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Updates on Kadarius Toney and James Bradberry, plus more on the Giants as the draft approaches – The Athletic
Interesting quote about Kadarius Toney in Dan Duggan’s notebook:
“Not a guy you can trust,” said a source in the organization. “Likes the NFL lifestyle, but not the NFL work.”
What struck me was that it came within the Giants organization.
Duggan also reported that the Giants are shopping wide receiver Darius Slayton. This is no surprise given his declining production over the past two seasons and his $ 2.5 million salary. Personally, I doubt Slayton manages the 53-man list. If the Giants can get something for him, that’s a bonus.
Giants NFL Draft Big Board: Projections of Day 1, 2 and 3 Fit for GM Joe Schoen and New York – The Athletic
Can GM Joe Schoen find his way out of this mess? – News day
Wink Martindale’s Giants defense a priority in the 1st round of the NFL Draft – Newsday
Most believe the Giants’ biggest need is an offensive lineman, and that’s a priority for the team this week, even if it’s not one in the first round. Because they pick fifth and seventh, if there are two offensive linemen that the Giants like a bit alike when they get on the clock, they can pick a defender first, knowing that at least one of the two tackles will be there at seven. They can even switch back from seven and hope that one of the top three linemen remains available – has all the smoke that the Giants love Charles Cross from Mississippi State been a setup to be able to catch him later in the round? or depending on how far they retreat, choose one of the many usable linemen in starting caliber who will be on the board late in the first or early in the second.
All of this indicates that the Giants’ first pick in the first round on Thursday will be a defensive player.
2022 NFL Draft: 3 big trades to happen
Chargers are swapping the 17th overall pick (and other picks) for the Giants for the 7th overall pick
The Chargers have been incredibly aggressive this offseason, partly because of the nuclear arms race that is AFC West right now, and partly to maximize the three years left of Justin Herbert’s rookie contract. They have signed with JC Jackson and switched to Khalil Mack to strengthen their defense, and here they switch up in the hopes of drawing which of Ikem Ekwonu or Charles Cross will drop out of the top five in the 2022 NFL Draft. Chargers could always use offensive line help, and several mock drafts cause them to take a pass blocker in the first round, so it only makes sense that if they really want a certain view, they decide to just pick him up.
The Giants lose nothing in this scenario and actually win quite a bit. They would still be able to pick someone like Kenyon Green or Tyler Lindenbaum to improve their own offensive line as a 17-year-old and might also be able to get the Chargers out of one of their future first places. Right now in their rebuilding, the Giants need players and many of them after half a decade of sheer incompetence by former general manager David Gettleman.
Get enough extra choices, especially a 2023 first-rounder, and I would be OK with that.
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