John Fennelly, Lead WriterGot a lot of mail about the draft the past few days, and instead of writing 35 feature pieces, I consolidated the questions in an effort to make things easier.
We’ve been hearing a lo about who will be there when the Giants select at No. 12. Let’s rephrase the question: Who will NOT be there when the Giants select at No. 12?
DE Jadeveon Clowney, WR Sammy Watkins, OT Greg Robinson, LB Khalil Mack and OT Jake Matthews are certain to be gone early. OT Taylor Lewan is moving up, as are DT Aaron Donald and WR Mike Evans. I expect some trades, so it’s hard to tell which teams move up and down and what they perceive as value at those positions.
Will the Giants take a QB in this draft? If Johnny Manziel is available, could they take him?
Jerry Reese hasn’t ruled anything out, but I can’t see the Giants taking a QB in the first round this year. They may look for a value pick later on in the draft, but that’s what they did last year with Ryan Nassib. And look how that turned out. Pitt’s Tom Savage has emerged as a solid prospect. Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas could be a late round steal, but he’s still a bit raw. As for Manziel, he probably won’t be around at 12, but if he is, the Giants will probably pass. It sure would be interesting, though, if they didn’t. Many see him as the prototype QB of the Millennium, a la Colin Kaepernick, RGIII and Russell Wilson. If that’s the case, he won’t get past the Rams at No. 2.
Is there a sleeper or player you see that is not getting enough pre-draft attention?
There’s several. WR Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt is one. This guy could walk right into any NFL facility right now and cause a stir. He had 112 receptions last year for 1477 yards in the SEC last year. Matthews is beginning to climb, however, and some team will steal him once he drops into Round Two. The Giants could be one those teams.
Stanford OLB/DE Trent Murphy could be a bit underrated as a pass rusher, even though he had 15 sacks in 2013, the most in the Nation. He could be a Round 3 guy but I don’t think he’ll be a Giant. Let’s just hope the Eagles and Cowboys don’t grab him.
DT Jay Bromley of Syracuse was a highly-productive college player that could be a nice value pick in the 6th round and beyond. At 6’3″, 306, he fits the prototype and is durable and strong with some quickness. He is a hard-worker who takes the game seriously and is from Syracuse, a school the Giants aren’t afraid to draft from.
LB Glenn Carson of Penn State looks to be one of those dyed-in-the-wool tackling machines the school has been churning out for years. Not sure how he’ll do in the NFL, but if you watch his tape, he’s always in position to make plays.