New York Giants: Will Hill

There's no shortage of poor personnel decisions that led the New York Giants to last year's 7-9 record and their subsequent roster rebuild, but signing safety Antrel Rolle to a five-year, $37 million contract in 2010 was among the better moves in recent franchise history.

We've ranked NFL players -- a top 100 on offense and another on defense -- and we're rolling out the results 20 at a time (10 on offense, 10 on defense) per day. Today brings us players No. 81-90 on either side of the ball, and Rolle checking in at No. 83 on defense offers a chance to reflect on just what he's turned out to be for the Giants.

Rolle is the No. 13-ranked safety and the No. 25-ranked defensive back on this list, but quibbling about whether he should be ranked ahead of Donte Whitner on the former list or Johnathan Joseph on the latter doesn't interest me too much. Rolle's value to the Giants has been diverse and significant, and it rises beyond stats and on-field performance.

Rolle arrived in New York at the age of 27 and chafed under coach Tom Coughlin's rigid, old-school structure. But he grew quickly, and he and Coughlin proved wise enough to realize they could be of great benefit to each other. Over the past three seasons Rolle has developed as a team leader, captain and spokesman, and he handles the role gracefully and naturally. Sure, he says crazy things on the radio sometimes. But these days they're almost always about how great he thinks his team is, and that's a perfectly acceptable method for a leader to try to keep his teammates in a productive frame of mind.

On the field, Rolle has played opposite three different starting safeties the past three years, and all three have flourished. He teamed with Kenny Phillips (who predated and helped mentor him as a Giant) in the Super Bowl season of 2011. Stevie Brown replaced an injured Phillips in 2012 and collected eight interceptions, roaming the post safety position while Rolle played up in the box because he knew how and Brown hadn't learned it yet. Will Hill replaced an injured Brown in 2013 and became one of the best playmaking safeties in the league by season's end before smoking himself out of a job this spring.

Rolle has been a constant in a Giants secondary that's seen its share of ups and downs over the past four years. And last year, largely freed from the nickel corner responsibilities he willingly assumed so often early in his Giants career, he flourished as a playmaker in his own right and earned a Pro Bowl trip to Hawaii. His coaches say he's just coming into his own as a safety, at age 31, because this is the first time since he signed with the Giants that he's been able to focus on the position exclusively. They believe he'll get the best out of his former Cardinals teammate Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, one of their big free-agent cornerback signings, and Rolle has a track record that backs up that belief.

One of the best 100 defensive players in the NFL? Nobody in the Giants' building would disagree. Rolle's as solid an acquisition as any they've made over the past 10 years.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There was a day Stevie Brown remembers, back in January and February, when he was catching passes from New York Giants assistant trainer Leigh Weiss in the indoor facility here. Weiss threw one high, and Brown went up to catch it and came down hard on his left leg, which is the leg in which he'd had surgery last fall to repair a torn ACL in his knee. Brown landed hard and kept running as though nothing had happened, and when he looked up, Weiss was smiling.

"So," Weiss said. "I guess you're not worried about it anymore."

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AP Photo/Seth WenigStevie Brown appears to be back to full strength after an ACL injury cost him the 2013 season.
That's the moment to which Brown points when asked when he stopped worrying about his knee and knew he could once again be the player he used to be. The Giants' safety collected eight interceptions in a breakout 2012 season and was poised to begin 2013 as a full-time starter when he tore up his knee in a preseason game. After that, he said, he had to re-learn everything.

"You're forced to take a step back, and you have to rebuild your game as you're getting healthier," Brown said before Giants practice Thursday. "There are some things that I excelled at in the past that took a while to get back before I could just break-and-cut, break-and-cut. I had to start off with the little things -- coming downhill, addressing myself like I was going to be in the run game, just basic football patterns rather than going out right away and getting in deep thirds and breaking off. I had to start by making sure I could come to balance, breaking down in the tackling game, shifting one way, shifting the other way, things like that.

"Just a big, gradual process to get back to where I am now."

Where he is now is on the practice field, doing everything he would normally be doing to get ready for a football season if he'd never injured his knee in the first place. Brown said there's extra work that goes on off the field -- he has to do extra leg workouts to make sure to keep the muscles around his left knee strong. But once he's on the field, he said he believes he's able to do everything he used to be able to do.

"He worked really hard," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He was here every day in the summer and throughout the entire offseason. So he's worked hard to get himself back on the field, and the work has obviously paid off. But the process of making him stronger, getting him to the games is still going to be important."

With Will Hill suspended and released, the Giants are a bit thin at safety. Brown and Antrel Rolle project as the starters, with Quintin Demps behind them and a pair of fifth-round picks from the past two seasons -- Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe -- behind him. If Brown weren't able to play at full strength, the Giants would suddenly have a big problem at the position. Fortunately for them, at this point, he feels as good as ever.

"I'm able to do everything right now," Brown said. "No limitations to anything. I take all the reps that they want me to take and just go out there and do everything I need to do."

Giants roster preview: Safeties

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During the week of June 30, we took a position-by-position look at the New York Giants' offense heading into training camp. This week, we've done the same thing with the defense -- one position group at a time. Today, with a mere four days left until the Giants report for camp, is the final installment -- safeties.

Projected starters: Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown

Projected backups: Quintin Demps, Cooper Taylor, Nat Berhe

Others fighting for roster spots: Kyle Sebetic, Thomas Gordon, C.J. Barnett

Brown says he feels good coming off the knee surgery that cost him a chance to start alongside his Pro Bowl mentor Rolle in 2013. He's been eager for a while now to follow up on his breakout eight-interception 2012 season, and the Giants are hoping his knee allows him to do that. If it does not, thanks to the suspension and release of Will Hill, things could get thin here in a hurry. Demps was signed more as a kickoff returner than a safety, but at this point he's the clear No. 3 when they want to go to their three-safety defense, and he's the projected substitute starter if Rolle or Brown can't play.

Behind Demps are two recent fifth-round picks -- Taylor from 2013 and Berhe from this year. Given the Giants' numbers at cornerback, it's hard to see them carrying five safeties, so it's possible both guys can't make the team and they might have to try to put Berhe on the practice squad. They do like Taylor, who had injuries last season but has come back larger and stronger this year and could have an opportunity for more playing time if he shows he can handle it.
One last New York Giants Twitter mailbag before I start a too-brief summer vacation ... @DanGrazianoESPN: Yeah, I think that's a fair expectation, and I think you saw the Giants lean that way last year with Terrell Thomas as the regular nickel corner. They signed Walter Thurmond to play that position, and he's as good at it as anyone in the league. And they're thin at safety with Will Hill suspended and released, Stevie Brown coming off knee surgery and Quintin Demps having been signed primarily to return kicks. They have been talking a lot about keeping Antrel Rolle at safety, rather than using him all over the field as they've done in years past, and obviously sticking with a three-cornerback look would help with that. I honestly don't see the need for the old three-safety package, especially if Jon Beason is back healthy at middle linebacker early in the season. It worked well during that 2011 Super Bowl season, but that year they were thin at cornerback and linebacker and deep at safety. You're right if your point is that the scheme should be based around the personnel, and right now cornerback is a Giants strength. @DanGrazianoESPN: With Beason nursing a foot injury, the starting middle linebacker in training camp (and probably for Week 1) is going to be Jameel McClain. He projects as the starting strongside linebacker if Beason's healthy, but he's taking over in the middle while he's not. Jacquian Williams is the front-runner for the starting weakside linebacker spot, and the strongside position should belong to either Spencer Paysinger or rookie Devon Kennard, who impressed coaches with his minicamp performance. As for receivers, that's an interesting case. My first thought is that they keep six -- Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Mario Manningham, Odell Beckham Jr., Jerrel Jernigan and Trindon Holliday. But Holliday isn't really likely to factor as a receiver, as he's pretty much exclusively a kick and punt returner. So that would leave them with five real receivers (four if Manningham's knee won't let him answer the bell). That opens it up for someone like a Marcus Harris, Julian Talley or Corey Washington to possibly sneak onto the roster with a good camp, but that's a long shot. @DanGrazianoESPN: Based on my conversations with Giants people (and with Will Beatty himself) last year and this spring, I think the main reason Beatty struggled was technique. He's not a big, monstrous, mauling left tackle who relies on strength and an ability to overpower people. Beatty's success, when he's had it, has had more to do with quickness and athleticism. I was told last season while he was struggling that Beatty was playing with his hands too low, giving away leverage and hurting his ability to dictate his matchups. That sounds like an easy thing to fix, but bad habits are tough to break, and as the year went along the struggles got into Beatty's head. He admitted in December that he'd felt the weight of his free-agent contract and let the pressure get to him, and I think he was looking forward to an offseason to clear his head. The problem is that Beatty's offseason has been about recovery from that broken leg he suffered in the Week 17 game against the Redskins, and he hasn't had time to practice getting back into good habits. I agree that a Beatty rebound would have a positive ripple effect along the rest of the line, but at this point you have to consider him a major question mark, and not just because of the injury. @DanGrazianoESPN: The firing of their longtime tight ends coach does rank among the more surprising moves of the Giants' offseason. But when they hired young Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator, it was only fair to assume he'd want to bring in a few of his own coaches and help construct the staff. During those discussions, it was decided that Pope's position would be one of the ones to turn over. They moved wide receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride (the son of the former offensive coordinator) to tight ends coach, Sean Ryan from quarterbacks coach back to wide receivers coach and hired Danny Langsdorf as the new quarterbacks coach. Pope was a Giants icon, and the only person whose name is on all four of the franchise's Super Bowl trophies. But there was an effort to get a bit younger on the coaching staff this offseason. Tight end Adrien Robinson spoke during OTAs about how he's felt a different kind of connection with the younger Gilbride than he did with Pope, and if that's the case with the rest of the group it might answer your question. Thanks for all of your questions. If you need me, I'm on the golf course.
Last year was a big year for New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle. He was named a defensive team captain. He made it to the Pro Bowl. He seemed to take yet another step forward in his surprising mid-career evolution as a reliable leader in the locker room. And on the field, he was one of the most reliable performers the Giants had on either side of the ball.

But to hear his position coach tell it, Rolle is still developing as a safety and is likely to get even better this year and beyond.

"Antrel is just now starting to understand and develop as a safety," Giants safeties coach Dave Merritt said Thursday. "He was a corner, as we all know, when he was drafted out of Miami. Now all of a sudden he's a safety, and he's starting to understand the position more so than ever. Before, as far as formations, he didn't see formations. He didn't really see the route concepts. Now, the last two years, it's all coming together for him and he's feeling more comfortable. So with Antrel's ability to continue to learn and grow, he hasn't really scratched his ability as a safety yet. Last year was a glimpse of what Antrel could actually become."

Odd stuff to say about a 31-year-old player entering his 10th NFL season and the final year of his contract with the team. But Merritt pointed out that Rolle wasn't strictly a safety even in his first couple of years with the Giants, who used him in a variety of roles from 2010-12 as needs dictated.

"The first couple of years, you all know, we played him at nickel, we played him at 'Bison,' we played him at corner, we played him at safety," Merritt said. "Now he's able to just play strictly safety, and it's coming together for him well."

Merritt said he recently told Rolle he thought he could play another four years. The safety position is a major question mark for the Giants this year and in years to come. Rolle is a free agent at the end of this year. Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps are signed to one-year contracts. Will Hill was recently released following his third drug suspension in as many years. They can't know yet what they have in 2013 fifth-round pick Cooper Taylor or 2014 fifth-round pick Nat Berhe. Depending on the way this season goes, the Giants could find themselves needing to sign Rolle to another free-agent contract just to stabilize things for them at the position. Or they could find themselves starting over with a whole new crew.

In the meantime, though, the Giants' sudden depth at cornerback should enable Rolle to stay firmly planted at safety this year. And his coaches believe he'll continue to grow, improve and thrive there as a result.
Not to beat a dead horse here, but...

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If your third-round pick misses four games in his first year because of injury and misses five games in his second year because of injury, and prior to his third year you feel compelled to sign four free agents who play his position, and then he gets suspended for the first four games of that third year for drugs ... Well, you've not made a good third-round pick.

The New York Giants thought they had a potential steal when they took cornerback Jayron Hosley with the 94th pick of the 2012 draft. And the way he played as a slot cornerback for them early in that season backed them up. He had slid in the draft following reports that he tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine. The Giants, coming off their second Super Bowl title in five years, felt they could take the chance on Hosley in the third round -- even after taking one on David Wilson in the first and another on Rueben Randle in the second and right before taking project tight end Adrien Robinson in the fourth.

Hey, you lose some, you lose some.

Hosley wasn't exactly banging his head against the top of the Giants' depth chart at cornerback this offseason. Not after the Giants signed free-agent cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, Trumaine McBride and Zack Bowman. Heck, they even drafted a cornerback, Notre Dame's Bennett Jackson, in the sixth round. Now, following the news that he will miss the first four games of the season while suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Hosley's road to the final roster is tough to see. He's eligible to participate in all offseason practices and preseason games, but man, he's going to have to really dazzle this coaching staff to convince them to keep him around for another 12-game season.

It also bears mentioning that Hosley is the second member of the Giants' secondary to be suspended for substance abuse in the past week, which is a pretty bad pace. Safety Will Hill was waived Monday after receiving his third drug suspension in as many years, and it can't please the people who run the Giants that much of the offseason news of the past week has been about their defensive backs and drugs.

Anyway, OTAs are open to media today, though it appears the practice will be indoors because of weather. I'll be there, of course, and asking questions. Catch up with you a little bit later on.
Will Hill's former New York Giants teammates aren't thrilled that the team waived Hill on Monday. While everyone no doubt understands why the organization finally decided to act after Hill's third drug suspension in as many years, Giants players will miss what the talented safety meant to their defense in 2013. Cornerback Prince Amukamara told Newsday's Tom Rock that he doesn't want the move to come back to haunt the Giants:
“I realized how many times he saved our butts and how many times he came up big,” Amukamara said of Hill, the former Giants safety who was waived on Monday after being handed a third drug-related suspension in three seasons by the NFL. “It’s going to be a tough loss. Hopefully if he goes to a team, it’s not someone in the NFC East. He’s a guy you don’t want to face.”

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George Gojkovich/Getty ImagesThe Giants waived Will Hill after he got his third drug suspension in the past three years.
no certainty that another team gives Hill a chance. He wasn't drafted, and the Giants were the only team that made him an offer as an undrafted free agent. Anyone who signs him would do so knowing he can't play the first six games of this year and that his next suspension is likely to be for a year or longer. So Amukamara's fears about Hill coming back down the road to beat the Giants are far-fetched at this point.

However, the sentiment behind Amukamara's point is that Hill was a star-caliber player in the secondary for the Giants last season and that he will be difficult to replace. Stevie Brown is the obvious replacement, but he's coming off ACL surgery and will have to be monitored closely in camp. Quintin Demps started a few games at safety for the Chiefs last year and will get more looks there now, but he was signed mainly for his abilities in the return game. It's unlikely that Cooper Taylor or Nat Berhe would be ready for a major role, and no, since many of you have asked, I do not see them (or anyone else, for that matter) pursuing Ed Reed.

Hill's departure likely means that the big three-safety look defensive coordinator Perry Fewell used to like to use is not much of an option this year. That may not matter much, since they're deep enough at cornerback to leave Walter Thurmond in the slot and since they have a bona fide three-down linebacker in Jon Beason, but it does reduce their options. And if Brown has any setbacks or problems with his knee, they're suddenly quite thin at safety.

We talked Monday about the $5 million in new cap room the Giants picked up this week once the post-June 1 release of David Baas became official, and it's possible they could use some of that to bring in a safety for depth now. But there isn't much left on the market at this point. And the premise behind Amukamara's quote is that replacing Hill isn't as simple as throwing another body in there. He wasn't just a starting safety for the Giants in 2013. He was, quite often, the best and most important player on their defense. Cutting him could not have been easy, however obvious the decision may have been from the outside. Replacing him will be even tougher.
If you read my morning post, you know I didn't expect the New York Giants to decide on Will Hill this quickly. But they have done just that, waiving their talented-but-troubled safety three days after it was announced he would be suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The Giants have been discussing for weeks what to do about Hill, after the news broke that he'd failed another drug test and was facing a third drug suspension in three years. Apparently, they decided another suspension would be too much for them to overlook and they would cut him if/when said suspension was announced. Initially, it appeared Hill was facing a suspension of a year or longer; the fact that it turned out to be only six games seemed to indicate there had been some extenuating circumstances the NFL found plausible. But whatever they might have been, they weren't enough to convince the Giants to keep him around.

It might be tempting to laud the Giants for taking a stand against drugs or bad behavior in general. And if you're a Giants fan and you want to feel that way about your team, go right ahead. But it's worth noting that this was Hill's third drug suspension in three years, so if the Giants really were that hard-line on this issue, it's unlikely he'd have made it this far.

I don't think the Giants were opposed to standing behind Hill and helping him work through whatever issues he might have. What I do think is this has reached a point beyond which the Giants feel they can trust Hill enough to make it worth keeping him on the roster. It's one thing to know a guy has a drug problem and you're working to help him deal with it (which is what the Giants have been doing since signing Hill in 2012). It's another thing, in the cold, business world of the NFL, to keep using a roster spot on a player you can't rely on to be available for a whole season. Whether it's a guy who gets hurt all the time or a guy who gets suspended all the time, it's difficult to invest resources in a player who can't be counted on to play a full season.

Had the Giants decided to keep Hill, who was a good player for them and well liked in the locker room, they'd have done so knowing that future discipline against him was only going to get harsher and more extensive. They already knew he was more likely than not to keep getting in trouble. What happened Monday was they reached the point at which they could no longer tolerate the risk that he might disappear from their plans for a long time. For his first two years with the team, Hill's talent made him worth that risk. As of Monday, in their eyes, it no longer did.
I was off Friday, so I wasn't around to comment on the news that New York Giants safety Will Hill has been suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. You likely remember that Hill was suspended for the first four games of last season for the same, and that even that wasn't his first drug suspension. When the news broke several weeks ago that Hill had failed another drug test, there was a chance that he could have been suspended for the full season. The fact that he wasn't indicates that the league believed his explanation during the appeal process.

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Obviously, from an on-field standpoint, it's better for the Giants that Hill is suspended only six games instead of 16. Of course, that only matters if Hill remains in the Giants' 2014 plans. To this point, I have not heard anything to indicate that he is not. The organization has supported Hill through tough times over the past couple of years and signed him knowing he came with dicey off-field issues. During the appeal process, teammates spoke in support of Hill, and he's been practicing with the team during offseason workouts. It's possible that this third drug suspension in three years could convince the Giants to cut ties with Hill -- that is news that still could come at some point down the road even if this story doesn't take another turn. But there's no indication that they're leaning that way.

At this point, actually, the Giants are invested in Hill. Not long-term-contract invested, of course, and at this point you have to think it's unlikely that the Giants or anyone else will be any time soon, since Hill can't be trusted to play a full season. But the Giants have an investment of time and support in Hill, and it seems to me that if they don't cut him loose at this point, they're going to continue to stand by him and hope that at some point he stops getting suspended and they get 16 games' worth of the kind of stellar performance he delivered for them in the final 12 games of the 2013 season.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A year ago at this time, when the New York Giants were holding their offseason practices, their first-team safeties were Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown. A fair bit has happened since then. Brown tore his ACL in preseason and missed all of 2013 following surgery. Will Hill returned from a four-game drug suspension and emerged as one of the best players on the Giants' defense. The team re-signed Brown and signed safety Quintin Demps. Hill is in trouble again and is in the midst of an appeal of what would be a third drug suspension in three years.

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So after all of that, as the Giants go through their offseason practices this year, their first-team safeties are, once again, Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown.

"I knew this was where I wanted to be, and wherever I fell on the depth chart is where I fell," said Brown, who signed a one-year deal to return to the Giants in March. "Right now, they have me next to 'Trel, so I'm staying next to 'Trel."

After Brown collected eight interceptions in 2012 in a surprisingly effective relief performance for Kenny Phillips, the Giants made their 2013 offseason plans around the idea of him as a starter. He and Rolle worked together to get to the point where Brown could play in the box more and allow the two of them to switch off roles during games as defensive coordinator Perry Fewell prefers. But the injury derailed that plan, and when Brown re-signed it looked like a make-good type of deal -- low-risk for the Giants but potentially helpful if Brown could get healthy, and especially if Hill got in trouble again.

Brown says he feels healthy, and though he's monitoring his knee and taking it easier than he might normally this time of year, he believes he's good to go for 2014 as a starting safety for the Giants.

"It hasn't really bothered me, so I'll just keep going," Brown said. "For what we're doing right now, I feel good. I know I can do better."

It remains to be seen what happens with Hill, but it's entirely possible the opportunity Brown had taken away from him last August could come right back for him this September.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Offensive lineman John Jerry, who was implicated in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal last season and signed with the New York Giants this offseason to provide insurance at guard, recently had arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss OTAs and minicamp. Giants coach Tom Coughlin revealed this information following the Giants' practice Thursday.

It doesn't sound as though the injury should keep Jerry out of training camp, which starts in mid-July. But all of the Giants' offensive players are learning a new system under new coordinator Ben McAdoo, and the lack of practice time could hurt Jerry's ability to pick up what he needs to pick up.

There also remains a possibility that Jerry could face a league-imposed suspension for part of the 2014 season as a result of his involvement in the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying fiasco, though the Giants do not seem to believe he will. They signed him in case veteran offensive lineman Chris Snee couldn't make it back from his second hip surgery and because they felt they needed more experience in the backup offensive line positions than they had last year.

Some other news and observations from Thursday's OTA workout:
  • Snee was out there practicing in full at right guard with the first-team offensive line. He said a few weeks ago that he feels great and hasn't been limited in any way.
  • Left tackle Will Beatty, who broke his leg in Week 17 of the 2013 season, and wide receiver Mario Manningham, who's had all kinds of knee problems, were working off to the side during practice. Coughlin said they were both on track to be ready by fall, which I took to mean training camp but I guess could technically mean the regular season. Charles Brown took Beatty's place at left tackle with the first-team line Thursday. J.D. Walton worked as the first-team center, with Geoff Schwartz at left guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle.
  • A variety of backup wide receivers got first-team reps with Manningham out and first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. missing the day to attend the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event. Fourth-round pick Andre Williams also attended that event and was therefore absent Thursday.
  • Safeties Will Hill and Stevie Brown both practiced in full, Brown with the first-team defense and Hill with the second. Brown is recovering from ACL surgery that cost him the entire 2013 season, while Hill is appealing what would be his third drug suspension in as many years. Coughlin said that waiting for a resolution on Hill's status is difficult and would continue to be, but that the team has no idea when they can expect one.
  • Running back David Wilson was held out of any drills that may have resulted in contact, as he has yet to be cleared for contact following last season's neck surgery. Wilson said his next doctor's appointment is Wednesday. He says he feels no pain (and never did) and hopes to be cleared soon to practice with his team.
  • Oh, and quarterback Eli Manning, seven weeks removed from ankle surgery, practiced in full for the second day in a row.
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Twitter mailbag: System fits

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Thanks for your New York Giants questions, and for using the #nygmail hashtag on Twitter so I could find them. Here are some.
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Giants Saturday draft reset

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- An hour from now, the fourth round of the NFL draft will begin. The draft will conclude sometime this afternoon or evening once through seven rounds. The New York Giants have the following four picks remaining, barring any trades today that change the number:
  • Fourth round, No. 13 (113 overall)
  • Fifth round, No. 12 (152 overall)
  • Fifth round, No. 34 (174 overall)
  • Sixth round, No. 11 (187 overall)

The Giants do not have a seventh-round pick, because they traded it to the Carolina Panthers for Jon Beason during the 2013 season. Their extra fifth-rounder is a compensatory selection that resulted from free-agent activity during the 2012 offseason. Compensatory picks cannot be traded.

Obviously, there's no way to predict with any accuracy who the Giants will take with any of these picks (though you are welcome to go through the list of best remaining available players and find the ones who were team captains in college). But here are some thoughts on positions the Giants may or may not address on the final day:

Safety. Antrel Rolle is entering the final year of his deal, Stevie Brown is coming back from ACL surgery and Will Hill is facing a third drug suspension in as many years. Cooper Taylor is the only safety they have locked up beyond 2014 right now. Minnesota's Brock Vereen and LSU's Craig Loston are the two highest-rated available safeties right now according to our scouts.

Running back. They always seem to take one somewhere, and they don't believe they can have enough depth at running back. Florida State's Devonta Freeman and Boston College's Andre Williams are the top two left on this board.

Pass rusher. Seems weird they haven't taken one (though they'd happily tell you that third-rounder Jay Bromley got 10 sacks from the defensive tackle position last year at Syracuse), but this isn't a great draft for pass-rushers. Not too many inspiring names left on this list or this list.

Tight end. I don't see it. If they really felt they needed a tight end, they'd have taken one already. At this point, why take a fourth-round tight end when you already have one of those, in Adrien Robinson, who's been in your building for a couple of years already and you want to see what he's got? But if you really want the list, here. Fresno State's Marcel Jensen and Oregon's Colt Lyerla are the top names left on it.
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