With the 2015 NFL Draft coming up this Thursday, the league’s writers, fans, and players are all wondering one thing. Who will the Giants select when their turn comes up at pick number nine?
That’s something that general manager Jerry Reese would like to keep a secret for as long as possible.
“A good player at nine,” he teased when asked by the press about what he was thinking.
While the Giants will have plenty of good players to choose from when they make their pick, the bigger question is which position group they most want to improve. Brandon Schreff, the hulking offensive lineman from Iowa, could be available to give Big Blue’s run blocking a kick in the butt, but recent mocks say the team might choose Todd Gurley, the talented halfback from Georgia coming off of a knee injury.
Of course, there is always the chance that neither prospect is on the board when the ninth pick comes around.
“I think you always have a good idea, but it is always unpredictable,” said Reese. “You never know what is going to happen. You can look up and some of those quarterbacks they think are going to be in the first couple picks could be – not off the board until 15 or 20. You never know. I learned that a long time ago in the draft. Funny things can happen, so expect everything to happen.”
That’s why Reese says that the Giants are scouting every player who is available. You just don’t know who could be left on the board when New York’s pick comes up.
“We look at everybody,” said Reese. “You never say you aren’t quarterback-needy. You can’t say those kinds of things. [Beat reporter] Ralph [Vacchiano] just said we were deep at receiver and you are saying we don’t need a quarterback. I know better than to say something like that.”
The Giants would be deeper at receiver if the they knew more about how Victor Cruz will perform in 2015. The star has been splendid in the past, but he’s coming off of a devastating knee injury that cut short his 2014 campaign. If the Giants feel the need to back up Cruz at receiver, they could select a player like Louisville’s DeVante Parker.
“I don’t think you can have certainty,” said Reese about Cruz. “He looks good. He is running pretty good right now. He is scheduled to be back for the opener for us, but until you get out there and turn it loose, you never know what a guy is going to do. He looks great right now.”
Injuries like the one that Cruz suffered in 2014 are a great example of why NFL teams can never get too deep at one position. The Giants appeared to be set at wide receiver before selecting Odell Beckham Jr. in last year’s draft, but after Cruz went down the rookie turned into someone the Giants desperately needed.
It’s no wonder that Reese is leaving all possibilities open heading into an unpredictable 2015 Draft.