Giants in the market for a running back in the draft?

According to Charles Robinson of Y! Sports, the Giants could be on the market for a running back:

It likely won’t happen until beyond the first round, but teams aren’t ruling out the New York Giants pulling a surprise and taking a running back with the 15th overall pick. Word has circulated among several personnel departments that the Giants are looking for a replacement for Brandon Jacobs. It sounds crazy, considering Jacobs just inked an extension before the 2009 season. However, that four-year pact is easily dispensable after 2010, with $13 million in guarantees and $15 million of the overall $25 million coming by the end of the upcoming season. Again, the first round doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Giants considering seemingly more pressing needs on defense, but other teams aren’t ruling it out.

Let’s dissect this: So, they aren’t ruling out a first round running back selection. That would be CJ Spiller and Ryan Matthews. I think Spiller will be gone by 15–Jacksonville, San Francisco and Seattle are all possibilities. Matthews is a good player, but I don’t think he’s worthy of the 15th pick. They may trade back for him.

Now, Jacobs. I don’t think it would be a trade. With that money, they would just release him, and eat the money. Jacobs has been disappointing since he signed the contract extension (and I do think those are related). They have Ahmad Bradshaw, an unknown commodity in Andre Brown (although we here at GiantsGab are high on him). I think the Giants won’t release Jacobs. He’s so talented, and I think, when healthy, he makes the other runners better.

I still think the Giants should draft a running back. I would love Spiller, just don’t think he’ll be there. I would love Jahvid Best in the 2nd. The Giants need a running back because Jacobs and Bradshaw haven’t been able to stay healthy. Best is not a full time back, but he does add a dimension to the offense that we don’t have. That’s why Toby Gerhart or Jonathan Dwyer could be a nice option in the 2nd round.

So, a couple of questions for you. Do you think the Giants should get rid of Jacobs? Should they spend a first round pick on a running back? Which 2nd or 3rd round running back do you like?

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