The reality is the Giants have plans in place. GM Jerry Reese plans through the draft. Will Beatty, Mitch Petrus and James Brewer are all in those plans. The team will give them a lot of latitude in proving their worth.
Add that to the fact that four other linemen: David Diehl, Chris Snee, David Baas and Kevin Boothe are going nowhere and you have seven players that are already on the roster. There is room for only two more OL, tops.
Center: It's Baas' job, get over it. Boothe is the backup.
Guard: Snee and Boothe are the 1-2 with Petrus in the wings.
Tackle: Beatty and Diehl will start with Brewer and TBD as backups.
Boothe won't be moved to tackle. He can play tackle, but only in an emergency, not by design.
The Giants may also take a look at a free agent: Kareem McKenzie. Think about it. He's 33 and probably won't garner a ton of FA offers. He is a NJ native and has lived in NJ for 12 years, playing for only the Jets and Giants in his career. He may simply just take the Giants offer to stay close to home.
Many bloggers never take factors such as relocating into account when predicting where players will land. McKenzie might take a few bucks less to stay with the Giants for another year rather than uproot.
My take: The team covets their draft picks. Beatty has already won the starting spot at LT. Had he not gotten injured (detached retina), he would have stayed there all season. Reese is confident Petrus will be a starter as well. Brewer has not been given much of an opportunity to show us where he is developmentally, but we will see that shortly.
The Giants do not have all seven of their draft picks as we have reported. In September of 2010, the Giants traded their fifth-rounder in last year's draft along with an unconditional draft choice this year for WR Darius Reynaud and QB Sage Rosenfels. Neither is with the team any longer.
There is a possibility the team recoups that draft pick and another later this month when the league announces the compensatory selections. The process is based on the amount and quality of players lost/signed in free agency. The Giants lost WR Steve Smith, TE Kevin Boss and DT Barry Cofield and signed only C David Baas. That should be good for at least a fourth or fifth rounder.