Giants Trade for Big WR

There's been an awful lot of talk about the Giants and their need and desire to replace Plaxico Burress. They took a big step in that direction when they traded up with the Eagles to select Cal-Poly product Ramses Barden. At 6-6, 229, Barden sure will provide Eli Manning a huge target.

"I think my size will give me an advantage," Barden said shortly after being selected. "I'm ecstatic to be a part of the team."

The Giants gave up their original third-round pick (91st overall) and fifth-round choice (164th overall) to move up six slots to the 85th spot where they immediately jumped on Barden, who many considered the most physically imposing receiver in the entire draft.

Despite Barden playing at a small school, this was hardly a reach pick for Big Blue; the Giants had a very-early second-round grade on Barden, whom they believe is every bit as good as fellow receivers Brian Robiskie and Kenny Britt, who were picked much earlier.

Barden's production was basically unmatched. He tied Jerry Rice with 50 career touchdown catches and put together a string of 20 consecutive games with a TD grab. Barden became just the eighth player in FCS history to gain more than 4,000 yards in a career, averaging an absurd 20.4 yards per catch.

Due to his height, Cal-Poly often utilized Barden on fade patterns where he could go up and get the ball.

"I want to bring down those balls in the red zone and help us score," the newest Giant said.

But Barden warned that there's much more to his game than just coming down with jump balls.

"I'm a complete receiver," Barden said. "That's my goal all the time."

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