NFC East: Logan Mankins
Please note that, prior to 2002 and again in 2008, the 32nd pick in the draft was not a first-round pick. The only pre-2002 exception was 1995.
Not a lot of excitement historically at the picks the Giants have this year, though that No. 32 pick has produced a few guys who played in a number of recent Super Bowls.
PICK 32 (32nd pick, first round)
Last five players picked
2011 -- Derrek Sherrod, T, Packers
2010 -- Patrick Robinson, CB, Saints
2009 -- Ziggy Hood, DT, Steelers
2008 -- Philip Merling, DE, Dolphins (second-round pick)
2007 -- Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Colts
Giants' history of No. 32 pick
2006 -- Mathias Kiwanuka
1981 -- Dave Young
1977 -- Johnny Perkins
Hall of Famers picked No. 32
Bob St. Clair (1953)
Mathias Kiwanuka (2006), Logan Mankins (2005), Drew Brees (2001)
PICK 63 (31st pick, second round)
2011 -- Marcus Gilbert, T, Steelers
2010 -- Pat Angerer, LB, Colts
2009 -- Cody Brown, TE, Cardinals
2008 -- Terrell Thomas, CB, Giants
2007 -- Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers
Giants' history of No. 63 pick
2008 -- Terrell Thomas
1983 -- Jamie Williams
Hall of Famers picked No. 63
Couldn't find one.
PICK 94 (31st pick, third round)
Last five players picked
2011 -- Kenrick Ellis, DT, Jets
2010 -- Kevin Thomas, DB, Colts
2009 -- Ryan Mouton, DB, Titans
2008 -- Kevin O'Connell, QB, Patriots
2007 -- Michael Okwo, LB, Bears
Giants' history of No. 94 picks
Hall of Famers picked No. 94
None. Charlie Joiner went No. 93 to the Oilers in 1969, and the 49ers followed up by taking running back Gene Moore at No. 94. Joiner is in the Hall of Fame. Moore is not. He had four career yards on two carries.
PICK 127 (32nd pick, fourth round)
Last five players taken
2011 -- Rashad Carmichael, DB, Texans
2010 -- E.J. Wilson, DE, Seahawks
2009 -- Austin Collie, WR, Colts
2008 -- Jacob Tamme, TE, Colts
2007 -- Kareem Brown, DT, Patriots
Giants' history of No. 127 pick
Never had it.
Hall of Famers picked No. 127
PICK 131 (36th pick, fourth round)
Last five players taken
2011 -- Davon House, DB, Packers
2010 -- Roddrick Muckelroy, LB, Bengals
2009 -- Greg Toler, DB, Cardinals
2008 -- Jack Ikegwuonu, DB, Eagles
2007 -- Brannon Condren, DB, Colts
Giants' history of No. 131 pick
Also, never had this one.
Hall of Famers picked No. 131
PICK 201 (31st pick, sixth round)
Last five players taken
2011 -- Stephen Schilling, T, Chargers
2010 -- Jorrick Calvin, DB, Cardinals
2009 -- Curtis Painter, QB, Colts
2008 -- Steve Justice, C, Colts
2007 -- Rashad Barskdale, CB, Eagles
Giants' history of No. 201 pick
1979 -- Roy Simmons
1978 -- Jeff Grady
Hall of Famers picked No. 201
None. Richard Dent was picked No. 203 and Bart Starr was picked No. 200, as covered in the Eagles' post.
PICK 239 (32nd pick, seventh round)
Last five players taken
2011 -- Mike Person, G, 49ers
2010 -- Sean Canfield, QB, Saints
2009 -- Ryan Durand, G, Titans
2008 -- Mike Merritt, TE, Chiefs
2007 -- C.J. Ah You, DE, Bills
Giants' history of No. 239 pick
1967 -- Dick Stebbins
Hall of Famers picked No. 239
None that I could find. The Giants' numbers this year just haven't turned up too many!
On his contract demands:
“I plan to be the highest paid guard in the NFL. You can take that whatever kinda way but that’s my goal, so…more than Logan Mankins got I guess.”
On if he feels he’s earned that:
“Absolutely. I mean I don’t wanna sound cocky or anything but I busted my butt for four years, I made a couple Pro Bowls. For my first three years I was the lowest paid guard of all the starting guard in the NFL. And I never complained, I never held out, I came in early to sign my tender when no one else was doing that. I’ve been dedicated to the team and I’ve proven my stats speak for itself. I just feel like I should get paid what I deserve.”
In case you're wondering, the contract Mankins signed with the Patriots last year was $51 million for six years with a $20 million signing bonus. So if you want Nicks, you need to know he's looking for more than $8.5 million a year. Too much to spend on a guard? Well, the Patriots didn't think so, and as a result neither does the best guard on this year's free-agent market. Will the Cowboys pay that much, given their many needs on defense? Will the Redskins pay that much, given their needs at wide receiver, in the secondary and the money they'll have to spend to sign Robert Griffin III after they draft him with the No. 2 pick?
For me, that's too much for a guard. I think you can find guards cheaper, late in the draft if need be. But odds are that somebody's going to pay it, and Nicks is a stud. Personally, I think the NFC East's guard-needy teams would do well to stay away if that's the neighborhood in which Nicks is going to get paid. But nobody's asking me.
I also felt like we're all about ready for the lockout to end. Which it seems as if it is.
Once it does, of course, we will find out what the Eagles want and can get in return for quarterback Kevin Kolb. Lots of talk about this over the past couple of days, and Jeff McLane says that, if Arizona's offering cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Eagles will want a pick to come with him. As we've discussed here many times, Philadelphia isn't interested in giving Kolb away. Once they do, they'll need to find a reliable backup for Michael Vick. If they can't get what they want for Kolb, they'll just keep him as that.
Speaking of Vick, one of the stipulations of his post-prison agreements with Roger Goodell, Andy Reid and Jeff Lurie was that he'd do more than just speak out against dogfighting -- that he'd actively campaign against it. Hence, Vick was in Washington to throw his support behind a bill making it a federal crime to attend an animal fight.
The Cowboys have brought their coaches back from their vacations in anticipation of the end of the lockout. This is how crazy this all is: Not only will free agency start next week, but some training camps, including the Cowboys' in San Antonio, are scheduled to start next week. Next week!
Rainer Sabin wonders if the new rules effectively eliminating two-a-day practices from training camp under the new agreement will impact Jason Garrett's plans to try to toughen up the atmosphere around the Cowboys players. I predict Garrett and other coaches can find ways to make things tougher on their players while staying in the rules. I also predict that some coaches and teams will break the rules, though I don't know which ones.
New York Giants
Ralph Vacchiano says that Osi Umenyiora won't hold up a labor agreement because of his own contract demands, the way it appeared as if Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins might as of Tuesday. Ralph has a source telling him Umenyiora believes his beef to be with the Giants, not the league as a whole, and that he (Osi, not Ralph) might hold out of training camp if he doesn't get what he wants, which is a new contract or a trade. As Ralph points out, the Giants have too many free-agent concerns to allow them to give into Osi's demands. He's not likely to get much satisfaction here.
Fullback Vonta Leach says he likes the Giants if he ends up leaving the Houston Texans for free agency. There's been interest on the Giants' end in the past, as Ohm Youngmisuk writes, and the Giants had serious injury problems at that position in 2010. I don't know. You guys have been asking for under-the-radar names. There you go.
Mike Jones writes that coordinator Jim Haslett (second year of new scheme), safety LaRon Landry (health) and rookie Ryan Kerrigan (transition from college defensive end to pro linebacker) are among the Redskins with the most to prove on the defensive side of the ball this year.
And Dan Daly wonders if Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen are prepared for the speed with which free agency is expected to unfold. It's a question worth asking about 32 front offices right now. If this compressed free-agency period is going to unfold with as much insanity as everyone thinks it is, there are going to be some bad deals done both ways. The ones who come out of it the cleanest will be the teams and agents who kept their heads about them, stayed flexible and reacted both quickly and intelligently to unforeseen developments.
I'm going to go react quickly and intelligently to my stomach's rumbling and go eat some breakfast. You guys be careful out there today.
Willow from Southside is, like a lot of Cowboys fans, worried about this cap number we're hearing and wondering who the Cowboys might cut in order to get under the cap.
Dan Graziano: Yes, Willow. They are going to have to make some cuts, and it'll be interesting to see who they drop. Marion Barber looks like a sure thing to be cut, and I'd imagine they're dropping Leonard Davis and some others. Terrence Newman may not be safe. Roy Williams' cap number could keep them from cutting him. Bradie James would be a cut that could save them money but might hurt the 2011 team too much.
Will Kelland from New York City wondered why Osi Umenyiora isn't getting the same amount of attention Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins are getting today as a disgruntled plaintiff in the Brady antitrust case.
DG: Based on what's come out today, it sounds as if Osi isn't making the same kind of demands as those guys are. Plus, he wasn't franchised, as they were. So, different scenarios.
John from Philly wondered where Nnamdi Asomugha gets off asking for $18 million a year. Seems John doesn't think he's worth that or will get it.
DG: Well, Revis is making $16.25/year in the first two years of his deal, and I'm sure Nnamdi, being a free agent, is looking for more. I don't think he's better than Revis, but he is a free agent and that's how these things work. He's right to be starting in that ballpark, and I wouldn't be shocked if he gets it. Remember, the new rules will require teams to spend at least a certain percentage of the cap.
Brendan from DC, mindful of Dan Snyder's reckless free-agent history, says he'd rather see the Redskins sit out free agency and continue to build through the draft. Wants them to "do nothing" once the league year opens.
DG: They have too many holes to do nothing. And the new rules will require a certain level of spending. So I think you need to trust Shanahan and Allen to spend wisely and Snyder to stay out of it until we see that it doesn't work.
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Eagles defensive end Trent Cole has been hunting whitetail deer since he was in fourth grade. But he waited until junior high to start hunting quarterbacks.
He's been flying under the national radar since entering the league as a fifth-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2005. But opposing offensive tackles and tight ends don't need an introduction.
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|Eagles defensive end Trent Cole hunts quarterbacks on the field – and deer off the field.|
Cole briefly lost his starting job in 2006 to the pricey Darren Howard, but that didn't last long. When the equally overrated Jevon Kearse went down with an injury, Cole replaced him in the lineup for good. And on Dec. 17 of that season, the former high school running back stepped in front of an Eli Manning pass and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown.
The play happened in the Meadowlands, and Cole's reputation began to grow around the league. When we talked via phone Thursday morning, he admitted that he still draws inspiration from that interception in the Meadowlands.
"Yeah, that was pretty nice," said the soft-spoken Cole. "It was a great feeling and it's something that gave me a lot of confidence."
When he arrived in Cincinnati, Cole was 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. He started out as a nose tackle in 2002, and he recalls giving up 100 pounds to players from Ohio State and West Virginia.
"They would look at me, look at each other and just start laughing," he said. "Then I'd wear them out all afternoon. They kept asking me to slow down for a couple of plays."
Cole's coming off a breakout season in which he finished with 12.5 sacks and replaced Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney in the Pro Bowl. He said it was an exciting moment, but he wasn't happy about his "alternate" status. This season, Cole is commanding a lot more attention, and he's been held to three sacks. But instead of pressing, he continues to work on his all-around game. He led all NFC defensive ends in tackles last season with 103 and has 49 tackles through eight games in 2008.
"That's something I take a lot of pride in," he said. "Teams don't run to my side out of respect. I never wanted to be looked at as a specialist."