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Giants 2018 NFL Draft picks are set


The Giants 2018 NFL Draft (April 26-28) order is offically set:

Thirty-two clubs looked at 336 prospects this past week at the NFL Scouting Combine. Seven of those players could be Giants.

Big Blue returns from Indianapolis with seven picks in the seven-round draft, which takes place April 26-28:

**Round** **Pick** **Overall**
1 2 2
2 2 34
3 2 66
4 2 102
4 35 135 (compensatory selection)
5 2 139
6 2 176

They also come back from the combine with a salary cap that has been set at $177,200,000 per club for the 2018 league year.

Free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on March 14. During the two-day period before then, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4 p.m. on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. on March 14. 

In other league news, franchise and transition player designations were also announced Tuesday. The franchise players were defensive ends Demarcus Lawrence (Cowboys) and Ezekiel Ansah (Lions), safety Lamarcus Joyner (Rams), wide receiver Jarvis Landry (Dolphins), and running back Le'Veon Bell (Steelers). Cornerback Kyle fuller (Bears) received the transition tag.

A total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded to 15 teams this year, including a fourth-round selection (135th overall) to the Giants.

Compensatory picks, which can be positioned within the third through seventh rounds, are based on the value of the free agents lost. Last year, the Giants lost free agents Johnathan Hankins, Robbie Gould, Marshall Newhouse, and Coty Sensabaugh. They signed tight end Rhett Ellison and quarterback Geno Smith. As for their seventh-round pick, the Giants traded it to Pittsburgh for cornerback Ross Cockrell last Sept. 3. It turned out to be the 220th overall choice.

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