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Mailbag: O-line draft possibilities; roster decisions


Michael in Connecticut: Do you think the Giants could draft N.C. State tackle Ikem Ekwonu with the fifth overall pick and then trade down from the seventh pick to get Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum?

John Schmeelk: There's no guarantee Ekwonu will be available with the fifth pick – some teams may have him as their top offensive lineman in the class. There's also a question as to whether the Giants will be able to trade down from the seventh, should they choose to go down that path. They need a trade partner who wants to move up. The Falcons (No. 8) and Seahawks (No. 9) have quarterback needs – might another team want to move ahead of them to get a quarterback? It's not impossible. If the Giants move back into the middle or back-half of the first round, they may be able to select one of the top interior offensive linemen such as Linderbaum.

Ken in Connecticut: What was the reason the Giants let go of Logan Ryan? He was a great leader on and off the field and the team is stuck with the dead money from his contract.

John Schmeelk: GM Joe Schoen was asked that question at the owner's meetings earlier in the week and gave this answer: "Best decision for the New York Giants. We thought it was best talking with the new staff. I wish Logan nothing but the best."

Robert in South Carolina: Will the Giants keep Saquon Barkley if he is not traded and has an above-average season (maybe 1,150 rushing and 400 receiving yards)?

John Schmeelk: There's no way to predict the future. Barkley has run into some rotten luck with his injuries. The decision whether to keep Barkley long-term will come down to whether or not he and the Giants can come to an agreement on the economics and length of a contract based off his production and the value the organization thinks he will bring to the field in future seasons. The most important thing to worry about now is for Barkley to have a healthy and productive season.


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