Though most NFL mock drafts have the Giants selecting a quarterback with the No. 6 pick, one defensive player they've scouted was disinvited from the NFL combine.
The NFL rescinded its invite to Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson after a background check revealed he was convicted of simple battery as a freshman after a fight at a McDonald's, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
Ferguson, with whom the Giants met during the Senior Bowl, tweeted, "Bend but never break," Wednesday afternoon after the report came out, and Jim Nagy, executive director of the Senior Bowl, tweeted Wednesday evening he thought Fersuson "handled himself like a pro all week and our staff enjoyed spending time with him."
The case involving Ferguson was not made public before, according to NFL Network, and he had also received a public intoxication charge while in college, NFL Network reports.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Ferguson the No. 5 defensive end, behind Ohio State's Nick Bosa, Michigan's Rashan Gary, Mississippi State's Montez Sweat and Clemson's Clelin Ferrell, however Kiper also has Ferguson outside of his top 25 draft prospects.
Before Ferguson was disinvited from the combine, ESPN's Todd McShay left him out of the first round in his mock draft, while CBS Sports' Pete Prisco on Wednesday morning had Ferguson going 31st to the Los Angeles Rams.
Ferguson, a 6-foot-5, 262-pound defensive end, recorded 17.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 65 total tackles for the Bulldogs last season, his second season with at least 14.5 sacks (2016).
He recorded 45 sacks in his college career, and at the Senior Bowl he told the New York Post's Paul Schwartz, "I don't like the cold weather, but I'll play anywhere."
The Giants have the Nos. 6 and 38 picks in the first two rounds of the draft.