Jordan Raanan of NJ Advanced Media is one of the embedded writers covering the Giants' beat, filling the role once held by Mike Garafolo. He gets to, and does, ask the tough questions and usually takes some heat for doing so.
During GM Jerry Reese's presser on Tuesday, Raanan drew the ire with an exchange over Reese's poor track record in the mid-to-late rounds of the NFL Draft.
Raanan went on to research the Giants' performance in those rounds and found that, indeed, the Giants were at the bottom of the list.
The Giants had just six "hits" from those rounds going back to Reese's first draft, 2007. The Green Bay Packers were at the top of the list with 14 hits.
The fact of the matter is the damage has been done. Reese has only drafted four players who have appeared in the Pro Bowl: WR Steve Smith, LS Zak DeOssie, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and WR Odell Beckham, Jr.
S Antrel Rolle and WR Victor Cruz, two free agents signed by Reese, have also appeared in the Pro Bowl, but overall, Reese truly has not had a lot of hits over the nine drafts during his tenure as GM.
He has done better of late, but even he admits it's not really because of him.
"Mid to late rounds, you have lesser talent in the mid to late rounds," Reese said. "We've missed on some guys. Gotten good players out of mid to late rounds. You have lesser talent, to be frank, from mid to late rounds....If you pick in the top 10, top 12, you get some higher-quality talent."
The Giants have the 10th overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. With the Giants needing help at every single defensive position and every offensive position with the exception of QB and WR, Reese has his work cut out for him.
"We got a lot of situations personnel-wise that we need to fix," Reese said. "We'll try to do some, like always, with free agency. We'll get some quality players up there where we're picking in the draft this time. We expect to get good players in the draft, we expect to get good players in free agency."
"Somebody wrote me yesterday saying, "You're taking some haymakers." But that's part of the business," Reese said of his performance. "I just know that if you lose eight games by 26 points, most of them in the last seconds of the game, you're not that far away, no matter what you say the personnel is. Things can be fixed and they can be fixed quickly."
Let's hope he does, for everyone's sake.