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Defenderdawg : 4/17/2018 8:47 am

Raanan ESPN NY: Mini-mock draft: Giants pass on a potential future franchise quarterback

Traina BBV: Exploring a potential three-way trade involving the Giants, Denver and Buffalo

Leonard NYDN: Giants Mailbag: No. 2 pick options, would Big Blue swap with Bills, how many more years for Eli Manning and more

Traina The Athletic: Draft a Quarterback? Trade Down? OBJ and More | New York Giants Mailbag


Schwartz NYP: Why Giants GM’s preferred draft strategy isn’t in play this time


Lombardo NFL Draft 2018: Sam Darnold, Josh Allen visit Giants

Schwartz NYP: Draft’s top quarterbacks now can try to change Giants’ minds


Raanan ESPN NY: Louis Riddick: Strong sentiment for Saquon Barkley in Giants building


Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton)
4/16/18, 8:44 PM
I mean, Giants OL coach Hal Hunter flat-out told me he had no reason to go to Notre Dame for Quenton Nelson's Pro Day.
And didn't.

Don't think for a second that means NYG won't draft Nelson if opportunity presents itself. They set up their evaluation plan and stuck to it.


Salomone LB B.J. Goodson embracing switch to 3-4 defense


Urban Beau Sandland Latest Tight End Addition

Zrebiec Baltimore Sun: Ravens officially sign RB Alex Collins, finalize deals with six other exclusive-rights free agents

Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: 6 Carolina Panthers players to watch as spring workouts begin

Person Charlotte Observer: Panthers' James Bradberry has big plan for first season without embattled Daryl Worley

Josh Norris (@JoshNorris)
4/16/18, 10:18 AM
Stanford S Justin Reid is visiting the Panthers today

Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue)
4/16/18, 10:39 AM
Carolina will do its due diligence on its top guys of course and it may be coincidence, but I am speculating some significance in his visit coming the day the team is back in the building.

Owczarski Cin Enquirer: Injured Cincinnati Bengals working their way back

Owczarski Cin Enquirer: 2018 Cincinnati Bengals NFL Draft strategy: The confounding linebacker trend

Marcum Cincy Jungle: Bengals host Mississippi State offensive lineman Martinas Rankin for visit

Dehner Cin Enquirer: Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Draft strategy: Edge rushers

Patsko Cleveland Plain Dealer: What positions have the Browns had the most success drafting?

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Hue Jackson to his '18 Browns: 'Winning starts today, starts right now'

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Browns prospect Baker Mayfield is No. 1 for one analyst and drawing praise from evaluators

Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi)
4/16/18, 11:47 PM
On NFL Network today, Kurt Warner, who knows Browns OC Todd Haley well, said he expects Browns to select QB Josh Allen No. 1. Warner said he would make Sam Darnold the pick.

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Josh Gordon and 3 other Browns sign their exclusive rights free agent contracts

Moore Dallas Morning News: Why Dez Bryant didn't deserve to be Cowboys captain

Hill Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys DE David Irving showing commitment now in hopes of cashing in big later

Hill Fort Worth Star Telegram: Earl Thomas, draft and other possible Cowboys spinoffs from Dez Bryant release

Davison Fort Worth Star Telegram: Dallas Cowboys safety Byron Jones says he's a 'corner' now


Mile High Sports: Anderson: Broncos ‘never offered’ him pay cut; he ‘probably’ would have declined anyway


Wood Mil JS: Packers still searching for quality depth at quarterback

Cohen Mil JS: NFL draft preview: Packers' running back competition intense

McClain Houston Chronicle: Early look at Texans' lineup is promising

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Florida International QB Alex McGough visits Texans

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans center-guard Greg Mancz signing $1.9M tender

O’Halloran Florida Times Union: Jaguars 2018 Draft: OL may be target even after Norwell signing



Grathoff KC Star: Chiefs' Sammy Watkins believes he's an advanced 'reptilian solar being'

Kerkhoff KC Star: What Travis Kelce didn't see still hurt him during Chiefs' playoff collapse

McDowell KC Star: Chiefs' Dee Ford says his leg went numb last year. But he feels ‘excellent’ now

Woike LA Times: Some controversy, notable absences as Chargers open voluntary workouts

Williams ESPN LA: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, shown here running sprints, said he hasn't felt this healthy at the start of his team's offseason program in a handful of years. "I can't remember a January where I really felt like I could go another season," Rivers said. "I usually have something that's been nagging you -- not on the injury report you're getting treated for -- but just some nagging deal that you can't wait to heal up. I had nothing to complain about."

Woike LA Times: Mike Pouncey is at the center of Chargers' plan to improve the offensive line

Williams ESPN LA: Chargers restructure DT Corey Liuget's contract

Marvez TSN: Todd Gurley willing to wait his turn for a contract extension

Klein LA Times: Rams' starting offensive line returns intact, but there is a need to plan for future

Klein LA Times: For second year in row, no new Aaron Donald contract so no defensive tackle at workouts

George Palm Beach Post: Early Gase momentum lost in constant churn of players

Beasley Miami Herald: Former second-round tight end signs with Dolphins, but is he a legit NFL player?

Shipley With five-year, $50 million extension, Vikings’ Eric Kendricks ‘hungry’ for Super Bowl

Volin Boston Globe: UCLA offensive lineman visits Patriots Monday

McBride Boston Globe: Patriots’ special teams are among the best — and they’ve gotten better

Katzenstein Sean Payton would be 'uneasy' if he had to take a top quarterback in this draft: report

Williams NBC Bay Area: Raiders' Conley Coming Back Slowly From Injury

Kempski Phillyvoice: Eagles 2018 NFL Draft preview: Defensive tackle

Bowen Daryl Worley, released by Eagles, charged with DUI, firearms felony

Shorr Parks Is Tre Sullivan the Eagles' answer at safety?

Fowler ESPN Pittsburgh: Forget messy divorce: James Harrison remembered as Steelers great

Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Two defensive linemen — LSU's Greg Gilmore and Delaware's Bilal Nichols — visit Steelers

Ostler SF Chronicle: If you’re the 49ers’ boss, please stand up

Barrows Sac Bee: 49ers do extra homework on Oregon tackle Tyrell Crosby

Branch SF Chronicle: Analyst on potential 49ers’ target: ‘Roquan Smith is the truth, man’

Klemko MMQB: Russell Wilson’s No Jon Gruden, and That’s the Plan

Bell News Tribune: Seahawks do it again: Sign Austin Davis instead of Colin Kaepernick to backup Russell Wilson

Stroud TB Times: DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston were in perfect harmony on Day 1

Smith Marpet's Latest Move is a "New Challenge"

Clarke Washington Post: Richmond demands Redskins pay up to keep training camp deal

Keim ESPN Washington: Running back Derrius Guice is visiting Redskins Park Monday, a source said. Guice had posted on Instagram Sunday night that he was in Washington, D.C. so this isn't a big surprise. The Redskins have been deeply interested in Guice; team president Bruce Allen had dinner with him the night before his pro day at LSU. The question remains as to whether or not they'd use the 13th overall choice on him.They do like a handful of other players in that spot, too. And they could always trade back and then take Guice, if that's who they desire. But they clearly have serious interest in him. Upgrading the running back position will be a priority entering the draft.

Copeland Washington Post: Vernon Davis thrilled to be reunited with Alex Smith; Redskins lock up O-linemen


Jeremiah DJ reveals 10 pieces of draft intel: Rosen is QB most likely to slide

Rang NFL Draft Scout: Rang Big Board 4.0: Top 100
“1. Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California, 6-3, 221, 4.85, redshirt sophomore
In true Hollywood form, Darnold emphatically answered Browns head coach Hue Jackson’s famous water-soaked ball test, delivering strikes to all levels of the field at his Pro Day through a steady rain. While a slightly elongated throwing motion contributed to too many turnovers at USC, Darnold is accurate, including on the move, and also shows very good instincts and anticipation for such a young quarterback. Darnold plays bigger than his size and shows good overall athleticism. His extensive experience in both a pro-style offense and media market should only make his ascension into a legitimate franchise NFL quarterback that much smoother.

2. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA, 6-4, 226, 4.92, junior
While I give Darnold slightly higher grades in terms of leadership and durability, his crosstown rival, Rosen, is the most gifted and polished passer in the 2018 draft. Rosen earns blue-chip grades in the important areas of intelligence, release and accuracy with plenty of arm strength, size and athleticism to also project as a franchise quarterback well worthy of No. 1 overall consideration.

3. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State, 6-0, 233, 4.40, junior
Barkley is arguably this draft’s most elite athlete. Despite his imposing frame, Barkley is not simply a bulldozer. NFL scouts salivate over his elusiveness and breakaway speed as a perimeter runner, receiver and returner. Expect Barkley to make an immediate impact at the next level, a la recent top-10 picks Leonard Fournette, Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley, who is most similar to Barkley in size and style.

4. Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame, 6-5, 325, 5.23 (est.), redshirt junior
It isn’t often that NFL teams are willing to invest a top five pick in an interior offensive lineman but Nelson’s talent is so obvious — and the need for blockers in the NFL so critical — that a team may opt to choose the pro-ready masher simply because it would allow it to essentially forget about the position for a decade. Massive and shockingly mobile, Nelson can dominate at the point of attack as well as in space, projecting as a future Pro Bowl guard, like his Notre Dame predecessor Zack Martin, now a star in Dallas.

5. Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State, 6-4, 269, 4.65, senior
The 2018 NFL draft is not nearly as gifted among pass rushers as last year’s crop, but Chubb is clearly the crown jewel. The ACC Defensive Player of the Year and Ted Hendricks Award winner (defensive end of the year), Chubb is as polished as it gets, winning with athleticism, refined technique, physicality and hustle. A former linebacker whose commitment to maximizing his talent has earned him captain roles the past two years running, Chubb recorded career-highs in tackles (72), tackles for loss (23) and sacks (10) in 2017 posting similar numbers last year (56-21-10).”

Brandt Hot 150: Gil Brandt's top-ranked prospects for 2018 NFL Draft

Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout)
4/16/18, 11:02 PM
PJ Hall and Nathan Shepherd are my two favorite small school guys in this class. Both top 100 players too.

Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt)
4/16/18, 11:15 AM
.@ArizonaFBall OT Gerhard De Beer has great story. National U-16 and U-18 discus record-holder in South Africa, track scholarship at AZ, football walk-on even though he never played sport. Now draftable. Only 2 South Africans have played in NFL: PK Gary Anderson, WR Jerome Pathon

Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt)
4/16/18, 11:16 AM
Here are De Beer's numbers from his pro day:

6-6 1/2, 312, 34 1/8 arms
40: 5.24/5.21
VJ 30.5
BJ: 9-0
SS: 4.72
3-cone: 7.52
Bench: 35x

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
4/16/18, 6:55 PM
Iowa C James Daniels, the likely top center off the board, spent today visiting the Eagles, source said. He’s got the Bears tomorrow, then the 49ers on Wednesday.

Henderson ESPN Seattle: A 350-pounder with track speed? Vita Vea is NFL draft's top freak

Johnson Cincy Jungle: ‘He’s the MVP’ — during the national title game, 6 head coaches were going wild over Da’Ron Payne

Edholm PFW: NFL draft profile — No. 12: Boston College DE Harold Landry

Huard ESPN Seattle: Brock Huard’s 2018 NFL Draft preview: UTSA DE Marcus Davenport

Dunleavy NFL Draft 2018: Rutgers' Kemoko Turay compared to Pro Bowl pass-rusher from Big Ten

Edholm PFW: Way We Hear It: Combine medical report disputes Leighton Vander Esch concerns

Charlie Campbell (@DraftCampbell)
4/16/18, 12:20 PM
Per sources some teams have medically flunked Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch and have removed him from their draft board.

Chris Mortensen (@mortreport)
4/16/18, 1:50 PM
Some teams have flagged Vander Esch on neck but not all necessarily removed from draft board based on what I had gathered

Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr)
4/16/18, 1:46 PM
His agent Ronald Slavin, who has always shot it straight with me, vehemently denies this report. He was not asked to comeback for combine recheck. Played every game last year. No listing on combine report of injuries since 2016

Schwartz AZ Central: NFL draft 2018 CB rankings: Denzel Ward is class of deep group

Pflum BBV: 2018 NFL Draft prospect profile: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Schwartz AZ Central: NFL draft 2018 safety rankings: Derwin James, Minkah Fitzpatrick shape board


Maraham NYDN: Farewell to Allan ‘Doc’ Levy, former Giants doctor who died at age of 90
“He served his country in World War II as a Navy medic. He graduated from Columbia University and went on to receive his medical degree at Cornell University. He began serving the community of Westwood, New Jersey, as a family physician/internist practicing out of the basement of his home.
As the local high schools required an onsite physician for their football games, Doc graciously volunteered. His practice quickly became overwhelmed with sports injuries and the specialty of Primary Care Sports Medicine was born. Doc became the team physician for the New York Giants and went on to become the Chief of Sports Medicine at Pascack Valley Hospital. Throughout his career, he treated professional and nonprofressional athletics with the utmost care...”

Giants Birthdays 4-17

Barry Brown OLB/TE TR-BAL 1968 NYG 1968 4-17-1943

J. T. Turner RG FA-Charlotte WFL 1977 NYG 1977-1983 4-17-1953
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Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton)
4/16/18, 8:37 PM
Giants have essentially done all the same work on Darnold, Rosen and Allen. Same contingent was at the Pro Days for all 3. Likely would've been there for Mayfield, too, but his came on opening of free agency.
From where I sit, there's nothing to be read into their eval process

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
4/17/18, 8:38 AM
Some scouts/coaches quotes on Barkley, who I picked for Giants at No. 2: “He’s legit.” “Better prospect than Zeke and Fournette.” “You’re talking about a 230-pound dude who runs sub-4.4 that has balance and run skills. It’s rare.”


Farrar B/R: Can Dez Bryant Still Be a Top-Level Receiver?

Mike Klis (@MikeKlis)
4/16/18, 12:09 PM
Multiple teams have already called agent Peter Schaffer expressing interest in C.J. Anderson. As John Elway told Anderson this morning: "You're a helluva football player, there’s a lot of interest in you out there. You’ll land on your feet.’’

Robinson Yahoo Sports: Here's where things can get contentious between Aaron Rodgers and Packers

Kelly Sun Sentinel: A mediocre crop of talent hints that Dolphins should be aggressive with the 2018 draft class

Mehta NYDN: Nick Mangold, former Jets ironman center, to retire from NFL after signing one-day contract with team

Kempski Phillyvoice: Eagles 2018 NFL Draft preview: Linebacker

Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1)
4/17/18, 8:45 AM
Such an interesting call the Steelers have with their WRs entering the draft. Rogers unsigned. Bryant 1 yr left on contract. There is a need long-term, but then I go back and look at 2016 and what Roethlisberger did with 84, Rogers and Coates as top 3 WR. Plus 26 of course

Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1)
4/17/18, 8:47 AM
7 managed to have a top 10 passing offense with Rogers as his second-leading WR (48 catches). Bell had 75, but Bell has been a constant. Coates was third-leading WR. Point is, 7 can do more with less if need be. But flip side is you want to surround him with talent for final yrs


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