Today’s Draft Talk: ND and LSU Propects
John Fennelly , Lead Writer
The Giants hired Notre Dame Director of Football Personnel Tim McDonell to their scouting staff this week. Does this mean they are eyeing a ND player in the draft?
McDonnell was hired to the pro personnel department, not college. He is the nephew of John Mara and his grandfather was Wellington. The Giants are largely a family operation and McDonnell has appears to have been groomed for a position within the organization.
As for taking a player out of ND….perhaps, but probably not in the first round. LB Manti Te’o is grading out to be a 2-down linebacker (see veteran NFL columnist Jason Cole’s latest on Te’o here) and not worth taking in the middle of the first round. If he’s still there when the Giants pick in the second round, they might consider taking him, but it’s doubtful he’ll be there. The only other ND candidate is can’t-miss TE Tyler Eifert, but with the Giants signing Brandon Myers last week and still high on Adrien Robinson, it’s hard to envision them taking Eifert, or any TE for that matter, early in the draft.
Who do you think Jerry Reese was focused on at LSU’s pro day yesterday?
I’d say everyone. LSU is one of the nation’s top programs and regularly pumps out good pros. DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo is the type of player that intrigues Reese. He’s got the attributes the Giants like, but I doubt if he makes to 19. DT Bennie Logan could be a mid-round pick a la Barry Cofield. S Eric Reid is a big safety with ability. LB Kevin Minter is a quality ILB, but he may be gone in the first round. DE/OLB Sam Montgomery is a player that could fall to the second round. If so, the Giants might find it hard to pass on him. If they do, they may bit on DE Lavar Edwards, another top-100 player.
It’s possible the players that really caught Reese’s eye were their corners: Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon, both projected as middle-round picks. “Honey Badger” might thrive in the Giants’ structure, especially under the wing of former Tiger Corey Webster. My issue with him is that the Giants already have an undersized CB in Jayron Hosley. Can they afford to have two 5’8″ corners on the field at the same time?