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Teams hope to duplicate Giants' '07 draft, more notes

Don Banks / Sports Illustrated

Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we count down to the start of the annual meat market that is the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis ...

• In a dream world, of course, it's supposed to work out for every team like it did for the Giants last year. The trip to the combine is where an NFL team starts to lay the foundation of its annual draft class, and no team got more out of the due diligence it did in late February than the Giants, whose crop of rookies contributed mightily to their storybook run to the Super Bowl title.

Last year at this time, newly named Giants general manager Jerry Reese went to the combine looking for impact players and building blocks for a roster he wanted to re-shape rather than re-build. He got more than he could have ever imagined, as New York's entire eight-man draft class not only made the team, but seven of the players wound up playing very significant roles in the Giants' surprising success story. Full Story – SI

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