During New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese’s pre-draft press conference Thursday, he made it clear Big Blue is not in the market for another headache. As a result, you can likely mark offensive tackle Taylor Lewan off the Giants’ draft board, according to NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan.
Reese’s stance is understandable. They’ve had enough issues getting safety Will Hill on the field without first serving a four-game suspension. The Giants value every player on their active roster, and they are not willing to spend a first-round pick to add someone who could prove to be problematic. It’s sound logic.
For many Giants fans hoping for Lewan’s services in New York, however, it could be a bit disappointing. The former Wolverine has some concerning off-field marks on his record after being charged with three misdemeanors in an alleged assault involving Ohio State fans back in December.
Throughout the offseason, Lewan has been pegged as a potential target for the Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is a big (6-foot-7, 309 pounds), gifted athlete who could make any offensive line immediately better. At the moment though, it doesn’t appear the Giants are willing to overlook the risk for the sake of the potential reward.