Happy First-Round-Of-The-Draft day, everybody. And may all your picks be keepers.
I was thinking about doing an April Fool's Day-type post that had the league postponing the draft until next week, just to see if I could hear that little "pop" as Wayno's head explodes, but decided against it. Instead, here's a few facts to take into the evening.
The Giants head into the draft at No. 15 for the first time in 40 years. The last time they chose at 15, in 1970, they picked Oklahoma linebacker Jim Files. He then went on to have a rather undistinguished four-year career. Could be good cause to trade up or down right there.
In addition to their first-round choice, the Giants will choose 14th in the second round (No. 46 overall), 12th in the third (No. 76), 17th in the fourth round (No. 115), 16th in the fifth (No. 147), 15th in the sixth (No. 184) and 14th in the seventh (No. 221).
The Giants received no compensatory picks for the first time in several years. Thus, they have just seven picks, one in each round. Whether Jerry Reese is willing to give up any of them to move up is unclear. In his three previous drafts, Reese has never engineered a first-round trade. But he has traded up in later rounds.
The Giants haven't taken a first-round running back since Ron Dayne in 2000, and haven't drafted a first-round linebacker since Carl Banks in 1984. The last time they took a first-round defensive end came in Ernie Accorsi's final draft in 2006, when he took Mathias Kiwanuka. Those three positions are the favorites for the No. 1 pick this year (C.J. Spiller, Rolando McClain, and Jason Pierre-Paul).
Just a little more than eight hours to go before Roger Goodell steps to the podium and says, "Welcome to the 75th annual NFL draft. The St. Louis Rams are on the clock."