Giants add OL depth in Snee

After securing whom they believe to be the best quarterback and player in the Draft in Eli Manning, the Giants followed up in the second round by grabbing one of the NCAA's better blockers. With the 34th overall pick, Big Blue tabbed Boston College guard Chris Snee, a 6-3, 314-pounder.

"In Chris Snee, what we end up with is another player rated the highest at his position," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "Obviously he fits a need for us." "We just drafted a young quarterback and we need to protect him," GM Ernie Accorsi said.

Accorsi was asked if Snee is the best guard in the draft. "Yeah, I think he was," the GM answered. "He was by far our highest-rated player. He had the highest grade for us." .

"Chris Snee was listed toward the bottom of our first round," Coughlin added. .

The Giants were so enamored with Snee, whom the Cowboys also coveted, that Accorsi declined an opportunity to swap picks in the second round, move down about 15 spots, and recoup a third-round choice that Big Blue surrendered in the Manning deal. .

"He's a tough, tough inside player with great athletic ability," Accorsi said. "He's a player with upside." .

Snee, who resides in Montrose, Pa., was glad to remain on the East Coast. "It's a great feeling," said Snee, who lived in New Jersey until the age of 6. "I couldn't be happier." .

Snee can play both guard positions and said he has no preference, other than joining New York's starting five. .

"I'm not going to come in and plan on being a backup," he said. "I'm going to come in there with my mind set on being the starter." .

With Rich Seubert not expected to be ready for the start of camp and David Diehl's ability to play tackle, a starting guard spot is certainly there for the taking.

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