The Giants and the mystery of pick 32

April, 26, 2012
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Ohm's got some thoughts on what the New York Giants might do tonight with the 32nd pick in the first round of the NFL draft. Pick 32 is a trophy, remember. You get it for winning the Super Bowl, and when you're picking 32 you're not supposed to be a team that needs much. The Giants have a few needs, but they don't tend to draft for need, and with that in mind Ohm believes they will take either a defensive player or a wide receiver with the No. 32 pick:
The Giants would probably be thrilled if someone like North Carolina DE Quinton Coples, Syracuse DE Chandler Jones, Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus, Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick and Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower were to fall to 32. Same for Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill. All those guys are on the Giants' wish list.

But all those guys, based on many projections, are not expected to be there when the Giants are on the clock. My guess is if all those guys are gone, the Giants could tab LSU WR Rueben Randle. Indications are the Giants are looking at wide receiver if the players mentioned earlier above are not available. Randle is a player the Giants have discussed.

Very interesting. We have not discussed Randle here, but picking a wide receiver at the end of the first round when the need appears greater at offensive line and running back would be a very Giant thing to do. Remember, as we have written many times here over the past few weeks, the Giants don't view the draft as a means of addressing immediate needs or filling obvious holes. They view it as a means of building, maintaining and replenishing a deep roster from which they can fill needs as they arise in the future.

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was tweeting about the draft earlier today and wrote:

And that pretty much sums up the feeling of the Giants as an organization. Draft players they like, who represent good value at the pick and trust their coaching staff and their veteran players to develop them. It's paid off with two Super Bowl titles in the past five years, and for that reason I would expect them to stick with it.

So there's no way to know who the Giants will take at No. 32, because we don't know what their draft board looks like or which players at or near the top of it will still be there. But Ohm's story offers useful perspective and drives home the point that the Giants look at the draft a bit differently than other teams do.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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