Victor Cruz knows what the Giants should do with the 12th pick of this year’s NFL draft: Grab a replacement for the departed Hakeem Nicks. That’s something the Giants’ “definitely” need, Cruz said during an interview Thursday on NFL Network. He said the Giants, in order to be successful in their new offense, need a big-play receiver on the outside. “If I had my choice, if I had my pick, I think we should go receiver,” Cruz said on NFL Total Access. “I think we definitely need some help, especially losing a guy like Hakeem Nicks, such a big-play guy in our offense. I think that’s something we need back in this offense to be successful. An outside guy that can do the job and that can help fuel all the other receivers in the locker room and put some fire up under them to get them where they have to be.” That last sentence seemed to be directed at third-year pro Rueben Randle, who currently is slated to step into Nicks’ shoes. However, though the Giants do have high hopes for Randle, Giants GM Jerry Reese recently said “the jury’s still out” on whether he can be a No. 1 receiver in the league. So who does Cruz think the Giants should select? He tabbed Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans as the ideal candidate to fill that outside role. He’s not the only one either. Several sources have told the Daily News recently that Evans, a 6-5, 225-pounder, is up near the top of the Giants’ draft board and a player they very seriously have their eye on at No. 12. “He’s a guy that’s a big body that can get down the field, that can catch the ball with strength over his head, around defenders,” Cruz said. “He’s a guy that I watched a lot during his college tenure and that I’m excited about.” Evans could be a likely choice for the Giants at No. 12 – if he lasts that long in the first round on May 8. Some in the Giants organization think he will, though with two weeks until the draft it’s still too early to tell. What about Randle? He showed some promise last year, catching 41 passes for 611 yards and six touchdowns and according to several players his work ethic – which some questioned during his rookie season –improved. In his interviews on Tuesday, the first offseason day of media access to the Giants, he sounded like he was ready to fill Nicks’ role.
Cruz wants Giants to draft another WR
New York Daily News | Apr 24