Giants general manager Jerry Reese thought seriously about selecting Nebraska linebacker Phillip Dillard in the third round, but instead took LSU safety Chad Jones. Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com has the whole story.
"There was some good discussion about it," said Marc Ross, the Giants' director of college scouting. "We thought there was a chance that [Dillard would] be available [in the fourth round] and that Chad wouldn't be, so we decided to go that route and hold our breath, and we got him. It was a restless night's sleep, but it was worth it."
The Giants think Dillard can compete for the starting job at middle linebacker, but that's a pretty optimistic outlook. Having watched Dillard play in the Big 12 for a couple of years, I'd say he needs at least a year before he's ready to be a full-time starter. The Giants will likely sign a veteran linebacker or they could trade for one. I'll poke around and see what they think of Cowboys inside linebacker Bobby Carpenter. There are actually some teams that like Carpenter, but they may wait until the Cowboys release him.
Carpenter's role as a nickel linebacker will probably be taken over by Penn State rookie Sean Lee.