New York Giants' news, 4/25: Cruz -- draft Mike Evans

Mike Evans - Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants' headlines for Friday, 4/25.

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here are a few Giants-related headlines for your Friday morning reading pleasure.

Wide receiver Victor Cruz wants the team to draft a wide receiver in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, saying "we definitely need some help" after losing Hakeem Nicks in free agency.

"I think that's something we need back in this offense to be successful. An outside guy that can do the job and that can help fuel all the other receivers in the locker room and put some fire up under them to get them where they have to be."

Cruz knows the guy he wants, too -- Mike Evans of Texas A&M:

"He's a guy that's a big body that can get down the field, that can catch the ball with strength over his head, around defenders," Cruz said. "He's a guy that I watched a lot during his college tenure and that I'm excited about."

Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and Washington State safety Deone Bucannon were among NFL Draft prospects who visited the Giants on Thursday.

We wrote Thursday about the 10-year anniversary of the trade that brought Eli Manning to New York. Manning talked to the New York Post about the deal:

"It was never exactly the plan to play for New York," Manning said. "It was never, ‘Hey, I want to play here, figure out a way to get here.' I never expressed that. I kind of was rolling the dice with Oakland and Arizona, if San Diego didn't pick me, they would have the option, and I visited with Oakland, went out there, and those things. I knew New York was at No. 4, and I think just the history of the New York Giants ... the traditions, the ownership with the Mara and the Tisch family ... you knew that they were about football. They're about winning. They're about doing everything they could do to be committed to building a great football team each and every year and having a great organization.

"So I think that was always really a wish that I'd end up in New York - I didn't know how it would happen. I never thought about being drafted to San Diego, the Giants drafting Philip Rivers and trading us. That was never in my mind that that was a possibility."

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