The New York Giants were awarded a compensatory fourth round pick in next month’s NFL Draft which will be held April 26-28. The pick is the 131st overall selection. The NFL awards compensatory picks based upon a formula that incorporates salary, playing time, and postseason honors. Last season the Giants signed punter Steve Weatherford and center David Baas but lost defensive tackle Barry Cofield, wide receiver Steve Smith, and tight end Kevin Boss. According to NFL rules, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents is eligible to receive a compensatory pick in the following year’s draft.
The extra fourth round pick now gives the Giants a total of eight picks in next month’s draft, one in each round with the exception of the fourth round where they will now have two. Here is a quick breakdown of the Giants draft selections:
Round Selection Overall Selection
1 32 32
2 32 63*
3 32 94
4 32 127
4 36 131#
5 32 167
6 32 201
7 32 239
*The Giants were able to move up from the 64th to the 63rd pick because the New Orleans Saints were forced to forfeit their second round pick as part of the penalty for “Bountygate.”
# This is the Giants compensatory pick.
Under GM Jerry Reese the Giants have had mixed success with their fourth round selections. Here is a list of all 4th Round picks the Giants have made under Jerry Reese:
2007 – LB/LS Zak DeOssie
2008 – LB Bryan Kehl
2009 – RB Andre Brown
2010 – LB Phillip Dillard
2011 – OT James Brewer
None have been impact players. DeOssie is probably the most valuable among the picks with Brewer a work in progress. The Giants like Brewer and drafted him knowing he would be a project and there is a chance that he could be the Giants starting right tackle next season. Andre Brown figures to see an increased workload if he can show the Giants some improvement and can stay healthy, two things that hindered his development.
There is no reason to think that Jerry Reese won’t find a capable player with his extra pick, at least someone who can help out on special teams or someone who the Giants can develop, like James Brewer from last season.