Good morning, friends. We're almost there. One day before the draft starts, here's your latest New York Giants news.
First, let's get started with something on the lighter side: NFL pros sharing their favorite draft day memories. I consider this "lighter" because No. 1 is a certain New York Giants quarterback holding up a San Diego Chargers jersey with a look on his face that's... not exactly exuberant, we'll say.
"The draft was an exciting time. It's a little unique. You have no idea where you're going to be living next year. And you don't get to choose. It's not like college where you say, ‘I want to go here.' You're just kind of sitting there and saying, ‘All right, I may be moving to Cleveland. I may be moving to New York. I may be moving to California.' It is an exciting kind of just wait to see where you'll be pursuing your career and your dream of playing football.
National NFL and college beat writers came together for a massive mock draft. NJ.com Jordan Raanan pegged Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin to the Giants at No. 12, and his first sentence of analysis is really all you need:
It's boring, it's bland but it's the Giants.
Martin's obviously been a popular pick for the Giants this week; another has been North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, though as Ed rounded up yesterday, at least one report suggests the Giants have taken him off their draft board due to "personality red flags." Alas, Ebron was the pick in NJ.com's most recent in-house mock draft.
Ralph Vacchiano from the Daily News opines on this being a "make-or-break" draft for general manager Jerry Reese.
"Sometimes you just miss on guys, and we've done that," Reese admitted. "Sometimes there are injuries, and some of the guys have panned out. It's personnel and there's nobody batting a thousand in personnel. We sure want to do better than what we've done in the past."
The Giants have no choice, considering this fact: There are only eight players remaining from Reese's first five drafts (2007-11) on the Giants' roster and only two of them - cornerback Prince Amukamara (first round, 2011) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (first, 2010) - are locked in as starters. And of the 53 players Reese has selected in seven drafts, only four are likely starters in 2014 - five if left tackle Will Beatty (second-round, 2009) recovers from injuries to his knee and leg.
McNeese State wide receiver Diontae Spencer hopes to follow in Victor Cruz's footsteps. At his pro day in April, the 5'9, 161-pound Spencer posted 40-yard dashes between 4.29 and 4.37 seconds. As a senior, he caught 50 passes for 835 yards and nine touchdowns.
Anyone still on the Taylor Lewan train? He might not be there at No. 12, but regardless, whomever selects him will have done some serious vetting of his noted off-field issues.
Giants.com did its own mock draft, and Roman Oben went with LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
More Giants.com video: Reese recaps his final draft preparation and looks back at how he thinks the Giants fared in free agency.
The NFL Network's top 100 players countdown will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on the channel, and continue until the top 10 are announced July 9 at 9 p.m.
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