2004: PHILIP RIVERS / ELI MANNING, Quarterbacks, N.C. State /...

2004: PHILIP RIVERS / ELI MANNING, Quarterbacks, N.C. State / Ole Miss
Drafted: First round, No. 4 overall
Technically, the Giants drafted Philip Rivers, but he was immediately traded (along with draft picks) to San Diego for Eli Manning in a pre-arranged deal. Manning rewarded then-GM Ernie Accorsi by leading the Giants to the improbable Super Bowl XLII win over the then-undefeated New England Patriots.
Impact: Hit
Credit: AP

The Giants have eight picks in the NFL Draft, which means they’ll be able to select eight players with whom they’ll likely not be allowed contact until a new CBA is agreed to. Here, according to the NFL.com Draft Tracker, are the Giants’ picks:


* - indicates compensatory pick

Where's the fifth-rounder? It was traded to the Vikings in the deal for backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who threw zero passes during the 2010 season. Rosenfels did play in the final drive of the Seattle blowout, and he catually became more of a special teams help than Dariuis Reynaud, with whom he was traded to the Giants just prior to the start of the season. Rosenfels stepped in to replace Matt Dodge as the holder for Lawrence Tynes and stabilized the kicking game. Reynaud wound up injured and benched.

The Giants still owe the Vikings a conditional pick in the 2012 draft ... assuming there is one. Who knows? The draft may be deemed illegal by some court by the time we get there!

Also, the Giants can trade any of six of their picks -- they can't trade comp picks -- for other picks, including picks in future drafts (as the league ominously says, at their own risk!). They cannot, however, trade them for players or trade players for picks, so don't expect a draft-day deal for Barry Cofield unless there's a CBA by that point. They also cannot trade picks for players who have already been selected, as they did when they acquired Eli Manning for Phillip Rivers and other selections in 2004.

I am told that from a media standpoint, even if the lockout is in effect the Giants and other teams will be allowed to make their newly selected but unwelcome players available to reporters. Usually the Giants do that over the phone unless it's a local guy who they can bring in or someone who is in New York for the draft festivities. But the Giants haven;t selected a player who has attended the draft since they took Rivers and wound up with Eli in 2004. At 19, the chances of them grabbing a player who is at Radio City seem pretty slim.


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