The 6'3", 215 lb White, who has already visited with the Titans, will also visit with the Jets, Rams and Bears.
The 6'3", 215 lb White, who has already visited with the Titans, will also visit with the Jets, Rams and Bears.
Other free agents the Giants are expected to attempt to re-sign are S Antrel Rolle, CB Walter Thurmond, FB Henry Hynoski, LB Jacquian Williams and S Stevie Brown.
Some other housekeeping items on the to-do list are tendering TE Larry Donnell and CB Chandler Fenner, who are both exclusive rights free agents this spring.
It's the week after the Super Bowl, which means mock draft season has officially begun. The NFL Scouting Combine begins in less than two weeks, at that point?we'll begin to smoke out some favorites for you when it comes to the Giants and their ninth overall pick this year.
That hasn't stopped others from mocking away these days. The Giants' roster is an open book for the most part. Just about any player they pick this April will likely have the opportunity to make an instant impact. There are many who feel they will use their first-round pick on an offensive lineman. In today's NY Post, veteran columnist Steve Serby has the Giants looking defense first....
Danny Shelton (DT, Washington)Jay Bromley, the third-round pick in 2014, barely saw the field, so there is an opening for a 343-pound space eater alongside Johnathan Hankins. And Cullen Jenkins is 34. The big fella can shield MLB Jon Beason, if not the sun. A critical question coach Tom Coughlin and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will need to answer: If Pete Carroll saw this guy on the Giants? goal-line defense, would he let Russell Wilson throw from the 1-yard line to win an NFC Championship game? An offensive lineman always is in play, of course.An interesting choice, but we'd have to see who's still on the board at that time. The Giants sure could use a big presence in the middle, considering they were 30th against the rush in 2014 with opponents averaging a porous 4.9 YPC against them. Not sure if Shelton is the guy. At 6'2" and 343 lbs, he seems like a two-down player.
Giants scouts have met with several players at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida this week. As per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com, the Giants have shown interest in at least two players: Leterrius Walton, a DT from Central Michigan and USC defensive back Josh Shaw. (NJ.com, Jan 16)
It's no shock that the scouts are paying specific attention to defensive players. The Giants were statistically one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2014.
It's way too early to speculate on who the Giants will select in this spring's NFL Draft. Or is it? I visited WalterFootball.com, one of my favorite websites, and checked to see who they have the Giants selecting in the first three rounds of their mock draft.
Round One, Pick 9: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford (6'7', 312) Jr.
"I was fortunate enough to cover him at Notre Dame," Mayock told host Paul Burmeister. "The kid started 52 consecutive games, so durability is not an issue. He's the only offensive lineman in this draft that can start at all five positions on the offensive line and play at a high level. Some teams are looking at him at tackle, some teams are looking at him inside at guard and teams are even looking at him at center, which makes a ton of sense to me. On Draft Day, Thursday night, what I expect is he's going to come off the board somewhere between Buffalo at 9 and St. Louis at 13,"
The Giants have the No. 12 overall selection Thursday night. GM Jerry Reese, who rarely comments on prospects before the draft, was asked last week if he sees Martin as a tackle or a guard.
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.
"I think they have a number," Casserly said. "Center is a question. J.D. Walton, they've signed him, but he's hasn't played in a year and a half. I think wide receiver needs depth. Tight end, they're very young. Defensive tackle, they need some depth there."
"But, I'll tell you the number one thing to me is the left tackle position," he said. "They have got to get that improved. They've got to get it stabilized. It affects the whole offensive line, and more importantly, it affects the confidence of Eli Manning.
Well, for the 2014 New York Football Giants, there are so many weaknesses that the team may have to pick and choose which areas to address.
Recently-retired offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride commented on the shuffling of the offensive line this season and how it negatively affected what Eli Manning was able to do.
He gave the Giants a ?B,? which is a solid assessment. The Giants addressed a need along the offensive line by drafting Justin Pugh from Syracuse and also selected some other talented players, like defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins from Ohio State and defensive end Damontre Moore from Florida State, who could have an immediate impact.
On Pugh, O?Hara said, ?I thought it was a great pick-up for the Giants. The reason why I say that is because Pugh represents versatility for them. He can play all the positions.
It really was meant to be an open discussion to see what the fans thought about the subject and really just to start thinking about it long-term. Of course, we are blessed to have a quarterback like Eli Manning, and based on his durability, there should be no reason that anyone other than Eli will be Big Blue?s starter behind center for at least the next five?plus years.
In the post, I wrote:
The Giants have shown over the last few years that they lean more towards the best available rather than worry about team needs.
With Ahmad Bradshaw in house, Jerry Reese still brought in running back David Wilson. The idea is that eventually the player will be called upon to play a significant role on the team. Just look at how the Giants view Wilson now.
Then, there are the tams that wait for the others to make mistakes, hoping a gem will fall into their lap. The Giants felt this was the case in 2011, when CB Prince Amukamara dropped down to them at 19.
Here is a list of the players taken with the 19th pick since 2002:
Then, in 1964, things changed.? Age and poor planning sank the Giants to the bottom of the standings.? Between 1964-1978 the once-proud franchise won only 74 games. To top things off, the co-owners - Wellington Mara and his nephew Tim - were engrossed in a bitter feud that furthered the team's demise.
In stepped in NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.? His suggestion to hire Baltimore Colts executive George Young was agreed upon by both parties. It was the best decision, perhaps, in New York sports history.
One of the non-local players coming into TPC on Monday is Virginia Tech safety Alonzo Tweedy, a player known for his special teams prowess. He could be a late round pick for the Giants or any other club looking to upgrade the quality of their specials.
The Giants recently hosted Alabama OL Chance Warmack, a player now rumored to be a "faller" in the draft and word has it they will take him if he is still around when they select at 19.....
From Rotoworld:?NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline reports the Giants would "love the opportunity" to draft Alabama OG Chance Warmack should he begin to slide on draft day.
The Giants hold the 19th selection in the NFL Draft this year. It will be the fifth time since 1979 (the official start?of the post-fumble era) that Big Blue has picked in this slot.
The last time the Giants picked 19th was just two years ago. They were wedged in a position where someone could fall, but who that player would be was a mystery.
From Eric Hansen of NDInsider.com:
Former Notre Dame All-America linebacker Manti Te'o met with his sixth?NFL team, the?New York Giants, on Thursday, per a source close to the?Laie, Hawaii, product. And he'll conclude his team visits in San Diego?on Monday, when he's scheduled to meet with the?Chargers.
Welcome back for our second chapter in Giants Draft History. We pick up in 1976, the inaugural year of Giants Stadium. The team finally had a home after three seasons of bouncing around. The new surroundings were strange ones. A 'state-of-the-art' concrete, utilitarian facility in the middle of the weeds off Route 3 in East Rutherford, NJ.
Initially, Giant fans didn't know what to make of it. Only 10.4 miles from Manhattan, it seemed like North Dakota for many of the faithful used to attending games within the confines of NYC. There was no other way to get to the new stadium except to drive or take a bus from Port Authority. When you got to the stadium, there was nothing to be found in terms of bars or restaurants and very little variety once you got inside. You were there to see the game. period.
Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina Height: 5-8 Weight: 202 Hand: 9.38, 40 Time: 4.53Projected Round: 2-3?
Walter Football: Bernard had a solid Combine. He ran well in the 40 and looked good in the receiving drills. Size concerns are his biggest negative.
The Giants' media guys describe the 1970's as such: The Giants in the 1970s could best be described as a team in transition. The team called four different stadiums home, played in three different states, and did not play in one postseason game. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Giants, so strong in the NFL?s forma- tive years, gave way to new powers like Dallas, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.
Perfect. Not too specific, kindly saving us the pain of having to re-live that period. The beginning of the decade was spotted with a few winning seasons, but as the decade went on, the Giants became a hopeless mess that prompted NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to intervene in 1979.
Alabama offensive tackle DJ Fluker, who some draft prognosticators expect the Giants to nab with their first-round selection, will be on hand Thursday, April 25 at Radio City Hall in Manhattan, N.Y.
ESPN Insider Todd McShay predicted Fluker to fall to the G-Men in his first mock draft following the NFL Combine. Since then, he has changed his pick to Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert and then back to Fluker.
From Josh Alper of PFT:
In recent years, the Giants have been relatively soft up front compared not only to their teams of yesteryear, but to their current rivals and contemporaries. The Giants defensive line got trampled on the ground last year. In 2011, they were last in rushing offense. John Mara wants his team to re-establish themselves on the the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
"We need to re-establish that toughness in front,? Mara told FOXSports' Alex Marvez and co-host Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio at the NFL owners meetings. ?Teams ran the ball against us too easily last year. That?s an area of concern. And the offensive line, that performance needs to get a little better, too.?
The Giants lost?Mario Manningham, Aaron Ross and David Tollefson while signing?Martellus Bennett, Sean Locklear, Shaun Rogers.
The Giants will have eight total selections in the draft: one in each of the first six rounds and two in the 7th: Round 1, Pick 19 (19); Round 2, Pick 17 (49); Round 3, Pick 19 (81); Round 4, Pick 19 (113); Round 5; Pick 19 (145); Round 6, Pick 19 (177); Round 7, Pick 19 (209) and Pick 47 (253)
Tom Coughlin has transformed into a more laid-back coach over the past few years, since he was dealing mainly with the veteran rosters. This helped him gain the respect of his teams, resulting in two Super Bowl championships.
Earlier in Coughlin?s Giants? tenure, he was criticized for his stringent style, which rubbed many players the wrong way.
And then again, the Giants could simply pass. Ogletree, a surefire top-10 pick a month ago, has blown up his draft stock with a DUI arrest ?in early February. It's just the latest off-field infraction by Ogletree. From Rotoworld:
The arrest, just ahead of NFL Combine interviews, couldn't have been much more untimely. Ogletree was also suspended four games in 2012 for violating the Georgia football team's substance abuse policy. He allegedly turned in "positive drug tests," plural. Ogletree was suspended once more in 2010 for stealing a motor scooter from fellow UGA student.Some pundits say the incidents will not affect his draft position, but several teams that are in the market for a LB this April, will probably go in another direction. The Steelers, who select 17th, are one of those teams. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Gazette believes the Steelers will let Ogletree slip past them.
They have an unsettled OL situation right now on the OL with vets Chris Snee, David Diehl and David Baas all coming back from surgeries and a glut of unproven youngsters vying for a shot at a roster spot.
Snee and his father-in-law may be pooh-poohing the retirement talk, but it's legit. Hip surgery at this point of career is not easy to come back from and as encouraging as the chatter has been, we have to see him back at 100% before we buy into anything. Baas is no one's favorite, but he's going nowhere. Diehl may be going somewhere, but the Giants don't want to pull the trigger on him until they get their ducks in a row.
Countless times, the Giants gave up huge plays in the secondary, especially on third down, which kept the opposing offense on the field.
Big Blue was near the top of the league in giving up passing plays of more than 20 yards. Stevie Brown had a breakout season, but that was pretty much all the positive recognition this unit received.
From Jim Kleinpeter of the Times-Picayune:
According to SI's Tony Pauline, teams are "falling in love" with Alabama OT D.J. Fluker, and "some in (the) scouting community" believe he could go as high as No. 19 to the Giants. Pauline also floats the Bengals at No. 21 as a possibility. An imposing 6-foot-4, 355 pounds with impressive athleticism and long arms, Fluker has first-round size and ability, but is viewed as a future right tackle. That means he's not a lock to hear his name called on day one. He'd almost certainly be among the first few picks if he fell to day two, however.?Feb. 5 - 8:46 pm et Source:?Tony Pauline on Twitter
Fluker, who graduated in December, still had one year of eligibility at Bama but chose to enter the NFL Draft instead. He did not play in the Senior Bowl due to a calf injury but impressed onlookers just by attending...from Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:
Free Agency and the Draft
March 9-11 -- Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.
According to McShay, New York will look to bolster its defensive backfield by adding Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.
"The Giants have been successful under general manager Jerry Reese going with the best available athlete on the board, but in this case they find one of the top players available at a priority need area," McShay writes. "Banks is not elite in man-to-man coverage, but he has good length and is solid in press coverage, shows instincts in zone, supports the run and is a ball hawk with 16 career interceptions."The last defensive player drafted by New York was Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara in 2011. In 2010, the team took Jason Pierre-Paul.
However, storm of uncertainty has fallen upon Te'o, with his girlfriend hoax making national headlines for a week now.
In an interview with the Star-Ledger, Giants General Manager Jerry Reese addressed the prospect of drafting Te'o, reminding everyone that despite his talent and the controversy surrounding him, it's still early in the draft process ... for everyone.
Steelman is the type of everyman teams are putting a high value on these days. With roster spots at a premium, versatility is king, and Steelman looks like he can wear a multitude of hats....
From Army Football blogger Sal Interdonato of hudsonvalley.com:
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o has gone from Heisman Trophy runner-up and a lead-pipe cinch top five NFL prospect to a silly, immature kid who needs to either grow up or just come clean and show that he is serious about playing pro football.
The fake girlfriend hoax raises doubts to whether Te'o is ready for the next level. He is certainly a productive player who appears to be ready to handle the physical demands of NFL life, but this charade may keep teams from taking him in the early part of the first round in April's draft, where Te'o is projected to be selected. Can he handle the emotional and psychological part of being a pro?
Every weekend since Nov. 21, 2004, Eli Manning has suited up as the Giants? quarterback.
That?s a nine-year stretch and 135 consecutive regular season games, with an additional 11 playoff games. That streak is the longest among active quarterbacks and fourth longest overall behind Ronde Barber (215), London Fletcher (195) and Brandon Moore (137).
The Indianapolis Colts were slated all along to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick, so the trade now signified that the Redskins would take Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
That?s exactly how it played out, and Griffin III is off to a fast start in his NFL career.
Redskins: Keenan Robinson (LB)
Joking?it?s obviously Robert Griffin III. The Redskins gave up a bounty (bad word choice?) for RGIII, and he?s expected to be an explosive, all-around QB early in his career.? The NFC East will be a tough(er) battle for years to come.
Cowboys: Morris Claiborne (CB)
A possible top-five talent in the draft, the Cowboys traded up to help fill a need and land a great value pick.? In a couple years, we could be calling Claiborne a top-five cornerback in the NFL. He could be matched up against his LSU teammate Rueben Randle.
Jaguars (Preseason Week 1): ?WR Justin Blackmon
The consensus best wide receiver in the draft, Blackmon was an absolute beast at Oklahoma State. He may not be the "can't-miss" talent his fifth overall billing suggests, and he?s not quite as good as last year?s first rounders AJ Green or Julio Jones either.? That doesn?t mean he can?t develop into a top-20 wide receiver.
But as much as it stings, going undrafted is not the end of the road for these young athletes with dreams of playing under the brightest of lights, on the greenest of fields, wearing the costliest of cleats.? Undrafted players who still long to make a living as a professional football player must look no further than the Super Bowl 46 champions for a sign of hope.? Several members of the Giants? 2011 roster were overlooked at the draft by every NFL team seven times over.
Not all undrafted free agents are created equal, and there are a number of players whose stories could have been ripped right out of a Hollywood script.? Mark Herzlich was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and was a consensus first round prospect after his junior season at Boston College.? But when he was diagnosed with Ewing?s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, the only thing that mattered was getting healthy.? Herzlich and his doctors successfully tackled the disease, and he was miraculously able to return to the field roughly one year later.? Herzlich fell all the way out of the draft, but was quickly signed by general manager Jerry Reese the morning undrafted free agency began.? He has yet to establish himself on the field, but his story has inspired millions, and his leadership and toughness make him a coach?s dream.