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Giants' Jerry Reese offers hint about draft philosophy

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Reese says choice of Odell Beckham over Zack Martin was obvious.

Odell Beckham Jr.
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Want a hint about the draft philosophy of New York Giants' general manager Jerry Reese. The GM almost always plays things close to the vest and doesn't like to give away much in terms of the way he views, talent but he offered a big clue on Wednesday during on appearance on WFAN radio with Miek Francesa.

"Any time there’s a dynamic play-maker up there and a guard I’m taking the play-maker," Reese told Francesa.

The GM was, of course, speaking about why he chose Odell Beckham No. 12 over offensive lineman Zack Martin, who earned a Pro Bowl berth with the Dallas Cowboys.

"You've gotta have play-makers in this league," said Reese, adding that when the Giants turn to pick came in the 2014 NFL Draft "there was nothing for us to talk about."

'Any time there’s a dynamic play-maker up there and a guard I’m taking the play-maker.' - Jerry Reese

Here are a few other topics Reese spoke about:

-- Reese said that second-round pick Weston Richburg "represented himself really well for the most part" and added that "I do think his future's at center."

-- Reese admitted the Giants "need to continue to build" the offensive line and that "we do need to put a wall around" Eli Manning.

-- Reese added there is a possibility right tackle Justin Pugh could be moved to guard if the Giants find a right tackle in free agency or the 2015 NFL Draft.

-- On the comeback of Victor Cruz from knee surgery, Reese said "As far as doctors are telling me, he is on pace to come back. But we can't put all our eggs in that basket."

-- Reese sounded uncertain about the future of veteran safety Antrel Rolle with the Giants. He called Rolle "a good football player for us," but only that "we'll see where it goes."