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Pre-Draft Week Figures To Be A Busy One:

From Ralph Vacchiano:

The stage is set for what Jerry Reese said could be a “hot and heavy” predraft week for the Giants, and not just because they’re in the Braylon Edwards hunt.

They’re also sitting on a gold mine of draft picks – 10 in all, including five picks over the first three rounds. And since the Giants have no need or desire to use them all, Reese’s phone figures to be ringing, and he should have plenty of opportunities to make a deal.

“You never know what could happen,” Reese said last week at his annual pre-draft press conference. “(It’s) going to get hot and heavy and we could package some picks and do something with them. So you never know.”

The Giants’ selections for this weekend’s draft start with the 29th overall selection in the first round. They also have extra second- and fifth-round picks (Nos. 45 and 151 overall), obtained from New Orlean’s in  last summer’s Shockey trade. And they were awarded a third-round compensatory pick (100th) from the NFL for their free-agent losses last year.

The Giants are not allowed to trade the comp pick, but five picks in the first 100 selections gives them strength from which to deal. Giving up a first-rounder in a big deal for a receiver like Edwards – or, less likely, Anquan Boldin- wouldn’t hurt as much since they have the 13th pick of the second round. And if the price of either of them is, as reported, a first, third and fifth, the blow would be softened even more because the Giants have extra picks in the third and fifth rounds as well.

Even if they can’t land Edwards – who still remains Reese’s No.1 target this week, according to a team source – there are other possibilities. The Giants could package picks to move up in the first round to get a top receiver, perhaps Jeremy Maclin.

“There are always a lot (of options),” Reese said. “Everybody is jockeying, saying, ‘Do you want to move up? Do you want to move down?'”

To be fair, Reese also said it’s possible the Giants will stand pat and not deal any of their picks – particularly their first five. His roots, remember, are as a scout and he considers his picks to be valuable commodities.

“We have five picks in the first 100 picks, so we feel like we can get five really good football players,” Reese said. “I don’t feel any pressure to have to move up or package the picks or do anything like that.”

Still, it’s nice to have options. And in the next few days the Giants figure to have plenty.

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