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Giants 'confident' at No. 25, but nothing ruled out

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants own the 25th selection in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, but if they adhere to recent tradition, another team will take a player in that spot when the draft begins a week from today.

The 25th pick has been traded in six consecutive drafts. Last year, it was dealt from Buffalo to Baltimore – which has acquired it in three of the last five drafts – before the Ravens selected Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum.

The draft will kick off with Round 1 a week from tonight and continue with Rounds 2-3 on Friday and 4-7 on Saturday.

Joe Schoen participated in an annual rite of spring for a Giants general manager, meeting with reporters a week before the start of the draft. And like his predecessors, Schoen spoke in generalities and offered absolutely no clues regarding who the Giants like, dislike or will select.

However, Schoen did follow one custom by declaring he is not averse to trading if presented with a deal he believes would benefit the Giants. In his first draft as the G.M. a year ago, Schoen kept the fifth and seventh choices in the first round and the Giants acquired edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and right tackle Evan Neal. But he twice traded back in the second round to acquire one extra pick in both the fourth and fifth rounds.

This year, he could stay where he is, move up or back while relinquishing or acquiring selections in this draft, or perhaps do the same with picks in the 2024 draft.

"I'd be open to any of that," Schoen said. "I'm never going to rule it out. If it's the right player and the value aligns, I'd move up. If it was a future pick, I would do that, too.

"Last year, just where we were financially, we needed as many depth pieces as we can. So moving back a couple times last year just made sense. It got us some more bodies that - so that was a little bit of the thought process that went into that."

And if the Giants stay put at 25?

"We have guys in the first round that we like," Schoen said, "and we are pretty confident that there will be somebody there when we pick at 25 that we'll be happy with."

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*Recent No. 25 Draft Choice Trades:

Table inside Article
Year From To Player
2022 Buffalo Baltimore C Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa)
2021 L.A. Rams Jacksonville RB Travis Etienne (Clemson)
2020 Minnesota San Francisco WR Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State)
2019 Philadelphia Baltimore WR Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
2018 Tennessee Baltimore TE Hayden Hurst (South Carolina)
2017 Houston Cleveland S Jabrill Peppers (Michigan)

Last team to keep the 25th pick: Pittsburgh in 2016 (CB Artie Burns, Miami)

*The Giants currently have 10 selections in next week's draft, including at least one in all seven rounds:

  • Round 1 - No. 25
  • Round 2 - No. 57
  • Round 3 - No. 89
  • Round 4 - No. 128
  • Round 5 - No. 160
  • Round 5 - No. 172 (Compensatory Selection)
  • Round 6 - No. 209 (from Kansas City/Kadarius Toney trade)
  • Round 7 - No. 240 (from Baltimore/Ben Bredeson trade)
  • Round 7 - No. 243
  • Round 7 - No. 254 (Compensatory Selection)

The Giants traded their own sixth-round selection, No. 203 overall, to Houston in the 2021 trade in which they acquired cornerback Keion Crossen. They also sent a special compensatory selection, No. 100 overall, to Las Vegas for tight end Darren Waller. The Giants had acquired the pick from the Chiefs in the Toney trade.

*Schoen fielded questions on numerous topics during his news conference. A sampling:

*On the wide receivers, a position group the Giants are widely reported to be interested in early in the draft:

"It's a good group of receivers at the top of the draft, depending how you have them ranked," Schoen said. "Everybody's got different strengths and weaknesses, and again I think there's a lot of talented players in the draft.

"(You try to) identify what's going to separate those guys from the pack and what makes them great. Every year I think there's 20-plus receivers that are drafted, and how many truly go on to have success, that's what we're trying to figure out."

*When selecting late in the first round, how does he define draft success?

"We like to look at the play time over three years," Schoen said. "Usually, it's over three years what their play time is, their contribution, whether they development into a starter; that's obviously a hit. If they turn into a good starter, that's good. That's what you strive for. But there's also role players and there's really good special teams players that you value.

"So again, it's their role. It's their fit on the team, their contribution over that four-year period. But usually after three years you know if they are a contributor or not and there's going to be different types of contributions."

*On adding either a veteran or rookie backup quarterback to join Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor, currently the only players at that position currently under contract.

"I would just say right now we are happy with Tyrod," Schoen said. "Tyrod is the backup. I think we are in good shape right now.

"We had Davis Webb (as the third quarterback) last year. (Webb is now the Denver Broncos' quarterbacks coach.) We'll continue to look whether it's a veteran free agent or somebody in the draft or post-draft, whoever it may be. We'll have three quarterbacks in camp."

*Schoen said nothing has changed regarding Saquon Barkley, who has not signed his franchise tag tender and thus cannot participate in the team's offseason conditioning program.

"Nothing's changed since we talked at the owners' meetings," Schoen said. "There's nothing new. I haven't talked to him.

"I'm just going to get through the draft right now. My focus right now is totally on that. So, there's no rush right now. I just want to get through the draft and step back after that and see what the roster looks like and then go from there."

*Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence does have a contract for the 2023 season, but is currently

not participating in the voluntary offseason program.

"I talked to Dexter's representatives this week, dialogue's good there," Schoen said. "So yeah, I've talked to him. Again, it's hard this time of year. We're deep into the draft and the draft prep - but have had good conversations with Dexter's representatives, and we'll see where that stands moving forward.

"It's voluntary. If Dexter chooses not to be there, that's his decision. Dexter knows how we feel about him, and he knows he's an important part of the organization, and there's a business side to it, too. But him showing up for the off-season program is voluntary."

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