NY Giants GM Jerry Reese Drafts To Fill Needs

March 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Over the past few weeks, I have read a number of comments suggesting that NY Giants general manager Jerry Reese is "too smart" to draft based on need and that the good GMs draft the best player available instead of reaching for the best player at their position of need.  
Using this logic and judging by Reese's three drafts as Giants GM, he does not fit the profile of a good general manager.
In 2007, the team's biggest need was a cornerback, and Reese drafted Aaron Ross.  
In 2008, the team's biggest need was a safety to replace Gibril Wilson, and Reese drafted Kenny Phillips.  
And in 2009, the team's biggest need was a wide receiver (or so everyone thought), and Reese drafted Hakeem Nicks.
To say that Reese will not draft for need in the first round is a statement that is not based on fact.
Is it possible that Reese selected the best player available according to the Giants' draft board, and that they just happened to coincidentally play t...

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