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Aaron Ross, Steve Smith to Giants

Well, what do you guys think so far?

Texas cornerback Aaron Ross with the Giants first pick (20th overall) and wide receiver Steve Smith of USC in the second round (51st overall).

I'm a little surprised by the players chosen, but the picks definitely address two of the areas where the Giants obviously needed help.

Ross was thought by many to be the third-best corner available, with Darrelle Revis (who went to the Jets at 14) and Leon Hall (Cincinnati at 18) rated ahead of him.

Here's the scouting report on Ross from's Vic Carucci.

Positives: Size (6-foot-plus, 197 pounds), speed, and athleticism. ... Makes good use of long arms to knock receivers off their routes and knock down passes. ... Does an outstanding job of reading plays and knows how to react. ... Rarely fooled by play fakes or misdirection plays. ... Excellent ball skills. ... Can recover from missteps with strong closing burst.

Negatives: Given his size, he could stand to be more aggressive in run support.

With Sam Madison aging and Corey Webster unproductive in his first two seasons, Ross should push for playing time right away.

I wanted the Giants to take an impact defensive player with their first pick. Looks like that is what Jerry Reese tried to do. It also means Gerris Wilkinson will likely start at one linebacker slot.

Here's what Reese had to say about Ross.

"A big guy with long arms who can play that press coverage that our coordinator (Steve Spagnuolo) thinks thast we're probably going to play more of," Reese said of Ross. "He fits what we wanted to do. He was productive (last season) -- six interceptions, 19 pass break-ups."
As for Smith, here's the skinny from NFL Draft Countdown.
A smooth natural athlete with good quickness...Runs excellent routes and knows how to get open...Has reliable hands...Elusive after the catch...An above average blocker...Good body control...Tough and will work across the middle...Productive, got better every year and had some big games as a senior...A lot of experience.

Does not play as fast as he times...Lacks a burst and is not very explosive...Size, strength and bulk are average...Struggles to separate, won't stretch the field and is not a vertical threat...Has some character concerns...Was never really the main focus of opposing defenses...Durability is a question...Doesn't have much upside.

Most boards show Smith as a good value at the 51st pick. He was a very productive player at USC. He has been timed at 4.44 in the 40, but some question his speed.

The Giants obviously hope he will become the player they hoped Tim Carter would be. They obviously aren't sure what they will get from Amani Toomer or last year's second pick, Sinorice Moss.

Your thoughts?