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Mailbag: OL draft options; best player available? 


George in Florida: The Giants must pick an OT within their first two picks; most likely at #5 among Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, and Charles Cross; then trade their #7 pick to get more picks with a preference of maybe 6-to-3 for offense over defense. Does this make sense?

John Schmeelk: It's never wise to say the Giants "must" pick a particular position. You pick players, not positions. But an offensive tackle will likely meet the value at #5 or #7 and that position is a real need. And it's appealing to trade back to give the new regime more opportunities to build up the roster this year and next.

John in New Jersey: With all the new offensive line additions does it make sense for the Giants to take a linemen with the first two picks or go defense with both picks?

John Schmeelk: You are putting far too much importance on need with your question. Pick the best player on the board weighted for positional value and need. If there is a player that stands alone on the board from a grade perspective you select that player. If players are close, then you take the positional value and need into consideration. The Giants are fortunate that the best players in this class also play positions of relative need, figuring on a tackle, edge, cornerback or safety.

Michael in New Jersey: Will the Giants go with the Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton as their first or second pick, rather than an offensive lineman or edge rusher?

John Schmeelk: Hamilton is a very good football player and merits consideration as a high pick. He is big, long and has great range playing safety. He might not have the speed or agility to cover wide receivers in space but he should be able to cover tight ends. He can play in the box, or in a single-high or dual-high alignment but might not even be on the board when the Giants pick at #5.


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