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Giants morning report: Big Blue Chat, Episode 9 -- Draft talk with Charlie Campbell

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New York Giants headlines for Thursday, 4/16.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Episode 9 of the 'Big Blue Chat' podcast with Pat Traina and myself is now online, and this week we were joined by Charlie Campbell of Walter Football. The upcoming 2015 NFL Draft was, of course, front and center in our discussion.

Among the topics discussed this week:

  • Is the idea of 'best player available' really a myth?
  • Players of interest for the Giants with the ninth overall pick.
  • We touch on a number of players the Giants could be interested in on Day 2 of the draft.
  • Charlie talks about a few college cornerbacks who might be able to transition to safety.
  • Charlie drops some names of players who might be value picks on Day 3.

Today's headlines

When the Giants signed defensive back Josh Gordy and linebacker Ryan Jones, they also released two players. Linebacker Paul Hazel and cornerback Josh Victorian were waived.

New Giants running back Shane Vereen was a teammate of Aaron Hernandez with the New England Patriots. Hernandez will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted on Wednesday of the murder of Odin Lloyd.

"It's hard cause you view him as a teammate as someone who went through the same struggles that you did. You bonded with this guy, blood sweat and tears. You won games, lost games, lost a Super Bowl.

"Off the field he's somebody you never even knew."

Ryan Riddle of Bleacher Report, a former NFL player, writes about the advantages high draft picks have over late-round picks or undrafted free agents. Simply put, early picks get multiple opportunities, while late-round picks or UDFAs are replaceable parts who may never get a chance to show what they can do.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar lists five boom-or-bust players in the 2015 draft class. Some of the players on the list are ones who have been connected to the Giants by various analysts.

How is Geoff Schwartz recovering from ankle surgery? Get a glimpse of his workout and judge for yourself.

Former Giants linebacker Dhani Jones thinks football would be safer without helmets.