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Jets and Giants prepare for the first round on Thursday night

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    You'll see a lot of Roger Goodell on Thursday night.

    The NFL has descended on Radio City Music Hall for the draft and the show kicks off with the first round on Thursday night.

    Since there's a good chance that you've been distracted by the Rangers, Knicks, Mets, Yankees and parts of your life that don't involve obsessing over the shuttle run times of 21-year-olds, you might need a little help getting ready for the big night. That's what we're here for and we'll run you through the big questions you might have.

    Who's going first?

    Seriously, you can't be that busy. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will join the Colts, something we've known since the Colts clinched the worst record in the league.

    Do we know any other picks?

    The Redskins will take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner, with the second overall pick. This should end the long, fruitless search for a long-term quarterback in D.C., although we must note that they beat the Giants twice with Rex Grossman last year.

    What's the story with the Jets?

    They've got 10 picks overall and they have the 16th pick in the first round. Their needs start with the pass rush and right tackle, move through wide receiver and safety and wrap up with running back and more pass rushers.

    What's all this talk about Alabama running back Trent Richardson?

    Richardson created some buzz on Wednesday when he said the Jets, who reportedly have Richardson first on their draft board, called to get contact info for draft night. That's a pretty standard operating procedure, but it touched off rampant speculation that the Jets were looking to make another big draft deal.

    Will it happen?

    Doubtful to highly doubtful. The cost to move up to the third pick, where the Jets would need to be to get Richardson, is extremely high and you saw the long list of needs a couple of questions up.

    So you're saying there's a chance?

    With the Jets, one must learn to rule nothing out. It would be surprising unless Richardson takes an unexpected spill on Thursday night, though.

    Who will they pick if not Richardson?

    South Carolina linebacker Melvin Ingram, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, Stanford guard David DeCastro and Syracuse edge rusher Chandler Jones have all come up as possibilities. If we had to bet, we'd bet on a defensive player.

    What about the Giants?

    Winning the Super Bowl means the Giants don't have nearly as many needs as the Jets, but they do have some spots to address. Offensive line, tight end, running back and linebacker would be at the top of the list.

    Who are the names to know?

    There's been plenty of talk about Stanford tight end Coby Fleener and Ohio State tackle Mike Adams, but Jerry Reese has never been one to draft for need at the top of the draft. The last two first-round picks -- Jason Pierre-Paul and Prince Amukamara -- didn't fill obvious needs so there's no reason to expect he'll do the obvious thing this time.

    Anything else to know about the Giants?

    Hope you're sitting down to process the shock of this, but Osi Umenyiora is complaining about his playing time and contract for about the zillionth time in his Giants career. There's a chance the Giants would trade him, but they've never shown any reason to think that they are less than perfectly fine having a miserable person rushing the passer for them.

    Josh Alper is a writer living in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter and he is also a contributor to Pro Football Talk.

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