Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some Giants-related items for you on this final Saturday before the 2012 NFL Draft.
NOTE: This is from former Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian, ranking teams since 2009. It is an ESPN Insider piece.
Best value pick: WR Hakeem Nicks (2009: Rd. 1, 29)
Cornerstone pick: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (2010: Rd. 1, 15)
Eli Manning and a revamped receiving corps coupled with a great pass-rushing defense featuring blue-chippers up front and in the secondary garnered the Lombardi trophy. Terrific job by Jerry Reese and company to build a second Super Bowl team in four years. Keep an eye on 2011 first-round CB Prince Amukamara. He's unproven after missing most of his rookie year to injury, but he has upside and could enter blue territory.
Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie signs three-year, $3.45 million contract extension | NJ.com
Under contract through 2015.
NY Giants' Chad Jones takes steps toward recovery from car accident - NY Daily News
There’s likely nobody happier to be at the Giants’ offseason workout program than safety Chad Jones, because there was a time when no one thought he’d be here at all.
Giants' Kevin Boothe recalls his Super Bowl XLVI matchup with Patriots' Vince Wilfork | NJ.com
Boothe is part of an offensive line that could go through plenty of shuffling before the start of the season. At this point, no one seems to know how it’s going to shake out.
"I have no idea," said Boothe, who played guard and center last season. "I haven’t even talked to the coaches. You can’t yet. So we’ll see. I guess we’ll start to get a better idea in the next few weeks when we start doing on the field work.
"But you have to be prepared for anything. Whatever it takes to help the team win." Boothe is working to control the only thing he can.
"Well, anything can happen, so I try to focus on improving my game and see what I need improvement on. Watch a little bit of football on my own in preparation in meeting with the coaches," he said, adding with a smile: "I’m sure there are things I think I’m okay with that need to improve once I start meeting with (offensive line coach Pat) Flaherty. But it’s a good time to see everybody and get the workouts started and we’ll be excited to get out on the field in a couple of weeks."
WATCH: Hubbuch on Giants draft - NYPOST.com
The Giants may pick the best available player at No. 32, an NFL Draft strategy that served GM Jerry Reese well before.
Two weeks from now, Eli Manning will host "Saturday Night Live" for the first time. Derek Jeter remembers how he felt when he did it in 2001.