Will any of these players end up with Big Blue?
In the run-up to the annual NFL Draft fans always want to know which players their teams have had contact with. As interesting as those reported meetings can be, their value is uncertain.
Anyway, here are the list of players New York Giants officials have reportedly met with this week at the Senior Bowl. In reality, the Giants have probably met with far more players than are on this list. These are only meetings that have been seen or confirmed by someone.
Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia — An East Orange, N.J. native who attended Nassau Community College for a year. NFL.com says:
Douglas has rare size for the position and his 2016 interception total will add to the level of intrigue for NFL teams. There is no doubting Douglas' ability to make plays on the ball when he's in position, but his Lack of long speed and closing burst could make his big senior season an anomaly. Douglas is a zone corner with press and trail ability but needs to run a reasonable time at the combine to solidify his draft slotting.
Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
Productive three-year starter who plays with desired motor from whistle to whistle. Willis is a stack-and-shed edge defender with good play strength and quality hand work at the point of attack. He will need more creativity to be an effective NFL pass rusher, but he should be able to earn a roster spot and work his way up the pecking order in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova — A raw 6-foot-7, 290-pound athletic freak who was on Chris’s list of players to watch this week. NFL.com says:
While he has the length, size and athleticism that is the foundation of what teams look for along their defensive front, his issues with contact balance and body control might not be easily remedied. Kpassagnon lacks natural pass rush talent and may need to strengthen his lower body so he can lock in as a two-gapping, edge-setting base end who can reduce inside on rush downs.
Davis Webb, QB, Cal — Did you miss our interview with Webb?
System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL.
Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson
Tough and highly competitive. Has the attitude and swagger for the position but lacks the desired size and quickness. Margin for error might be too small to become a starter in the league, but his potential on special teams could be a way to open the door to an NFL career.
Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
True "Y" tight end with outstanding length and a frame that can handle more weight. Has the toughness to be an NFL blocker, but might need to add more upper- and lower-body strength before he's ready. He's a big, reliable target in the red zone and underneath against zone, but needs a longer runway to create separation in his routes. Sprinkle isn't great in any one area, but he's good in most and should be a safe pick and quality starter in the league.
Julien Davenport, OT, Bucknell — Played left tackle at Bucknell and NFL.com expects him to be taken in the first 100 picks.
Raw tackle lacking in technique but long on physical traits. Has been able to dominate against lower level of competition and his step up in competition during pre-draft workouts will either throw a wet blanket over his draft grade or send his stock soaring. Despite a lack of technique, his traits will have teams willing to draft and wait for him as a project. He will be a work in progress and might be forced to move to the right side.
Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy — Chris profiled the Troy tackle recently. Here is part of what he wrote:
The Giants probably need to add an offensive tackle, and Garcia looks as good as any in this draft class, and better than most. He will likely need a solid year in an NFL strength and conditioning program to reach his full potential, but his natural feet in pass protection and NFL frame make him look like a starting offensive tackle at the next level.
Antonio Pipkin, QB, Tiffin — What? You missed our interview with Pipkin?
Pipkin's level of competition will clearly be a strike against him unless he steps up and has a big week at the Senior Bowl. He's undersized with an average arm and needs to improve his accuracy and pocket poise. While he has proven to be dangerous with the feet, he doesn't have the physical traits that teams are usually willing to take shots on late in the draft. He may find himself fighting to catch a team's eye from the undrafted free agent list.
Kyle Kalis, G, Michigan
Good size and length and is a smart guard with above average technique. However, his leg stiffness and lack of functional athleticism will be extremely challenging to overcome. At best he has a shot at being drafted late on Day 3, and will almost certainly find his way into an NFL training camp at worst.
Sources: NJ Advance Media, Walter Football