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New York Giants' news, 4/18: NFL Draft now one week away

New York Giants' news and notes for Thursday morning.

Chance Warmack
Chance Warmack

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Business is picking up around the Giants with voluntary workouts ongoing and the 2013 NFL Draft now a week away. Today, media has locker room access for the first time during OTAs and GM Jerry Reese holds his pre-draft press conference. Before all of that happens, however, here are your morning links

Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper demand top-10 attention -

I think you can make the case that Alabama guard Chance Warmack is the single safest player in the draft. You can also make the very intelligent case that he is the single best player in this draft. Other than sheer foolishness or stubbornness, there is absolutely no reason Warmack shouldn't be a top-10 pick. The Arizona Cardinals, who hold the seventh overall pick, fielded a complete mess of an offensive line last year. The Buffalo Bills (picking eighth) lost Andy Levitre via free agency. The New York Jets (ninth) have a plethora of needs, including at both guard positions. If, for some reason, Warmack gets out of the top 10 -- the Tennessee Titans (10th) are the one team consistently projected to take a guard -- the San Diego Chargers (11th) and Miami Dolphins (12th) will be foaming at the mouth. And the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears -- picking 18th and 20th, respectively -- have to be hoping teams picking ahead of them are stunningly ignorant and reluctant. Line play for the Chargers, Bears and Cowboys was embarrassing last season.

And if, for some reason, Warmack gets out of the top 10, NFL executives who pass on him will rue the day. Warmack has "immediate impact" and "10-year All-Pro" written all over him.

North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper is also an excellent guard prospect who can step in right away and shine for a decade. All of the aforementioned teams should be salivating over this guy, too. As one NFL GM told me on Monday regarding the UNC product: "We are talking about a rare, rare athlete."

2013 Draft: New York Giants spotlight - CBSSports
Giants GM Jerry Reese has a well-earned reputation for building Super Bowl-caliber rosters, but salary cap and a few misses in recent drafts has built increased pressure to hit a home run in 2013.

Top 5 drafts in Giants history - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
The assignment was to rate the five best Giants draft classes of all time. This was no easy task. The Giants are a storied franchise ...

What Victor Cruz's Contract Negotations With the New York Giants Tell Us About CEO Pay - Forbes
Every economic act, including compensation, is a speculation.

Tuck: Kiwi's 'heart is set' on playing DE | New York Daily News

"I hope he’s a D-end," Tuck said. "I think that’s the best position for him. I think that’s what he wants to play.

"Obviously if you ask Mathias to play fullback he’ll run to do it. He’s that type of guy. He’s that type of player. He just wants to do what’s best for the team. But I know his heart is set on playing D-end and I think that’s what he’d be successful the most in."

[Related: Tuck reiterates passion for football]

Two days left to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets | ProFootballTalk
Any team interested in signing a restricted free agent to an offer sheet has only two days left to act. Don't hold your breath. Or any other bodily function. Teams simply don't do it.

Team needs: New York Giants | ProFootballTalk
Discount the Giants’ chances in a big game and risk feeling foolish. However, assuming they are postseason locks has been similarly dangerous in recent seasons. In the last four campaigns, the Giants have one Super Bowl title and three playoff misses. Here’s our look as the draft needs of a talented but sometimes inconsistent group.