After the Chargers selected Eli Manning with the first overall selection the Giants found themselves with little choice but to acquire Phillip Rivers, the player the Chargers coveted, and swing a deal with San Diego for Manning's services. Trading Rivers along with a third round pick from this year's draft as well as a first and fifth round selection next year, was a very steep price to pay for any player. And though Manning is an intelligent and accurate pocket passer who must focus more on his deep throws, he is not as polished as his brother Peyton. In his own right Eli is a top prospect but the Giants paid heavily to acquire his services. Guard Chris Snee was the Giants second round selection and while the issue of nepotism with Tom Coughlin has been raised (Snee fathered a child with Coughlin's daughter) there is no questioning Snee's ability or value. He has the versatility to play guard and possibly center. There is also talk of moving him to right tackle if need be. Smart and physical, Snee should start quickly for the Giants and become a dominant run blocker. Reggie Torbor, a converted running back, was never able to translate his incredible athleticism into production at Auburn, where he played defensive end. Shining in off season workouts, the Giants pounced on him at the outset of the second day. Torbor projects best to outside linebacker and may earn time as a pass rushing end in certain situations. It is likely that a player with his athleticism will find a way onto the field at the expense of a veteran with a hefty contract. New York continued to strengthen their defense selecting safety Gibril Wilson in the fifth round. A vocal leader who makes football a priority both on and off the field, Wilson should be an instant Coughlin favorite. Limited as an athlete, Wislon projects only to strong safety but his work ethic will get him serious consideration for playing time. Jamaar Taylor gives the Giants a solid developmental possession receiver should his knee hold up. He could find a spot on the roster as a fifth receiver. Drew Strojny has the body type needed to play offensive tackle in the NFL but must further develop his technique and strength. He is a likely candidate for the Giants practice squad and was good value late in the draft. Isaac Hilton is an athletic defensive end who's biggest hurdle is a lack of premium competition in college. Even with that Hilton was both productive as a player and sizzled during combine workouts. Should he add some weight and strength he could develop into a solid rotational end. As it stands now, he is little more than an edge rusher whose mental skills must catch-up with his physical abilities.
New York aggressively pursued the one player that they coveted at the top of the draft and it is hard to knock the organization for going out and acquiring that player. In addition to Manning the Giants also added several athletic defensive prospects that offer good upside for the future. Chris Snee should be the only player to start immediately as a rookie but the Giants could have as many as four starters eventually emerge from this group. This was a solid yet unspectacular draft but it will always be gauged by the success Eli Manning has on the field versus what the Giants gave away to acquire him.