The Giants did not know which specific players they would select in the NFL Draft, but they did have a definitive strategy as to what areas of need they wanted to address. Sure, they always attempt to pick the best player available when their selection rolls around, but this year — more than most years — they had a pre-set goal in mind.

Get bigger and tougher up front.

“Well, we went in with some pretty set ideas about what we wanted to accomplish going forward,’’ coach Tom Coughlin said after the Giants added four linemen with their seven picks. “We did go ahead and address our offensive and defensive lines with some competitiveness achieved with regard to that.’’

No one can predict the quality of the players taken, but there’s no doubt about their size. The first three rounds added 880 pounds, with right tackle Justin Pugh of Syracuse expected to challenge for a starting job, 320-pound defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins of Ohio State expected to be an immediate rotational run-stuffer and defensive end Damontre Moore from Texas A&M filling some sort of pass-rusher role. Heck, even Ryan Nassib, the quarterback the Giants surprisingly traded up to get in the fourth round, is a linebacker-ish 6-foot-2 and 227 pounds.

The safety they took in the fifth round, Cooper Taylor of Richmond, actually is almost linebacker-sized at 6-foot-4, 228. Their seventh-round pick, guard Eric Herman of Ohio, is a 320-pound grinder, and the running back taken later in the seventh round, Michael Cox of UMass, is a big back at 6-foot-1 and 214 pounds.