As draft day gets closer and closer, more rumors are flying around about the New York Giants’ draft choices. Some say it’s a safety due to the lack of depth developed over the course of the offseason, while others say offensive lineman. While these are the more obvious choices, this is most likely not going to happen. If there’s one thing to point out about Jerry Reese, it’s that he never makes the obvious clear-cut choice.
So what’s an out of the ordinary thing for the Giants to do? Instead of addressing a need, they could add to strength. Drafting Amari Cooper, Kevin White, or even Dorial Green-Beckham is a very “Reese” thing to do. After all, adding one of those players to the roster would mean the Giants would have one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL.
After last season’s selection of Odell Beckham Jr., Reese said he based his pick off of pure talent. While there were holes to be filled, if there is a talent too good to pass up on the board, the plug will be pulled. That seemed to work out well as Odell Beckham Jr. established himself as one of the NFL’s best receivers last season after playing in 12 games.
Very few analysts still have the Giants taking a wide receiver with the ninth overall pick. That is because the Giants have a lot of glaring needs that need to be met first. However, the wide receiver position may become an immediate need if Victor Cruz doesn’t come back the same after suffering a patella injury against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2015 draft class has some receivers Reese may not be able to pass on. Imagine what a mistake it would be on Reese’s part if Cruz’s injury gets the best of him. That would throw the Giants promising season down the drain. They have depth, but it wouldn’t be anything like having Cruz on the field. The more depth the better, especially at a position like wide receiver where depth is everything.
This is a make or break year for Reese, so he’s bound to do something bold to make a statement. No general manager or coach ever got anywhere with playing in safe. In the world of the NFL, risks need to be taken in order to win. This risk of drafting a high impact receiver makes perfect sense in the scope for both Reese and the Giants organization.