Dunleavy NJ.com: Giants salary cap: How much space needed to sign draft picks? How can it be created?
Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina)
4/13/18, 1:18 PM
Per NFLPA’s public cap report, the Giants have $4.88M in cap space. They’ll need about $5M to sign the draft class plus they’ll need some $$ for in-season signings.
Lombardo NJ.com: Revisiting Dave Gettleman's first-round NFL Draft picks | What can Giants expect at No. 2?
Lombardo NJ.com: Here's how Giants' QBs Eli Manning, Davis Webb are learning Pat Shurmur's offense
Duggan The Athletic: Why the Giants should take a quarterback with the No. 2 pick
Traina Forbes: Why The New York Giants Should Not Draft A Quarterback At No. 2
Raanan ESPN NY: Why scouts advise against Giants picking Saquon Barkley at No. 2
Lombardo NJ.com: Giants host Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby | Will they draft Ereck Flowers' replacement?
Breer MMQB: NFL Draft Rumors Start in Cleveland, Where No. 1 Overall Pick is No Sure Thing
“• Late first-round picks lack value. The other day, I was spit-balling on a potential Bills-Giants swap with a team exec, who said to me, “The problem is that the 22nd pick might as well be in the third round.” He was exaggerating, but only a little bit. The consensus I’ve heard is the difference between 22 and 52 is minimal this year, which is part of why the Colts did well to land a couple high second-rounders in their trade with the Jets.”
“What the Giants do will dictate a lot. I’ve heard that Giants GM Dave Gettleman really likes Darnold. I’ve heard the coaches like Allen. I’ve heard everyone there likes Barkley. And I know Gettleman has no history of trading down, but rumors of the work the team has done on University of Texas-San Antonio pass-rusher Marcus Davenport indicate that they’re at least considering it here. Bottom line, what the Giants do will help paint the picture for the rest of the top 10. If they take a quarterback, then that would mean QBs go 1-2-3 and could create a feeding frenzy for Cleveland’s pick at 4. If someone else trades up, then another team comes off the market for one. And if the Giants take Barkley, one of the QBs could slide a little. Gettleman is holding the cards.”
“Don’t minimize the symbolism of Beckham showing up. We’ll see what the Giants do, but I know the way at least a few other teams are taking Odell Beckham’s presence in Jersey this week as a tacit removal of the star receiver from the NFL trade block. My feeling was April 9 was always the key date. That was Monday, and Beckham reported. He then came back for work Tuesday, and I’m told he was there again Wednesday. What he did—normal offseason strength and conditioning work—was something he could’ve done anywhere. But that he went through it with his teammates and down the hall from Gettleman and new coach Pat Shurmur matters. Had Beckham decided to stay away, it’d have been borderline impossible for the team to do a long-term deal with him at the rate he’s seeking.
Just think about all that’s happened in the past 16 months. The boat trip. The no-show in the Packer playoff game. The hole punched in the wall at Lambeau. The de facto holdout last spring, complete with Beckman waiving his absence in everyone’s face, via social media. The dog-peeing celebration, which was a precursor for other explosions in the Giants locker room. And then whatever happened in Paris a couple months back. If the Giants were to do a deal with Beckham without the receiver having done anything in Shurmur’s new program, they’d be implicitly signing off on everything that happened before the new regime arrived. So Beckham absolutely did the right thing, both for himself, and the team. By showing up, he gave himself the chance to put a few pelts on the wall, and show his teammates and the bosses that he’s on board with the new coaches. And by getting good work in now, the Giants doing a deal with him in the coming months would take on a different context within the locker room.
This was an opportunity for Beckham to turn the page. It was wise of him to take it.”
Perez USA Today: Martellus Bennett: 'About 89%' of NFL players use marijuana
Somers AZ Central: Linebacker Josh Bynes might start for the Cardinals, and he's not comfortable with it
Boren Washington Post: Robert Griffin III officially joins Ravens, saying ‘I haven’t felt this good since I came out of college’
Maiorana Rochester Democrat: Bills draft preview: Mayfield's character may worry some teams, but he leads wins
Person Charlotte Observer: Ex-Panthers scout: Cam Newton needs a first-round weapon, but not necessarily at WR
Jones MMQB: The Conflicting Feelings Surrounding Thomas Davis’s Suspension
Person Charlotte Observer: Panthers' Thomas Davis busy preserving image 'straight garbage' suspension tarnished
Campbell Chicago Tribune: Quarterbacks will shape the top of NFL draft while Bears enjoy the view
Biggs Chicago Tribune: Bears sign veteran WR Bennie Fowler to one-year deal
Haugh Chicago Tribune: For just $1 million, Ryan Pace let Cam Meredith leave Bears for nothing in return
Dehner Cin Enquirer: Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Draft strategy: Running backs
Shaw Cleveland Plain Dealer: Dorsey's scouting background and connections raise hopes for the Browns
Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Should we buy all of these Josh Allen to the Browns reports?
Brinson CBS Sports: All signs pointing to Browns taking Josh Allen no 1 overall right now
Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Browns WR Jarvis Landry signs his 5-year extension worth $75.5 million
Moore Dallas Morning News: In the end, Cowboys' stance was simple ... club better off without Dez Bryant
Robinson Yahoo Sports: Dez Bryant didn't fit with Dak Prescott which played a role in his Cowboys departure
Machota Dallas Morning News: Dez Bryant: 'Garrett guys' had role in my departure from Cowboys
Boniface Denver Post: Draft prospects Javon Wims, Martinas Rankin visit with Denver Broncos, per report
Rogers Detroit News: Lions bring in Matt Cassel for veteran minimum salary
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Bad news for fantasy GMs: Detroit Lions will use host of RBs this year
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson makes pre-draft visit to Detroit Lions
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Boston College DE Harold Landry makes pre-draft visit to Detroit Lions
Dougherty Mil JS: Early drafts could make or break Packers GM Brian Gutekunst
Silverstein Mil JS: Packers right to keep Aaron Rodgers out of roster decisions
Silverstein Mil JS: Cornerback Davon House agrees to one-year deal to return to Packers
Weston SB Nation: The Film Room: Seantrel Henderson
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans DL Christian Covington fully cleared after torn biceps
O’Halloran Florida Times Union: Jaguars’ off-season program: Starting from scratch ... kind of
Day SB Nation: FILM ROOM: Breaking down every sack allowed by the Jaguars in 2017
Woike LA Times: NFL draft: Chargers' defensive line needs help stopping the run
Woike LA Times: As Chargers prepare for NFL draft, linebackers will be one of their top priorities
Woike LA Times: Chargers have a terrific crew at cornerback, but they still need plenty of help at safety
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Klein LA Times: Rams set on defensive line now that Ndamukong Suh is on board, but may still look to add depth
Gonzalez ESPN LA: Offseason reversal: Rams suddenly deep at CB, weak at LB
Jackson Miami Herald: Two of the top quarterbacks in the draft will be in Miami to meet with Dolphins this week
Schad Palm Beach Post: Why Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake has added weight
Jackson Miami Herald: The Miami Dolphins are eyeing several running back options for the NFL Draft
Hyde Sun Sentinel: Amendola talks Dolphins, Belichick and moving on
Jackson Miami Herald: Tough defensive choice is looming for the Dolphins in draft. Some points to consider
Habib Palm Beach Post: Miami Dolphins DT Davon Godchaux: With Ndamukong Suh gone, ‘got to pick up the game’
Beasley Miami Herald: From College Football Playoff MVP to Dolphins Pro Bowler? Don't discount it
Perkins Sun Sentinel: Miami Dolphins sign linebacker Terence Garvin
Krammer Minn Star Tribune: Jarvis Landry's deal continues to set strong market for Vikings' Stefon Diggs
Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss)
4/13/18, 9:03 AM
Highlights from Bill Belichick:
- "Only a handful of players out of reach." Different from recent years.
- Team conducts mock drafts to spark conversation internally.
- Medical re-check for prospects in Indy this weekend (team has 98-99% of info).
- Sees more NE-based prospects.
Benoit MMQB: Patriots Draft: The Case for Taking a QB, and the Case Against It
Reiss ESPN Boston: Unlike last year the Patriots have flexibility early in the draft
McBride Boston Globe: Patriots have a hole to fill in their backfield
McBride Boston Globe: Jordan Matthews will play anywhere Patriots slot him
Reiss ESPN Boston: Patriots' pass rush should have more options in 2018
Holder Nola.com: Cameron Meredith acquisition offers Saints more NFL Draft flexibility
Underhill NO Advocate: Draft breakdown: Here's why getting a tight end is still a 'must' for the Saints
Erickson NO Advocate: Saints pick up Andrus Peat's fifth-year option on rookie deal
Underhill NO Advocate: Draft breakdown: Despite recent investments, taking a linebacker could make sense for Saints
Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL)
4/13/18, 4:38 PM
Late-round candidates to keep an eye on for Raiders, who have four sixth-round picks: CB Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State), ILB Ed Shockley (Villanova), LB Frankie Luvu (Washington State). Also, keep an eye on DE Arden Key as a second-day possibility.
Schneidman SJ Mercury News: NFL Draft analyst likens potential Raider Roquan Smith to Hall of Fame linebacker
Shorr Parks NJ.com: Who will Eagles cut or trade next? A deep dive into current roster
Fierro Allentown Morning Call: Former Eagles scout weighs in on team's draft direction
Kempski Phillyvoice: Eagles 2018 NFL Draft preview: Offensive tackle
Dulac Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Analysis: Steelers will look at linebackers in draft regardless of Bud Dupree's future
Kawahara SF Chronicle: Joe Montana: ‘Still a little early’ to call Jimmy Garoppolo the 49ers’ savior
Barrows Sac Bee: 49ers' Buckner intent on turning 'almosts' into sacks
Barrows Sac Bee: 49ers focused on pass rushers, including LSU's Arden Key
Branch SF Chronicle: 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence
McGrath News Tribune: Seahawks fans: How valuable is a good back up quarterback? Ask the Philadelphia Eagles
Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks sign QB Stephen Morris a day after Colin Kaepernick story emerges
Calkins Seattle Times: Matt Calkins: With Colin Kaepernick, the Seahawks have done nothing wrong
Stone Seattle Times: The Seahawks and Colin Kaepernick: It’s complicated
Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo)
4/11/18, 12:58 PM
Seahawks are signing CB Dontae Johnson, who started all 16 games for the Niners last year, source says. So the NFC West rivals swapped starting CBs.
Rost My Northwest: Clayton: Chance Seahawks trade Earl Thomas ‘more like 50 percent’ with Dez Bryant gone
Henderson ESPN Seattle: Sebastian Janikowski agrees to contract with Seahawks
Auman TB Times: Quinton Flowers among 13 USF players at Bucs’ local workout
Auman TB Times: Connecting: Bucs’ Jameis Winston, DeSean Jackson together at FSU
Stroud TB Times: N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb, an answer to Bucs’ sack woes?
Wyatt Titans.com: DC Dean Pees Likes Attitude, Outlook with Titans
Copeland Washington Post: New Redskins QB Alex Smith is looking forward to ‘getting the ball rolling
Bullock Washington Post: Georgia running back Sony Michel is an intriguing option for Redskins in second round
Copeland Washington Post: Who should the Redskins draft?: Tremaine Edmunds vs. Vita Vea
Copeland Washington Post: Redskins are still in need of linebackers despite the signing of Pernell McPhee
Bullock Washington Post: Analysis | Derwin James wouldn’t fill a need for Redskins, but he’d be a tempting pick at No. 13
King/Breer MMQB: NFL Mock Draft: A Realistic Look at How Teams Prepare for the NFL Draft
“In 1996, the Giants had the fifth pick in the draft, with the Jets, Jaguars, Cardinals and Ravens picking one through four that year. A scout on that Giants’ staff, Greg Gabriel, recalls that New York had Keyshawn Johnson, Kevin Hardy, Simeon Rice and Jonathan Ogden in some order as their top four players. Sure enough, Johnson, Hardy, Rice and Ogden ended up going 1, 2, 3 and 4. The Giants entered the draft certain that Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips would be picked somewhere in the top four, and perhaps even wideout Terry Glenn or tackle Willie Anderson. But no: When the first four picks were taken, as Gabriel tells the story, the Giants were stuck.
“There wasn’t a plan for all four to be gone,” Gabriel, a veteran scout now working as an NFL analyst for Pro Football Weekly and 670 The Score in Chicago. “We were on the clock and didn’t have a player we really liked, so George got on the phone and tried to trade down, and we just couldn’t get a good offer.” The Giants ended up picking defensive end Cedric Jones from Oklahoma. He went sackless in his first 28 NFL games and was a near-bust in five NFL seasons.
Said Gabriel: “I learned more from that draft than from anything: You gotta be prepared for the worst.”
Rumors on what new GM Dave Gettleman will do are all over the place right now, but we do know now that he has a lot of control over things will play out, a pretty good spot in which to be.
Clark The Ringer: Welcome to the Stupidest Part of the NFL Draft Process
Banks Patriots.com: Don Banks' NFL Mock Draft 3.0
1. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming - While I’ve had USC’s Sam Darnold going No. 1 overall to the Browns in my first two mocks, the buzz is the Browns are too intrigued with Allen’s arm and tantalizing upside to pass on him. Tyrod Taylor as the 2018 starter buys Cleveland time to develop Allen’s pro game, and the Browns gamble that Allen’s collegiate accuracy issues are over-blown in the draft-season dissection process.
2. NEW YORK GIANTS
3. Sam Darnold, QB, USC - With Darnold still on the board, the Giants say no dice to a proposed trade with Buffalo, sitting tight at No. 2 to select Eli Manning’s successor. New York could opt to fill several needs, with the Bills willing to ship both of their first round picks, plus a second next year, to move up from No. 12 for a quarterback. And with that, Manning’s tenure as the Giants starter is again on borrowed time.
Ledbetter AJC: D. Led’s Mock Draft 4.0: Falcons have Isaiah Wynn fall into their laps
1- 1- 1 Cleveland – Sam Darnold, QB USC -- He got plastered by Ohio State in his final collegiate game in the Cotton Bowl. He took his licking and tried to keep on ticking. After that spanking 24-7, Darnold elected to by-pass his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the draft. He was a four-star recruit and red-shirted one season before playing the past two seasons. He completed 549 of 846 passes (64.9 percent) for 7,229 yards, 57 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. “Sam Darnold should be the pick for the Cleveland Browns (at No.1 overall),” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “I think he's the right guy there. I personally think he's the best quarterback in his class. And I think he's, at 20 years old, is just scratching the surface of what he can do.”
1- 2- 2 New York Giants – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State -- Quarterbacks in the ACC are happy that Chubb is gone. He was notorious for snatching the little towels that they tucked into their pants. He kept stealing Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant’s towel in a national televised game. He’s pilfered the towels from several others. “It’s just something I do to get in people’s heads,” Chubb said. “I do it in lightheartedness. Then it came to the point where I saw it really bothered (Bryant). So if I see something bothers you, I’m just going to keep doing it. ... They ended up winning the game, but I got in his head a little bit.” NFL scouts like Chubb not for his towel-snatching prowess, but for his quarterback sacks. He had 10 sacks in each of his junior and senior seasons. He had 25 sacks over his career and is considered the top pass-rusher in the draft.”
Barnwell ESPN: New column: Part 2 of why the NFL is so bad at evaluating quarterbacks looks into *why* it's so difficult to scout and develop passers, why we aren't getting better, and what the problems mean in evaluating the class of 2018
Zierlein NFL.com: 2018 QB class: Most overrated/underrated; plus, sleeper to watch
Glauber Newsday: Chad Pennington breaks down the top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft
McAtee The Ringer: Drafting Josh Allen Would End the Browns’ Analytics Era
Solak NDT Scouting: The path to success with Josh Allen at #1 overall
Jared Tokarz (@NFLDraftInsider)
4/13/18, 5:29 PM
Spoke with an NFC scout who’s team does not need a early round QB and he believes the Josh Allen #1 overall rumors to most likely be smoke
Solak NDT Scouting: Contextualized Quarterbacking: Making the case for smaller name QBs
Lange Jets.com: Josh Rosen: Between the Lines and Under the Helmet
Pflum BBV: Baker Mayfield: Two inches enough to ignore everything else?
Stuart Football Perspective: Draft Capital Spent On Running Backs Is Still On The Decline
Pflum BBV: 2018 NFL Draft prospect profile: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
Miller B/R: NFL Draft 400: Top TEs for 2018 NFL Draft
Miller B/R: NFL Draft 400: Top OTs for 2018 NFL Draft
Edholm PFW: NFL draft profile — No. 16: Iowa CB Joshua Jackson
Zierlein NFL.com: 2018 OL class: Larry Allen-like guard leads group
Pflum BBV: 2018 NFL Draft prospect profile: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Te Thomas BBV: Scouting Report: Darius Leonard draws Harry Carson comparison
Breer SI.com: Shaquem Griffin’s Success Is About Design As Much as Desire
Fishbain The Athletic: Downers Grove's Vontae Diggs getting an NFL shot that once seemed impossible
NFL.com: FSUFootball's Derwin James spent some time with Giants S TheHumble_21 as he prepares for the 2018 NFLDraft.
Destination Dallas: Episode 5
Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton)
4/14/18, 8:32 AM
Seeing this reminds me: I was told by a source at time Giants reps at FSU Pro Day were extremely disappointed when James rested on his Combine performance and opted not to do much on field that day.
Wonder if he’d be considered as option in trade down scenario in right spot
Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting)
4/11/18, 10:27 AM
Now is the time of year NFL teams build their Day 3 plans. Versatility matters.
Top Returners in 2018 NFLDraft:
1. DJ Reed, Kansas State
2. Dante Pettis, Washington
3. Darius Phillips, W.Mich
4. Ray Ray McCloud, Clemson
5. Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh
6. Mike Hughes, UCF
Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL)
4/13/18, 9:25 PM
Pitt WR-RB-PR Quadree Henderson worked out for 49ers and Browns this week, drawing interest from Steelers, 49ers, Giants and Eagles. Rated as a fourth to fifth round draft target
Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting)
4/11/18, 10:27 AM
Now is the time of year NFL teams build their Day 3 plans. Versatility matters.
Former Giants News
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Henning Detroit News: Film recalls groundbreaking recruiting at Michigan State
Giants Birthdays 4-14
Craig Krupp QB D5-Pacific Lutheran 1990 NYG Training Camp 1990 4-14-1967
Giants Birthdays 4-13
Dan Campbell TE D3-Texas A& M 1999 NYG 1999-2002 4-13-1976
Lionel Manuel WR D7-Pacific 1984 NYG 1984-1990 4-13-1962
Manuel Wright DT W-MIA 2007 NYG 2007 4-13-1984
Giants Birthdays 4-12
Bobby Abrams OLB UDFA-Michigan 1990-1992 4-12-1967
Dan Fowler G D10-Kentucky 1979 NYG 1979 4-12-1956
Jonas Seawright DT UDFA-North Carolina 2006 NYG 2006 4-12-1982
Nate Solder LT FA-NE 2018 NYG 2018 4-12-1988