Big Blue kept perhaps Kerry Collins' favorite target in town by agreeing to a five-year deal with Ike Hilliard. It seemed a foregone conclusion that Hilliard would end up elsewhere when he became a free agent a couple months back. Obviously, neither he nor the Giants felt that way.
So Hilliard returns to team with Amani Toomer, who's coming off a superb dominating season even he's never seen before. Toomer has really elevated himself to elite status, giving Big Blue quite an effective starting duo. They're confident that the speedy third and fourth guys – Ron Dixon and Tim Carter – are able to not only hold up this season, but excel. That's why Big Blue isn't expected to make much of a splash in a decent receiver pool this year. New York has picked a receiver in the first three rounds five of the last seven years, including all of the current top four wideouts. Don't expect that to continue. It's safer to assume that Big Blue will attempt to unearth a hidden gem during the later rounds.
Overall position strength (on a scale of 1-10): 4
Number likely to be taken in first round: 4
Giants need (on a scale of 1 to 10): 2
When Giants might select: Round 6/7