Thursday, March 27, 2014
Scouting WR/TE for Giants in draft
By Dan Graziano
I have to believe we sell a lot of ESPN Insider subscriptions this time of year, because the NFL draft content is just so good (and the draft of such great interest to so many) that people are more willing than ever to fork over the very reasonable fee for Insider membership.
For instance, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are taking position-by-position looks at prospects in their "Draft Lab" series, and their latest installment looks at the top wide receivers and tight ends in this year's draft.
So I write a New York Giants blog for ESPN.com, and I'm looking at what the Giants have right now at wide receiver and tight end (which is basically Victor Cruz and a couple of guys), and I'm thinking, "Giants fans would love this, right?"
Can't give it all away here, because ... well, you know, we want you to buy the Insider subscription. But I can offer a couple of teases.
- Both Mel and Todd list wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans and tight end Eric Ebron as likely to go in the first 12 picks. Not a coincidence that they pick that No. 12, which is the Giants' pick.
- Todd gives Oregon's Colt Lyerla a second-round grade but cites off-field concerns that could steer teams away.
- Todd also names Clemson wide receiver Martavius Bryant as a possible mid-round helper at wide receiver, in case the Giants (or other teams) are still looking for possible impact there.
Again, worth your time. The only pass catcher the Giants signed among their 19 free agents was Mario Manningham, who's obviously a question mark for injury and various other reasons. They're likely to try and find help there in the draft. Todd and Mel offer some names to keep an eye on.