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4.7 Mailbag for April 7th

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I know the Giants treat draft strategy information like the government treats area 51, but I was wondering if you would agree with the following assessment. We have one 1st, two 2nd's, two 3rd's a 4th and 2 5th's. Realistically speaking, there are not that many roster spots available on the Giants to begin with. I see us moving up dramatically, possibly all the way to the 5-7 slots to pick up a WR of our choice. If not, we could move up to the 10-14 area and swipe R. Maluga off the board. Either way, I see us as a player on day one due to our plethora of picks. Would you agree? Robert Palumbo

Dear Robert:

Yes, the Giants are secretive about their draft information, so at the risk of angering someone… The Giants have 10 draft choices. If they elect to, they can trade nine of them (the compensatory pick in the third round, No. 100 overall, cannot be dealt. Jerry Reese has said that anything is possible and that really is the case entering the draft. If there is a player the Giants have a conviction about that they might get to draft by moving up, I'm sure Jerry will explore every one of those avenues. If no such player exists, he might move back and try to obtain extra picks in next year's draft. I agree it's unlikely that 10 draft choices will make the final roster, so a trade or trade up or down would not surprise me at all.

Hello Mike, Now that Plax is gone, I have all the confidence in Jerry Reese to do the right thing. Whether going after Edwards or Boldin, or using the draft. I personally think that we have the deep threat right now in Sinorice Moss. Moss definitely has the speed and the corners always give him a cushion. Moss and Hixon can stretch the field and maybe Manningham can make some noise with a year under his belt. Steve Smith is a great possession receiver, he really knows where the sticks are and moves the chains. Moss, Hixon, Manningham, Smith, and David Tyree I think will surprise everyone. Kevin Boss is a year older and wiser. Like I said earlier, Jerry Reese will make the right call. I'm very excited about the upcoming season, and looking forward to the draft to see where Reese goes. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks, Danny section 111

Dear Danny:

I'm sure Jerry will find a way to improve the roster before training camp opens. Having said that, I am excited about the receivers currently on the roster. If Manningham can stay healthy, I think he will be a terrific receiver. Manningham, Hixon and Moss all have the speed to stretch defenses and Steve Smith is a proven producer (he led the team with 57 catches last year). David Tyree has always delivered when given a chance. My guess is at least two or three wideouts will join that crew before the team goes to Albany, but I think those on hand can comprise a very good group of receivers.

Do you think the G-men should have traded Eli for Jay Cutler.

Dear Gary:

Absolutely not. Eli's skills, intelligence, desire, work ethic and personality him make the perfect quarterback for this franchise.

Do you see Kiwanuka moving back to LB after the Canty/Bernard signings and Osi coming back healthy in the upcoming season? Dear Nicky:

No, Kiwanuka is staying at defensive end. The coaches and Jerry Reese believe one of the reasons the team struggled at the end of last season was the defensive line wore down. With the three players you mentioned, as well as the returnees (Tuck, Robbins, Cofield, Alford, Tollefson and Kiwi), the Giants will have a strong and deep defensive line. Also, the coaches don't want to move Kiwanuka back and forth between end and linebacker. They know if there is an emergency at linebacker, he can fill in there.

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