Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese has earned the benefit of the doubt during his first three years running the draft. But that doesn't mean he won't encounter some second-guessers regarding his decision to draft a wide receiver (Hakeem Nicks) in the first round rather than trade for an established player such as Arizona's Anquan Boldin. Here's what noted coffee drinker and SI.com columnist Peter King had to say about the move:
"Sorry. I still can't figure why, with five picks in the top three rounds, they didn't go get Anquan Boldin or Braylon Edwards. Giants fans have every right to have the attitude 'In Jerry We Trust' about GM Jerry Reese, and they'll just have to trust that Hakeem Nicks or the tall drink of water from Cal Poly, Ramses Barden, is going to be a go-to guy for Eli Manning by October. How many times does that happen in the NFL with rookie receivers? Not many."
I think the Giants have decided to put even more emphasis on the running game in '09. Last year, they hoped that Domenik Hixon could replace some of Plaxico Burress' big-play ability. That was too much pressure to put on a relatively inexperienced player. New York also thinks a reinforced defense means they won't be leaning on Manning and the offense quite as much. Will they regret not trading for Boldin or Edwards? Check back with me in December.
"Now, no one knows if Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy are going to be players. But getting them at 19 and 53, respectively, constitutes the best value picking of any team on day one of the draft, as happened last year with DeSean Jackson in the middle of Round 2."