Orlando – High five for the Giants!
Despite projecting for themselves a relatively low compensatory pick in the upcoming draft, the Giants were instead awarded with a fifth-rounder, the 174th overall selection. It was enough of a surprise for general manager Jerry Reese to quip to reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting that it was “the best thing that happened to us today.”
The addition gives the Giants seven picks heading into the May 8 draft. They have one pick in the first, second, third, fourth and sixth rounds and two in the fifth. They traded away their seventh-rounder for Jon Beason last fall. The compensatory pick cannot be traded.
So what’s the difference between a fifth-rounder and a seventh-rounder? Well, some of the recent hits that the Giants have made in the fifth round include Kevin Boss, David Diehl and Gibril Wilson. Of course, seventh-rounders sometimes pan out too. That’s where they took Ahmad Bradshaw. And don’t get the Giants started on undrafted guys (cough, cough, Victor Cruz).
In the official release of the compensatory picks, the league provided a list of the players who figured into their equations. For the Giants they measured the departures of Martellus Bennett, Osi Umenyiora, Chase Blackburn and Domenick Hixon against the additions of Josh Brown, Brandon Myers and Ryan Mundy.
Since 1994, when the NFL first began awarding compensatory picks, the Giants have received 23 of them.