I had a bitter taste in my mouth about him throughout the months leading up to the draft because of what I saw of him in the Senior Bowl game:

There was a series in the Senior Bowl game where Pugh absolutely had his lunch eaten on (I believe) 3 consecutive plays. Just an ugly series through and through. It?s something that I haven?t been able to get past any time his name came up during the pre-draft process.
Since then, I went back and took a look at some more tape of Pugh. I re-watched that series in the Senior Bowl (it was worse than I remembered), as well as his performances vs Rutgers and Pitt in 2012, and vs Pitt in 2011.

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The draft is over and many Giant fans aren't sure what to make of it. Many were clamoring for a linebacker and a corner, but instead, the club followed the marching orders of CEO John Mara and got bigger and badder.

Mara was clearly embarrassed by the way the Giants were schooled in the trenches last season and publicly stated the team would be addressing the problem in the offseason. Linebackers and cornerbacks aren't the answer to that issue, so the team took the best offensive lineman in front of them and followed it with a huge defensive tackle.

I'm not sure how much a Khaseem Greene or Arthur Brown would have contributed to the Giants this season anyway. The Giants would probably only use them in their base defense, which is about 60% of the snaps in a normal game, employing the three safety look the other 40%.

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The Giants are a better team today than they were Thursday afternoon. In a draft that featured few marquee names, the Giants took what was in front of them in the first three rounds and then decided to roll the dice a bit. This draft will naturally define their future one way or another.

Round 1, Pick 19: Justin Pugh, OL Syracuse - A safe, solid pick. Pugh can play all five positions on the line and is a natural leader. The Giants are not concerned that Pugh has shorter arms than most teams prefer in an OT. He can flat-out block no matter where he plays. Defenders aren't going stop to measure his arms when they line up against him. Pugh is an intelligent, high-character kid that fits the Giants' offensive line template. ?He was not the best OL in this draft, but he may be the right one for the Giants. He will be a stalwart like the men before him who helped the Giants win championships: O'Hara, Snee, Seubert, Diehl, but more. A natural leader who will be a huge part of the franchise's future core. Grade B+

Round 2, Pick 49: Jonathan Hankins, DT Ohio State - A big body with a reputation for a lack of quickness and a questionable motor. The Giants feel otherwise. Hankins was on the field every play and wore down during games because what 320 lb guy wouldn't? The Giants will fix that issue by increasing his stamina and placing him in the D-line rotation, where he'll still be fresh in the fourth quarter. ?He's a run-stuffer, plain and simple. They need as many of those as they can get. Grade: B

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Not sure what to make of Day Three of the NFL Draft from a Giants point of view. Like I said, NFL rosters are stuck at 53 (why the NFLPA allowed this in the new CBA is still baffling to me...rosters should be at least 60 players) and the the Giants already had 53 players they could live with before this draft began.

But today was a bizarre day for Giant followers. The team traded up for QB Ryan Nassib, a player they hope never plays a down for them. They followed with a 6'5" safety in Cooper Taylor, a kid with a history of physical issues. They finished off the draft with a powerful guard in Eric Herman (36 BP reps at the combine) and Michael Cox, a tall RB that might make the club as a third down back and special teamer.

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GM Jerry Reese feels Ohio OL Eric Herman will compete for a spot on the O-Line.

The Giants had a draft that left us all bewildered. There are some established players in there: some All-Americans and some All-Academics. Then there are some that are so far under the radar, we're still digging ourselves for some intel. Here's what Reese had to say about the team's final three selections in today's draft:

I?ll talk about the last 3 picks. Cooper Taylor from Richmond is a transfer from Georgia Tech ? big size-speed safety that we think has a really nice upside. I can envision him honestly on special teams with that size and speed. I can envision him being that third safety in some the three-safety looks that (defensive coordinator) Perry Fewell likes to use sometimes. A big, tough guy, we like his skill set. He?s got some redeeming qualities that we liked and he?ll create some competition in the backfield with our safety group.

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The Giants have made Richmond safety Cooper Taylor their fifth round selection in the NFL Draft. Taylor is oversized for a safety and may project as and OLB in the NFL.

Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond Height: 6-5 Weight: 235 Projected 40 Time: 4.69 Projected Round : 5-7

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Giants' GM Jerry Reese surprised Giant fans this afternoon by trading up to select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. The team has been searching for a longterm solution to back up Eli Manning and Nassib is their kind of player. Here's what Reese had to say about Nassib today:

(Ryan) Nassib, the highest player on our board, so we talked about it early this morning that if he was still there, there was no way we were going to pass him up again because he has too much value. We?ve been thinking about developing a quarterback behind Eli (Manning) for a while now and we think this is a perfect opportunity for us to get a young quarterback with a lot of talent ? very smart, high test score, very productive, and again the value was too high for us to move on from. When (USC Quarterback Matt) Barkley went, we were like, ?Wow, this guy is not going to be there? and so we thought it was in our best interest to move up a few spots if we could and we made several calls and finally got somebody who wanted to make the trade and we did it.Q: It?s interesting that you pick a guy who is highly rated, but I assume you hope he doesn?t ever really play for you??A: Yeah, if he doesn?t ever play, that would be great. That?s a good problem to have. If he needs to play, we?re hoping that whatever time that is that he?ll be up and ready to go if it ever happens that way. With respect to how many quarterbacks we?ll keep on the roster, we don?t know. We used to keep three quarterbacks all the time and I think we went to two for the last several years and usually have a guy on the practice squad. We could very well keep three quarterbacks, so we?ll make that decision when it?s time. Right now we have four quarterbacks on the roster.

Q: Does he have special teams value??A: No, he?s just a quarterback. I don?t think it?s in our best interest to play him on special teams.

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From Jimmy Kempski:

Here?s what I wrote in my Giants ?Draft Priorities? piece?earlier this week:

Eli Manning hasn?t missed a start in 135 games, which makes him the ?NFL Ironman? at the QB position. In fact, only 2 other QBs have a streak half that long:

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The Giants traded their fourth round pick (#116) and their sixth round selection (#187) to the Arizona Cardinals for the Cards' fourth round pick (#110).

New York then selected Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib at 110. The Cardinals have subsequently taken OL Earl Watford of James Madison at 116.

The Giants have only three pick remaining - a fifth rounder (152) and two seventh rounders (225 and 253).

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The Giants made a surprise move this afternoon at the NFL Draft by trading up in Round 4 to select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib.?The team has been angling to groom a young QB to back up Eli Manning for several years now and today they pulled the trigger.

Manning has not missed a game since breaking into the lineup in Week 9 of the 2004 season, and the Giants may feel they need to add another option to compete with David Carr at backup QB, who is only under contract for this season.

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Some staff reactions to the Giants second and third round draft picks, DT Jonathan Hankins of Ohio St and DE Damontre Moore of Texas A&M:

Jim Mancari:?The Giants have struck gold in the past with defensive linemen, so why not try to continue the trend? Even though the team brought in Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson and is expecting a healthy return of Shaun Rogers, those guys are all on the tail end of their careers. Johnathan Hankins from Ohio State reminds me of big Vince Wilfork as a guy who takes up a ton of space along the defensive line. If he shows in training camp that he's the real deal, he will see significant time and may even earn a starting role. It's amazing how someone that big can be so explosive, and judging by the tapes, Hankins has shown he can get into the backfield. Nice pick.

Damontre Moore seems to be more of a long-term project. He played both defensive end and linebacker at Texas A&M, similar to Mathias Kiwanuka's role for the Giants. Moore can really learn a lot from Kiwi. Not much will be expected from him right away since his path is currently blocked by Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul -- and Kiwi for that matter. Moore's combine numbers were a bit weak, but it looks like Jerry Reese drafted him more so on his potential, which could wind up blossoming in Big Blue. Solid pick definitely.

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In just three rounds, the Giants have begun to change the face of their offensive and defensive lines. Top pick Justin Pugh will bring some versatility and stability back to to the o-line and Jon Hankins is a beast of kid the team plans to plopping in the middle of defensive line rotation.

DE Damontre Moore needs work, but show me one 20 year-old besides Dwight Gooden that didn't. Moore was a consensus All-American as a junior last year and was projected to be a top-ten pick. He is a sack-machine that for some unknown reason slipped to the Giants in Round Three. If it was for off-the-field reasons, the Giants aren't buying in. I smell steal here, folks.

The knock on Hankins is that he wore out during games. That's because the idiot evaluating him forgot to tell you that Hankins played every down. He never came of the field. What 320 lb man would not be exhausted after busting it for three hours without a break?

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The Giants are not pleased with the way other teams have been trampling them in recent years on the ground. They needed to upgrade their interior defensive line and signed veteran DTs Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson to help plug up the middle.

But more was needed.

Enter Ohio State's mammoth DT Jonathan Hankins, 6'3", 320lb youngster who the Giants hope will be the run stopper they have been desperately seeking. They took him with the 49th overall pick last night at the NFL Draft.

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Sam Spiegelman: It should not have been too much of a surprise to see the Giants draft Justin Pugh at Pick 19 last night. For weeks, the Giants have been linked to an offensive tackle with their first selection; but with former Alabama lineman D.J. Fluker off the board the team simply went with their second-best at the position.

Other candidates to go at 19 included Manti Te'o, Alec Ogletree, Desmond Trufant and D.J. Hayden, among others. Like many other teams, the Giants must not have considered Te'o a solid first-round pick. Teams had similar concerns about Ogletree, who appeared to be slipping into Round 2 before Atlanta traded back into the first round to nab him. And apparently, the Giants are comfortable with their secondary to add depth in later rounds.

Jim Mancari: The Giants have been known for using their first-round pick on defense, and if there was ever a year to continue that trend, this was it. But the team also had a need along the offensive line and addressed it by taking Justin Pugh. Draft experts say that Pugh is a polished and versatile offensive lineman, and the Giants claimed he was the best available player at No. 19. That versatility will be key, since the Giants current offensive line has three players (David Diehl, Chris Snee and David Baas) who are all over 30 and have dealt with injuries in their careers. Regardless of if Pugh wins a starting job, he's bound to see extended time, and he actually projects better as a guard than a tackle. One thing that benefits him is that he will have three veteran linemen in Diehl, Snee and Baas to learn from. This kid better have his notepad with him at all times.

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The Giants have the 17th pick in Round Two (49) and the 19th selection in Round Three (81). We know they let the draft come to them, so it's always hard to predict what they are thinking until their time to pick comes.

They still need cornerback, linebacker, defensive line and would you believe running back? Last night, I led you in the right direction. Let's see if I can do that again today.

OT Menelik Watson is still on the board. Not sure if he'll be there at 17 or if the Giants will consider another OT.

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The Giants finally drafted a lineman in the first round - Syracuse's Justin Pugh. Many pundits and GMs liked that about him, but now that he is a pro, where will he fit best - tackle, guard or center? The Giants like him at tackle, but his arrival makes the whole line suddenly more youthful and versatile.

Some thoughts from the coach and the front office:

Head coach Tom Coughlin:?"He is a very technically sound player. He has performed at the left tackle position. We think he can play right tackle. We have even talked about the versatility that he presents because he has big hands and perhaps he is even a guy that could be considered as a center if we thought we needed that. So versatility ? smart ? technically sound ? a guy that we think can grasp the system right away and be in a position to help us out as a young player in a position that is not easy to play right away. And that is the offensive line at the professional level."On if he will start out at RT:?"Well, that is probably what will happen. But we will look at the rest of the draft and see what happens to come our way. And at the end of that we will assess our depth and see where we think we should start him out. He has been a tackle. I would expect him to stay there. Whether he goes over to the right side or not, and how fast he goes over there ? we will have to decide."

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The Giants entertained some trades and then sweated out their turn last night, but got a player that GM Jerry Reese said would have made one of his mentors, George Young, smile.

"George, I?m sure he?d smile about it. George (said) you win with big people. You win with big people and you?ve got to have them. We are going to have another young guy in our offensive line fold that we really like."

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What was it like when you first got the call from the Giants telling you that they were going to select you?

It was surreal. This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid playing tackle football in my backyard. I got the phone call and there was about four minutes left on the clock. I saw that 201 number and knew who it was. I turned the TV down, I got a big smile on my face and it was crazy. Coach Coughlin was like ?Welcome to the Giants.? It was amazing.

The Giants said they really liked your versatility. Would you be comfortable moving to right tackle after playing left tackle as a starter?

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In my bones, I had a feeling Pugh would be wearing blue. He wasn't going to be there for Jerry Reese in Round Two, so he grabbed him at 19. Was it a reach? We'll see, but the Giants have been high on Pugh for some time and tonight validated that.

Here is what Walter Football had to say about Justin Pugh:

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From SNYGiants special correspondent Bobby Guarente at the Timex Performance Center:

New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese seemed very confident with the selection of OT Justin Pugh of Syracuse. He said Pugh was the highest-rated guy they had left on their board.

The team is not sure which position he'll start off at, but Reese projects Pugh to be a LT/RT or either guard. Some scouts have him playing center.

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The New York Giants selected OT Justin Pugh with the 19th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Pugh, out of Syracuse University, started 34 games for the Orange. He earned All-Big East honors in three consecutive seasons (second team as sophomore, first team as junior and senior).

Via The Juice, SNY.tv's Syracuse blog:

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