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Just spotted a story saying two players are coming in and while you could get an idea on what positions the Giants are looking at you never know, but here are the two:


Groves, Manningham try to answer questions with letters

Adam Schefter By Adam Schefter | NFL Network


Two potential first-round picks are relying more on personal letters than pro days to improve their draft stock.


Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves and Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham each have sent letters to all 32 teams explaining their problems and how they have corrected them, teams confirmed.


Groves admitted to undergoing heart surgery March 27 to treat his Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, an abnormality in the heart's electrical system that can cause rapid heart beats. The condition was identified and the problem alleviated, according to the letter that teams received earlier this week.


Teams still have questions about Groves' health, which helps explain why the defensive end's travel schedule has been full. The six-foot-3, 250-pounder visited Cleveland last month, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati earlier this week, and he is scheduled to visit the Giants, Jets, Patriots and 49ers next week. The early reports on Groves are encouraging; the health questions that existed before have begun to be answered.


Groves was considered a first-round pick before, and even with his medical procedure, he still is expected to be a first-round pick.


Manningham has a different set of issues. At the scouting combine in Indianapolis, he lied to NFL teams about using marijuana. At the time, Manningham did not have legal representation, he had not hired an agent, and he was not prepared for the level of scrutiny he faced.


Since then, the 21-year-old Manningham has hired agent Don Yee -- who also represents Patriots quarterback Tom Brady -- and he has written an apology to all 32 teams for not being more straight forward at the combine and taking responsibility for his actions.


Some teams have been open minded about Manningham's apology. On Thursday, he traveled to Indianapolis for a visit with the Colts, and next week Manningham is scheduled to be in New York with the Giants and in Tennessee with the Titans.


What Manningham and Groves have done is similar to what former Northwestern defensive tackle Luis Castillo did in 2005. Castillo sent a letter to all 32 teams admitting he used androstenedione, a steroid that increased the amount of testosterone in his body. Castillo claimed he used the steroid to recover quicker from an elbow injury. At least one team believed it. San Diego drafted Castillo in the first round.


Now Manningham and Groves are hoping that teams are as forgiving with them as one was with Castillo. They will have to wait until April 26 to find out the answer.


Incidentally I had WPW myself and had it treated when I was in HS and have had no problems since. I ran cross-country in HS (it was discovered beginning of my Soph year) and never had a problem afterwards.

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Two more.


Brad Roach, QB, Catawba: Roach is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound gunslinger who tossed 32 touchdown passes last season. He possesses the physical dimensions for a franchise to develop. The projected late-round selection has privately worked out for the New York Giants and Houston Texans.


Brandon Keith, OL, Northern Iowa: Keith, who started his college career at Oklahoma, has watched his draft stock soar the past nine months. He capped off a solid combine performance with an even better pro day, running under five seconds in the 40 after weighing 340 pounds. Keith has visited a number of teams, including a pair of NFC East franchises, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.



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