Trying to predict the New York Giants' 53-man roster today, four months before the season begins, is an impossible task. We haven't seen a mini-camp, a training camp practice, a preseason game, or -- and yes, they will happen -- an injury yet. The Giants probably aren't even done adding veteran free agents. So, there really is no way to know what the roster will end up looking like.
So, why try? Well, why not? This will be wrong -- maybe very wrong -- but following the 2014 NFL Draft it gives us an idea what roster battles are looming and what decisions head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese will have to make
Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib, Josh Freeman
In this projection the Giants see enough good things that they keep both Freeman and Nassib. The real question? Which guy ends up dressing every Sunday as the No. 2 quarterback?
Running Back (4)
Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, Andre Williams, Peyton Hillis
It's a coin flip here between Hill and Michael Cox for the final spot. Hillis gets the nod in this projection, just based on experience. The best news here is that there seems to be less and less doubt that Wilson will be available this season.
Sorry, Henry Hynoski. There is, simply, no room at the inn. Carrying two fullbacks, even though both Connor and Hynoski are good at the job, doesn't seem realistic without compromising the roster elsewhere. It would hardly be a surprise if Hynoski ends up winning the job in the end. In this projection, though, he's the odd man out.
Wide Receiver (5)
Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr., Reuben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Mario Manningham
There just doesn't seem to be a way to carry a sixth receiver.
Tight End (3)
Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Kellen Davis
Until further notice, this is your trio of Giants' tight ends for 2014.
Offensive Line (9)
Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Chris Snee, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Brandon Mosley, John Jerry, Charles Brown
So long, James Brewer. Jerry and Brown were signed because they are more talented and more experienced than Brewer. Mosley impressed in the preseason a year ago and should be kept. This projection would mean another year on the practice squad for Eric Herman, a seventh-round pick a year ago.
Defensive Tackle (5)
Johnathan Hankins, Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Jay Bromley, Kelcy Quarles
See ya, Markus Kuhn. Quarles, a guy many thought would be a Day 2 draft pick, makes the team as an undrafted free agent.
Defensive End (4)
Jason Pierre-Paul, Robert Ayers, Damontre Moore, Mathias Kiwanuka
Sorry, Giants' fans. I don't see how Kiwanuka is NOT making this team.
Jon Beason, Jamaal McClain, Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich
Tough call here. Devon Kennard, the fifth-round pick out of USC, ends up on the practice squad. Really, the choice was between Kennard, an extra cornerback, and safety Nat Behre, also drafted in the fifth round.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond, Trumaine McBride, Jayron Hosley, Zack Bowman
After the Giants cornered the market on cornerbacks in free agency, Charles James loses out here. James appears to be out of practice squad eligibility as he was on the active roster for too many games last season, so in this scenario the Giants lose him.
Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps, Cooper Taylor, Nat Behre
Behre makes the squad. Nothing to really go on here since it will be a while yet before we see these guys on the field. The Giants chose Behre before Kennard in the draft, so he makes the roster instead of Kennard here.
Placekicker -- Josh Brown
Punter -- Steve Weatherford
Long-snapper -- Zak DeOssie
Nice knowin' ya, Trindon Holliday. The Giants don't have a roster spot for a guy who can only return, not when they have Beckham Jr., Demps, Hosley, possibly Wilson, and other players who can return AND contribute at other positions.