Smith PFT: Giants to complete visits with Top 4 quarterbacks this week
Raanan ESPN NY: Giants draft buzz: It all 'leads to Saquon Barkley'
Lombardo NJ.com: Giants host FIU WR Thomas Owens for pre-NFL Draft visit, source says
King MMQB: Six Ways To Draft Day: How First Half-Dozen Picks May Go
“I can’t say with certainty, but I believe GM Dave Gettleman has looked at the five top quarterbacks in this draft and found flaws in each one. Now, he may love one quarterback, even if it’s not a perfect one, and if he’s there at two, who knows? But those who know Gettleman believe he would not use the second pick in a draft on a flawed player, particularly when he has a quarterback who is healthy and has won two Super Bowls—though Eli Manning has not played well in recent years—and a quarterback he never got to see last year (rookie Davis Webb)—because of stupid Giants’ decision-making in the last month of a lost season. Gettleman has to look at this draft and think about two players:
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, the best back to come into the league in years. Think of Philly defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, even with Star Wars weaponry all over his depth chart, trying to defend Barkley, wideouts Odell Beckham Jr., and Sterling Shepard and rising-star tight end Evan Engram, with a solid left tackle (Nate Solder) suddenly making Manning less vulnerable to a great pass-rush. Beckham is 25, Shepard 24, Engram 23, Barkley 21. That is pretty tempting.
North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, a relentless edge rusher who could step in day one and be a good bookend for Olivier Vernon on the Giants’ front. There aren’t many college edge rushers who can play the run well and the pass superbly, but this stat from his college career says he can do just that: He exceeded 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in each of his last two college seasons.
I truly don’t know what the Giants will do, particularly if they’ve got a bright prospect like Darnold staring at them when their 15 minutes start April 26. But I don’t see Gettleman passing on two surer things over a quarterback he’s not at all sure about. I also would be surprised if Gettleman trades the pick with two franchise players on the board, but if the Bills offer three ones to come up, he’s going to have to think about it. I doubt he’d do it, because of what he said at the combine: “You’re drafting [at two] what you think is gonna be a Hall of Fame player. So you can’t get too cute about the whole thing.”
One final piece of intel: Gettleman was the Carolina GM for five drafts, between 2013 and 2017. He never traded any of his five first-round picks. Only once did he trade one of his second-round picks, moving up 16 spots in the 2015 draft to snag wideout Devin Funchess. So there’s not much of a history there.”
Baltimore Sun: Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore to visit Bills, Patriots
Cosenza Cincy Jungle: 2018 NFL Draft: Bengals meeting with Iowa center James Daniels
Goul Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ten NFL Draft 2018 prospects the Browns should avoid
Klis 9News Denver: TRADE REPORTS MOTIVATE C.J. ANDERSON ENTERING BRONCOS OFFSEASON
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is 'definitely ready for a big year'
O’Halloran Florida Times Union: Jaguars ready for prime time, but TV networks may not agree
Kaye WTLV Jacksonville: Q& A WITH AN NFL DRAFT EXPERT: WHICH QBS COULD INTEREST THE JAGUARS AFTER THE FIRST ROUND?
Paylor KC Star: Chiefs sign another free-agent running back
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Woike LA Times: Chargers hope to begin offseason workout with momentum from last season's finish
Woike LA Times: Chargers' glaring weakness, special teams, should be major focus at NFL draft
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Klein LA Times: Aaron Donald not expected to show when Rams begin voluntary offseason workouts Monday
Joel Corry (@corryjoel)
4/15/18, 6:29 PM
Rams lack of salary cap room doesn't have to be an issue with a new Aaron Donald deal. He could be given a $30.5M signing bonus where his 2018 base salary drops to $792,000 & his current cap number stays at $6.892M. However, Rams don't give big signing bonuses on veteran deals.
Klein LA Times: Rams' big question on special teams: Will Greg Zuerlein be back to old form?
McBride Boston Globe: Will a rookie join the Patriots’ QB fold?
Pepin Boston Globe: Rob Gronkowski reportedly won’t attend start of Patriots’ offseason program
Princiotti Boston Globe: Patriots face tough task finding Nate Solder’s replacement
Ben Volin (@BenVolin)
4/16/18, 5:24 AM
Patriots are hosting UCLA OT Kolton Miller today on a top 30 visit, per league source. Was Josh Rosen’s blindside protector last year. 6-9, 310 pounds, and set the Combine record for OL with a 10-1 broad jump. A definite first-round possibility for the Pats to replace Solder
Kempski Phillyvoice: Eagles 2018 NFL Draft preview: Defensive end
Bowen Phil.com: Eagles release Daryl Worley after Sunday morning arrest in South Philly
Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane)
4/15/18, 6:57 PM
Daryl Worley gave the #Eagles more depth, but he was not likely slotted to start at CB this spring w/ Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas on the roster. However the release of Worley could most impact them if they were willing to deal a CB at the draft.
Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison announces his retirement ... again
Barrows Sac Bee: 49ers offseason begins; young players poised to make a leap
Branch SF Chronicle: 49ers’ Foster will not participate in team activities
Barrows Sac Bee: Reuben Foster won't take part in 49ers' offseason program
Copeland Washington Post: USC’s Ronald Jones is a playmaker, but the Redskins may want a back who moves the chains
Sutton: Riley Kolste Football: Nick Saban’s Alabama Pass Coverages
Miller B/R: Love and Football: NFL Insiders on the Josh Rosen Question and Why It Matters
Lombardo NJ.com: The next LeSean McCoy? Ex-Penn State defender explains what makes Saquon Barkley special
Pflum SB Nation: 2018 NFL Draft prospect profile: Obonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Oklahoma
Miller B/R: NFL Draft 400: Top LBs for 2018 NFL Draft
Edholm PFW: NFL draft profile — No. 13: Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
Giants Birthdays 4-16
John Hill C/T D6-Lehigh 1972 NYG 1972-1974
Terrell Manning OLB W- MIN 2014 W-CHI 2014 NYG 2014 4-16-1990
Lewis Tillman RB D4-Jackson State 1989 1989 NYG 1989-1993 4-16-1966