NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – The prevailing thought is Giants general manager Jerry Reese will pick an offensive lineman in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft. But with uncertainty in the backfield, will Big Blue try to snag a top running back?
Backup Brandon Jacobs wasn’t happy leaving the Giants locker room after the season ended, so one has to wonder whether the team will want him around.
“I have no idea about what’s going to happen,” Jacobs said Tuesday after showing up at the Giants’ practice facility. “Whatever they do, they do. I can’t control what they do, not one bit. All I can do is make the best of whatever they do. As much as I want Ahmad (Bradshaw) to be here with me … I also have my family, as well, that has to continue to eat.”
Bradshaw, New York’s starting running back, is a restricted free agent, but who knows if free agency will change if a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
“I hope he’s back,” Jacobs said. “I hate to see someone get another back like that. I want him to be here. But from a business point of it you don’t know what can happen. He may end up going somewhere else or he may end up staying here. Hopefully it’s the second choice, but I just want him to be somewhere and be happy.”
One interesting pick at No. 19 might be Alabama back Mark Ingram, whose father (Mark) was drafted by the Giants in the first round in 1987.
There are questions about Ingram because of a knee problem last year, but New York has never hesitated taking a player if they were satisfied with his physical condition.
“I never watch the draft,” Jacobs said. “I don’t really care about the draft, it doesn’t bother me one bit. Whoever they pick, they pick. Whoever that person is, our job as that person’s teammates is to make them better.”
The NFL lockout is what’s made this draft different from any of Reese’s previous four. There has not been a free agency period because of the current NFL labor dispute, preventing Reese from addressing any holes since the Giants missed the postseason with a 10-6 record.
Reese has had excellent results in the draft, taking cornerback Aaron Ross (2007), safety Kenny Phillips (’08) and receiver Hakeem Nicks (’09). The only negatives with any of them have been injuries.
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