Blogging the bEast’s Jimmy Kempski pinch-hit for me last night at the ESPN Draft Party. Below are some of his observations:
Alabama OT DJ Fluker is one of the most enormous people I’ve ever seen. If you put $10,000 on a table behind him, and said “If you can get around this guy and get that money in less than 15 seconds, it’s yours, but you might get hurt by trying,” I think I’d just take a pass.
However, if the same offer were on the table for a smaller guy (relatively speaking) like Lane Johnson, I’d probably break my arm in the attempt, but I’d at least give it a shot. Then again, I’m not an NFL pass rusher with 4.6 speed who can bend and dip around the corner. That’s where Fluker’s struggles may eventually come from in the NFL. His footwork will have to improve, but the man has something you can’t teach… and that’s having 36 3/4″ arms.
LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu said he didn’t think the Giants would draft him. He talked to them at the Senior Bowl and the Combine. “I think they’re interested,” said Mathieu, “but I think they’re going to play their cards right. I don’t think they’ll draft me. I don’t think they’re interested.” So they’re interested, but they’re not interested. Oh, Honey Badger. Mathieu thinks he’s a first round talent, but thinks he’ll slip to the second round.
Antrel Rolle is bummed that Kenny Phillips left for the Eagles. I think Antrel will be just fine.
Henry Hynoski scored his first TD last year with less than 7 minutes left in the season, and unleashed the Hynocerous. He said that he and Spencer Paysinger invented his dance in training camp last year. When asked if he was nervous he wouldn’t get to use it he gave the “I’m just a FB trying to block so that other people can score” shpeel.
UCLA DE Datone Jones followed the Giants as a kid and his favorite player growing up was Michael Strahan. He said playing for the Giants would be “a dream come true.”
Because of recent comments made by Tom Coughlin hinting that Jason Pierre-Paul was out of shape last year, JPP was asked about his weight. He said he weighs 272, for anyone keeping a progress chart. JPP was also asked about BYU DE Ziggy Ansah, since Ansah has often been compared to him. JPP doesn’t have a clue who Ziggy Ansah is. And why should he?