SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Giants should focus on upgrading the offensive line in this Week's NFL Draft rather than select another weapon at WR in the first round.
It’s not an implausible scenario. In fact, some in the NFL can envision at least one of the top two receivers — Alabama’s Amari Cooper or West Virginia’s Kevin White — slipping into the Giants’ lap. And if they do, several Giants sources insisted drafting yet another receiver will get strong consideration.Most Giant fans would be frothing at the mouth if Cooper or White were still on the board at No. 9 when the Giants select. There will a hot debate in the Giants' war room, but cooler heads will likely prevail. If Brandon Scherff is still on the board, the Giants should not let him get away. If he is not, then they can take a WR and count their blessings.
But Giants general manager Jerry Reese must resist. This is the time and the draft to focus on the offensive line.
With several teams looking to move into the Top 10 this week, the Giants may end up finding themselves in a position to trade up or down. ESPN's Dan Graziano believes the Giants are no longer in need of quantity in the draft and are focused more on quality this year. Moving up for the right player might be the thing to do...
I believe the Giants should stay on their toes if a defensive difference-maker such as Leonard Williams or Dante Fowler Jr. slips past the top four or five. Trading up for a player like that makes sense, as long as the price is reasonable, and my information indicates that the Giants are thinking about it. The issue is that Williams looks like Oakland's top choice at No. 4 and Fowler looks like Washington's top choice at No. 5. So it's unlikely the Giants could offer either of those teams enough to convince them to pass on the player they love and move all the way down to No. 9. But drafts are unpredictable, as we are reminded every year at this time. And while it's a long shot, the Giants are right to be doing their work on Williams, Fowler and what it might take to get them.
In other news, QB Eli Manning, who is entering the final year of his contract, told reporters that "nothing has been brought up in regards to an extension or new deal (Raanan, Apr 26).