Injured TE Jake Ballard says even though tight end has been identified as a need in this draft, the Giants will not use their first round selection on one.
“They’re not going to,’’ said Ballard, at Thursday’s Mets’ game for the Citi Field kids program as per Brian Lewis of The Post. “I just don’t see us taking a tight end first round. We have too many other needs and we just signed Martellus Bennett and they have Bear Pascoe still, so it’s not like they’re huge needs right now. I guess they could surprise everybody; but I just don’t see it the way my coaches are talking.’’
Will the Giants miss Osi Umenyiora should the team deal him this weekend? LB Michael Boley says one man does not a team make.
As per Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger:
Boley pointed to the defense's success when Umenyiora was out due to injury last season as evidence that the defense can succeed if Umenyiora is traded during the offseason.
"If Osi's not around it won't change anything," Boley said last night at the ESPN The Mag Pre-Draft Party in Manhattan. "We got a good group of guys. Obviously, having Osi there is great, but with him not being there it's not going to change. Just like the times that he's been hurt, nothing changed."
My man over at WFAN - Paul Dottino - says the Giants will play it close to the vest all the way though the draft....and stick to their age-old policy of BPA...
"Giants GM Jerry Reese will look at the team’s draft board tonight at around 11:30 p.m. and continue the path that was set forth by the late George Young many years ago – he will prioritize the remaining lot by “best player available.”
The player on top of the list will have the edge in becoming the Giants’ first-round pick (No. 32 overall). Then, Reese will pause, taking a moment to see how many other prospects are within a thin grade of the player on top: Is the difference small enough that the team’s positional needs should come into play? After a brief discussion, the Giants will send in the card with their choice."