John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe NFL Combine will be wrapping up in Indianapolis the next few days and thus far there have been few surprises. Over the years, teams have been getting better at reconnaissance and vetting. Even if a highly-touted player underperforms, his draft stock is likely to remain high.
It’s the players that have limited portfolios that really benefit from this. The game at hand remains football, however. For instance, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney only did 21 reps on the bench press. That subpar showing won’t change his value at all. He will still be taken in the first hour of this May’s NFL Draft.
The Giants need quality offensive linemen fast and this draft is loaded with them. It also helps that they are drafting higher than they have since 2004.
“I thought those three offensive tackles [Saturday] were spectacular,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. ”[Greg] Robinson from Auburn, [Jake] Matthews and [Taylor] Lewan. I thought they all had good days. [Xavier] Su’a- Filo from UCLA looked really good, [David] Yankey from Stanford looked good.”
Most of the TEs looked serviceable. I compared several of them to former Giant TE Kevin Boss, which a reader reminded me was not a reason to use a high draft pick on any of them. From Mayock:
“The tight ends were a little disappointing. They were beat up a little bit from some injury stuff with them; the Notre Dame kid [Troy Niklas] was only about 80 percent, couldn’t do a 40. [Jace] Amaro didn’t run as fast as I thought he would run. [Colt] Lyerla, the kid from Oregon who I thought was going to be a little bit more explosive, didn’t run as fast or catch as well. The tight ends I think there are still a lot of question marks.”
Here are some more observations from around the net….
Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News reports the Giants have visited with Missouri DE Michael Sam. Others the Giants met with this week: WRs Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Marquise Lee (USC), and Paul Richardson (Colorado), OLs Zack Martin (Notre Dame), Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama) and Joel Bitonio (Nevada), TEs Eric Ebron (North Carolina) and Jace Amaro (Texas Tech), speedster De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon) and RB Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona).
Newsday’s Tom Rock writes the Giants could use a top pick on a big WR such as Mike Evans or FSU’s Kelvin Benjamin:
“Evans and Benjamin in particular have the size the Giants have coveted in the past. Evans is 6-5, 231 pounds; Benjamin is 6-5, 240. (USC’s Marquise) Lee, who is 5-11, 195 pounds, might be too similar to Victor Cruz for the Giants to take him.
They also have speed. Evans posted a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash, and Benjamin said he grew up chasing rabbits and catching them with his bare hands. Former Giants first-round pick David Wilson also did that.”