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Giants Draft
Giants Draft Picks
First round (32nd overall)
Second round (63rd overall
Third round (94th overall)
Fourth round (127th overall)
Fourth round (131st overall)
Fifth round: No pick
Sixth round (201st overall)
Seventh round (239th overall)
RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech
WR Rueben Randle, LSU
CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
TE Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati
OT Brandon Mosley, Auburn

OT Matt McCants, UAB
DT Markus, Kuhn, N.C. State

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NC State

Weinheim, Germany

NFL Draft 2012 - Rounds 1 - 7  |  Round 1: Pick-by-pick analysis
Rounds 2-3
| Round 4 | Round 5 | Round 6 | Round 7

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Apr 29 In seven rounds of drafting over three days, the Giants chose seven players - five of them for the offense, including three of the final four selections. General manager Jerry Reese said that was not the goal entering the draft.

Year after year, Giants General Manager Jerry Reese has said that the team's blueprint for the N.F.L. draft revolves around taking the best players available. Those players often merge with the team's apparent needs. That was the script again this year.

The Super Bowl-champion New York Giants got more than value and need in the NFL Draft. They got characters, too. First-round draft pick David Wilson does backflips and chases rabbits. Receiver Rueben Randle is coming to camp with a chip on his shoulder after a draft slip. Cornerback Jayron Hosley, the third round pick, failed his combine drug test and vows not to let it happen again.

The NFL draft came and went and Osi Umenyiora is still with the Giants. At least for now. Though the Giants did not trade their unhappy defensive end during the three-day draft, Giants GM Jerry Reese would not say whether or not they tried. He also indicated a trade could still happen because, he said "All options are open with respect to that."

Following in the footsteps of his more gregarious brother, Eli Manning will be rehearsing at Studio 8H in Manhattan all this week preparing for his turn as host of NBC's long-running comedy sketch show on Saturday night.

NFC East News
The only NFC East team that didn't trade up in the first round is the one that just won the Super Bowl. That gives you a sense of how hungry the division's other three teams are to catch the New York Giants and take their shot at the Lombardi Trophy they were holding up in Indianapolis a few months ago.

Apr 28 - UPDATE - With their final pick, the Giants selected NC State DT Markus Kuhn. Kuhn came to NC State as a 21-year-old freshman in 2007, and had some production before a shoulder injury caused a medical hardship year in 2009. Kuhn has been part of the team's defensive tackle rotation for the past two years.

With their sixth round selection, the Giants selected Offensive Tackle Matt McCants. A late bloomer who was playing tuba in his high school band before joining the football team as a senior, McCants went on to become one of the top offensive performers in Blazers history.

With their second pick in the fourth round, the Giants selected Auburn OT Brandon Mosley. In just two short seasons, Mosley has not only transformed his body from 270 pounds to 318, he has also transformed his game, as he converted from tight end, to defensive end before arriving on Auburn's campus in 2010.

The Giants got their tight end two days later than many had projected. The team selected Cincinnati's Adrien Robinson with the first of their two fourth-round picks (No. 127 overall). Four picks later, the team chose Auburn offensive tackle Brandon Mosley with the 131st overall pick.

The Giants love to take the best player available, stressing value and using the draft as a means of building and maintaining a deep roster rather than drafting to fill immediate needs. But they've made four picks now, and each of the four appears to have at least something to do with filling a current roster hole.

The Giants continued to add to the offense and address needs in the draft by taking a tight end with their first pick of the fourth round. Cincinnati's Adrien Robinson doesn't have a ton of production to go off from his four years. But he is considered to be athletic and the Giants and TE coach Mike Pope are among the best at developing tight ends.

What the influx of young hyper athletic bad blocking tight ends has done is take TE's who block well and created a niche in the market that only a select few guys can fill. Adrien Robinson is a guy who can fill that role to a T.

Apr 28 GM Jerry Reesee on not moving up a couple of spots to ensure getting players. "We like using all of our picks, and we've moved up to get guys before and it hasn't worked out that great for us. We're a little bit leery of moving up and taking guys. We've done that in the past and I don't think our success has been very good."

Apr 27 - UPDATE - The Giants have four selections Saturday on the final day of the draft, two in the fourth round, and one each in the sixth and seventh rounds. They traded their fifth-round selection to the Cincinnati Bengals for linebacker Keith Rivers. So, Giants fans. Your scorecard thus far has David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech in Round 1, Rueben Randle, WR, LSU and Round 2 and Hosley in Round 3.

Jayron Hosley would have been a much more hotly discussed name at the cornerback position if his sophomore and junior seasons had been flip-flopped. As a sophomore, Hosley led the nation with nine interceptions and added eight more pass breakups. 2011 was not a bad season for Hosley, but injuries slowed his production.
Hosley is a two-year starter at left cornerback who led the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranked 11th in the nation as a punt returner with a 12.67 average. He finished his collegiate career with 12 interceptions (seventh in the school's record books).

The Giants continued to stock up on offensive talent while addressing needs as well by taking Rueben Randle in the second round. Entering the draft, Randle was on the board for the Giants as a potential target in the first round. In fact, they discussed Randle on Thursday night before taking Virginia Tech running back David Wilson.

The Giants think they got the wide receiver to replace the departed Mario Manningham with their second round pick, tabbing LSU's Rueben Randle. Randle, 6-2, 208, is a former high school QB who is still learning the receiver spot but who has a great deal of upside.

The Giants considered LSU's Rueben Randle one of the best receivers in this year's NFL Draft, so good they considered taking him in the first round. When they decided to choose Virginia Tech running back David Wilson, they figured that ended their opportunity to add Randle.

Randle didn't seem to find much consolation in the report that the Giants had considered him as their pick in the first round, and were surprised to see he was still available with the last pick in the second. As for Randle, that meant a full day of sitting in the green room with a dwindling number of the original 26 who arrived before the whole event began.

While Osi Umenyiora is left to presumably play out his contract, the Giants quietly gave a new deal to Umenyiora's teammate, Mathias Kiwanuka. They signed the linebacker (and sometimes defensive end) to a three-year contract extension recently, even though he still had one year left on the two-year contract he signed just eight months ago.
A combination of Ray Rice and Arian Foster. That's how Giants first-round pick David Wilson described himself as a football player during an interview on WFAN (see above) this afternoon. If the running back out of Virginia Tech can come close to those All-Pros then the Giants certainly achieved their goal of getting maximum value at No. 32 Thursday night.

Apr 27 General Manager Jerry Reese - "David Wilson, running back, Virginia Tech. Terrific football player. This guy loves to play football. We like all of that stuff about him. He's fast. He's productive. He can do anything you want him to do. He can catch the ball. He can return kicks..."
David Wilson was sitting at home on the edge of his bed waiting for his phone to ring on Thursday night. When the Giants finally called just before the first night of the draft was over, he screamed. It would've been more appropriate if he had celebrated with a backflip or two.
Wilson, who left Virginia Tech after his junior year, is the first offensive player chosen by the Giants on the first round since Hakeem Nicks in 2009 and the first running back since Wisconsin's Ron Dayne in 2000. He is the first player the Giants have ever drafted from Virginia Tech.

Jerry Reese admits there were several choices at 32 with several players unexpectedly having dropped, but the general manager said Wilson was at the top of their board and also addressed a need. Reese did say it was fair to say Wilson was the second running back on their board.
The only complication in the choice was that there seemed to be far more options on the board than the Giants were expecting at 32. Georgia offensive tackle Cordy Wilson, projected to be a Top 15 pick, was still on the board, as was Alabama defensive end Courtney Upshaw. Speedy Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill and Stanford tight end Coby Fleener were still available, too.

Apr 26 - UPDATE - Giants selected running back David Wilson.
Physically, Wilson might have as much upside as any back in this draft, and from this perspective, he might be the best back to come out of Virginia Tech.
Wilson is an electrifying runner who opted to come out early after an incredible junior year in which he was named ACC Player of the Year. He's extremely explosive and quick-twitched off the snap.
Wilson ran for 1,709 yards on 290 carries for the Hokies last season, a 5.9 yards-per-carry average that was slightly better than the 5.5- and 5.7-yard average he posted in the previous two seasons.
The question facing Wilson is whether all that athletic ability can be harnessed into making him a skilled running back at the NFL level. He opted to leave Virginia Tech a year early.
David Wilson is the first running back the Giants have taken in the first round since 2000, when they took Ron Dayne of Wisconsin, who turned out to be a bust.
Running back David Wilson does 13 backflips (Video)

Just moments from the start of the NFL Draft, Giants announced they signed Shaun Rogers, the veteran defensive tackle who spent last season with the New Orleans Saints. The 12-year veteran -- a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has played for the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns, in addition to the Saints -- will add depth along the interior of the defensive line behind Chris Canty and Linval Joseph.

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