I’m sitting on the Sirius radio set with Tim Ryan, Pat Kirwan and Gil Brandt, who just conducted an interview with Giants general manager Jerry Reese.
Reese shared effusive praise for first-round draft pick Hakeem Nicks. Reese said he loved several characteristics about the wide receiver from North Carolina.
“He has strong arms, is a big kid and can absorb hits,” Reese said. “He’s tough to knock down.”
Reese was similarly excited about the other wide receiver he drafted, third-round pick Ramses Barden of Cal Poly. Reese brushed aside concerns about Barden’s poor showing at the Senior Bowl and believes Barden can make an impact in the NFL.
“We think this kid can really grow up into being something special for us,” Reese said.
Having taken two wide receivers in the draft, Reese obviously opted against trading for Browns WR Braylon Edwards or one of the other veterans.
“We felt like there was some very good young receivers in this draft and we were not going to overextend ourselves with the veteran wide receivers on other teams,” Reese said. “We investigated these players in the draft and we felt like there would be somebody there at 29. We didn’t want to overextend or reach in a trade.”
Though Reese repeatedly expressed satisfaction with his current crop of receivers, he did leave the door slightly ajar to potentially making a move for a veteran in the future.
“We still have our options open, so we can see if there is something else that can be done, but we are very happy with the receivers we have,” Reese said.