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Giants Draft Insider: A behind-the-scenes look at the Eli Apple pick and Big Blue's rough first round


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http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-draft-insider-behind-the-scenes-eli-apple-pick-article-1.2624387

 

 

- Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: The Giants’ top target was Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd, and the only real debate before the draft started was between him and Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin. Everything else was a contingency plan, even if they did map those out. There was strong support for Conklin, especially from some of the coaches, but there was no directive that an O-lineman had to be the pick. It was Floyd first, Conklin second, and before the draft the Giants seemed confident at least one would be there.

 

- And when they weren’t there? I asked a team source for a reaction to the Titans and Bears both trading over the Giants for those top two targets (the Titans took Conklin at 8, the Bears took Floyd at 9). The response … well let’s just say it really isn’t suitable for a family newspaper.

 

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That's the thing with Davis he won't apply for reinstatement until he knows he'll be traded and they really get a trade done until he applies for reinstatement

 

They can trade for his rights, that's what Dallas did with McClain.

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They can trade for his rights, that's what Dallas did with McClain.

Oh ok but how do you give up something for a player you might not know your going to get? McClain was on a drug suspension and it was up to the league to reinstate him. They can't talk to Davis and be like hey if we trade for you you're coming back right
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Oh ok but how do you give up something for a player you might not know your going to get? McClain was on a drug suspension and it was up to the league to reinstate him. They can't talk to Davis and be like hey if we trade for you you're coming back right

 

McClain was retired.

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Also have to take the customary physical into account. Trades are usually dependent on physicals and in this situation, how does that actually happen?

 

It's almost as if the Giants would have to bear the full risk of health AND his willingness to play AND the contract. Giants are pretty desperate I think, so maybe it happens...but there's a lot of hurdles that may not be needed to go through if the June 1st cuts yield another RT that can play for a year or two at a higher level than Newhouse.

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Mods, please move this to the "how bad is Jerry Reese" thread.

 

I think the Giants did well by not moving up or down in the first... and while it's really hard to argue against the Sheppard pick in the 2nd, Miles Jack was there when the Jags moved up to snatch him...

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