The Giants Off-Season is starting to look more promising than any other year I have seen in the last decade. The Giants not only have an onslaught of talented players they have picked up in the draft, but they also have the upcoming draft to look forward to and continue filling slots; and now they have a compensatory draft pick to pick up another player in the draft.
According to Giants.com, “under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.” For the Giants, this pick is going to be 34th pick in the fifth round, the 174th overall pick in the draft. Considering that the Giants have a lot of holes to fill and that they gave up their seventh round pick in a trade for Jon Beason last year, this pick comes in handy. Essentially, the Jon Beason trade did not cost much since the Giants just received an additional (and higher) pick in the draft.
Despite it being in the fifth round, the Giants could get a steal and end up with a great player–even if we won’t find out until years down the road. Consider some of the Giants previous compensatory draft picks through the years:
- David Tyree – 211th pick in the 2003 draft
- Ahmad Bradshaw – 250th pick in the 2007 draft
There are others, but these are two of the most notable ones in the last handful of years. Giants fans will forever remember David Tyree as the one who made the miraculous helmet catch during the Superbowl. Meanwhile, Ahmad Bradshaw was a great running back during his time with Big Blue, staying with the team and having a pivotal role during both of the recent Giants Superbowl seasons. Right now, he plays for the Colts.
All this is to say, the compensatory draft pick cannot hurt the Giants–it can only help. Overall, it’s just another promising thing during the Giants Off-Season. Although they are probably done drafting Free Agents for now, the draft is coming up soon and I’m sure they plan on drafting some excellent players that could make an immediate impact.