Giants agreed to terms with No. 49 overall pick DT Johnathan Hankins on a four-year contract.
Hankins is capable of swallowing up opposing running backs at 6-foot-3, 320 pounds, but flashed an inconsistent motor in the Big 10. He also turned in an underwhelming 5.31 in the 40-yard dash, and painfully-slow 1.82 ten-yard split. He'll have to prove he's ready to work at an NFL level before siphoning snaps from NT Linval Joseph.
Giants agreed to terms with No. 152 overall pick S Cooper Taylor on a four-year, $2.34 million contract.
An imposing 6-foot-4, 228 pounds with 4.49 wheels, Taylor could also see time at weak-side linebacker. Coach Tom Coughlin expects Taylor to compete for time in the Giants' three-safety package, but the majority of his action should come on special teams.
Giants first-round OL Justin Pugh says his "whole objective" is to make his opponent quit.
"I want to have the guy I'm going up against quit the game and check out," Pugh said. The Giants have praised Pugh as a "clean" prospect because of the soundness of his game, but also like his "mean streak." A left tackle for Syracuse, Pugh will probably hold down one of the G-Men's guard spots as a rookie. His short 32-inch arms make it unlikely he'll ever stick at tackle in the NFL.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk that the next 7-10 days are "regarded as important" in long-term talks between the Giants and restricted free agent Victor Cruz.
It's unclear why the next 7-10 days are important, but the Giants would presumably like to get Cruz on the field for a majority of OTAs. Speaking Tuesday, Giants co-owner John Mara said he's "pretty confident" the sides will reach a long-term deal. Cruz has made it clear he wants to remain in New York.
Giants co-owner John Mara reiterated his belief that restricted free agent Victor Cruz will get signed.
Mara is the voice of reason here. Cruz can't sign with any other team, leaving his only leverage play as a holdout through Week 10, a la Vincent Jackson in 2010. "I'm pretty confident that we'll end up reaching a deal with (Cruz)," Mara said. "This is not that atypical a situation. Player contracts, particularly with star players like Victor, can tend to drag on from time to time. I think we'll get it done." The next important date for Cruz is June 17. At that point, the Giants can reduce his one-year, $2.879M tender to $630,000. Mara said the Giants are in "slow but steady" communication with Cruz's camp.
Giants GM Jerry Reese believes fourth-round pick Ryan Nassib has similar traits to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
Like Dalton, Nassib has mediocre arm strength and is probably a borderline starting-caliber NFL talent. "We like the accuracy about him," said Reese. "We like that 'it' factor on him. When I first watched him he reminded me of the QB at Cincinnati that played at TCU." Reese confirmed the Giants selected Nassib at No. 110 overall because "we pick the highest guy on the board."
Ex-Giants LB Clint Sintim has decided to retire.
The No. 45 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Sintim hadn't appeared in a game since 2010 thanks to a series of serious knee injuries. He was waived before final cuts in Giants camp last summer. Sintim is still only 27 years old, but a comeback appears unlikely. He finishes his NFL career with 33 tackles in 24 games.