JPP reportedly sustained burns and injuries to his hand while blowing off fireworks in South Florida on the Fourth of July (July 5). This morning, those injuries, which are still undisclosed, turn out to be not as serious as the Twitter alarmists reported on Sunday.
2015 NY Giants Draft
My basic response is let's see who they do in Round 1?tonight and then tomorrow and Saturday speculate about those rounds. If I have my way, the Giants hit it big tonight and tomorrow and make Saturday a non-event.
They can stay the course and select some good players, or they can be proactive and creative and get themselves some difference-makers.
There are three scenarios that the Giants will have to prepare for Thursday.
One: Stay the course and wait for the best available player to fall to them at No. 9. We won't know who that is until the time comes. But I feel it will be one of five players: Iowa OL Brandon Scherff, Clemson DE Vic Beasley, DE Bud Dupree of Kentucky, Alabama WR Amari Cooper or WR Kevin White of West Virginia.
The Giants have missed the playoffs the past three seasons since winning the Super Bowl in 2012 and jobs are on the line. The past two years have not been good: The team has been out of the postseason picture by roughly Thanksgiving.
Records of 7-9 and 6-10 are not going to cut it with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch.
The 80th annual NFL Draft will be held in Chicago, at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University. Three projected Top-10 selections - Florida State QB Jameis Winston, WR Amari Cooper of Alabama and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner, have chosen not to attend.
Over two dozen other highly-touted prospects will be on hand however (NFL Communications).
"Safety is going to be really important. For the New York Giants in particular," Cosell said on NFLN's Championship Chase: The Draft. "They really can't line up right now with what they have."
"So, there's Damarious Randall from Arizona State, who I think is as good a back-end safety as there is in this draft. And not only does he have back-end skills, but he has the box mentality. He's not a big guy, he's only about 196-198 but he has a box mentality and he can also play over the slot, which is critical in today's NFL."
Some have contended that Scherff does not possess the wingspan to be an effective tackle in the NFL. The Giants don't really care about that, having drafted Justin Pugh in the first round two years ago. Pugh was said to have "short arms" as well. They appear to be comfortable with just adding Scherff to their roster and upgrading the offensive line.
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SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Giants should focus on upgrading the offensive line in this Week's NFL Draft rather than select another weapon at WR in the first round.
It?s not an implausible scenario. In fact, some in the NFL can envision at least one of the top two receivers ? Alabama?s Amari Cooper or West Virginia?s Kevin White ? slipping into the Giants? lap. And if they do, several Giants sources insisted drafting yet another receiver will get strong consideration.
Last year at this time, Giants GM Jerry Reese said he had no particular player in mind as the NFL Draft approached. Reese said the team will take the best available player with the 12th overall pick.
As it turned out, Reese did have a particular player in mind, LSU WR Odell Beckham, Jr., and he just happened to fall to the Giants in the first round. Beckham was the Giants' man all along, we were told afterward.
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The Giants hold the No. 9 overall selection in the first round, as well as picks in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, plus two more in the seventh. Overall, they hold the 9th, 40th, 74th, 108th, 144th, 185th, 226th and 245th picks this year.
With eight picks, the Giants can address both their biggest needs while adding depth, barring any unforeseen trades behind the scenes.
Williams' father, Brian Williams, was selected No. 18 overall in the 1989 draft by none other than the Giants. After a nine-year career in the blue, Brian Willliams is anxious to see his son follow a similar fate.
?We?re gonna be at home in Minnesota,?? Brian Williams told the Post. ?He wanted to be here with mom and dad and his grandparents and his family. That means a lot.
Scherff has all the earmarks of becoming a solid NFL offensive lineman, but he may not be what fans and pundits think he is. Listed on many mock websites as a tackle, Scherff is actually projected by scouts and experts to be a guard in the NFL.
The Giants were hoping that a top OT would emerge from the pack this spring and they could implement their plan to move Justin Pugh, who struggled at RT last season, inside to plug the hole at guard. But that hasn't happened that we know of. They might be fooling themselves if they think Scherff is the guy who can force that change.
But, with the NFL Draft just two weeks away, the Giants are still without solid answers at the safety position. Their roster still lists only two players as safeties - Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor - neither of whom has started an NFL game.
Both players were taken in the fifth round in the NFL Draft. Taylor, a 2013 pick, missed all of 2014 with a foot injury. Berhe, selected last season, served as mainly a special teams player.
1. Tampa Bay - are still believed to covet Florida State QB Jameis Winston first overall. But last week, ownership began to scrutinize Winston fearing he was a PR problem. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting the Bucs have moved on to his Heisman successor, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
2. Tennessee - are said to be committed to Zach Mettenberger at QB and that is going to create a frenzy over the next two weeks. The Titans will be receiving offers from multiple teams to part ways with the pick regardless of which one of the top two QBs is available.
Sprinkle in three WRs - Alabama's Amari Cooper, Kevin White of West Virginia and Louisville's DeVante Parker - and you have have your Top 10. Or do you? Some believe that Michigan State CB Trae Waynes, Washington NT Danny Shelton, Stanford OT Andrus Peat, Iowa OL Brandon Scherff and Georgia RB Todd Gurley could upset things by sneaking into the top ten.
The Giants, selecting ninth overall, will sit and wait their turn and see who falls to them. They should have a bevy of talented players to choose from. DeVante Parker will likely be one of them. Although he's rising up the charts quickly, he's still currently rated behind Cooper and White by most teams and draftniks.
It's difficult to keep up with which players teams have met with and who they have genuine interest in. Below is the latest list of players compiled by the website walterfootball.com.
It's been reported the Giants are interested in Nebraska DE Randy Gregory and Benardrick McKinney, a LB from Mississippi State. In recent weeks it was discovered that Gregory tested positive for marijuana and the Giants may be shying away from him at No.9.
The 6-4, 304 pound offensive lineman out of Division III Hobart & William Smith College, grew up in New York. Earlier this year, he told NFL Network if he had to pick one team to draft him, he'd pick the Giants, his favorite team as a kid.
Marpet will have a shot to impress his home team on Thursday at their workout, but he already put out a strong showing at February's NFL Combine, running the fastest 40-yard dash of any OL at 4.98 seconds.