Inside Giants’ draft thinking, which is leaning away from a QB
There are five weeks until the NFL draft, five weeks until the Giants are on the clock with one of the most fascinating decisions in their history, a crossroads for their fans, their franchise and their foundation.
But it makes no country-fried never mind, as Don’t Know Nuthin’ Williams’ UNC team plays Friday on CBS in the NCAA Tournament.
Two preseasons ago Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan, on CBS, told Ian Eagle he plans to sign available veterans of good character. Great!
This week, the Jets signed four-year Browns running back Isaiah Crowell, who was thrown off Georgia’s team after being charged with on-campus possession of a concealed gun after previous assorted violations of team rules. (The charges were later dismissed.)
In 2016, Crowell, a good running back, added to NFL player protests by posting on social media a depiction of a police officer being executed by having his throat slit. With Cleveland’s police union threatening a protest of Crowell, he apologized.
Thus, either Maccagnan considers Crowell a vet of good character, or, as matter of current practical logic, there are few to choose from.
Albert was traded to the Jaguars last year, and spent five days in camp before deciding to retire. When he changed his mind and declared his intention to come back, the Jaguars cut him. He had some workouts but didn’t play last season.
Rosen skipped his first pass, a slant, and missed on an out-cut throw, but otherwise he was as-advertised. He put on a show with three 60-yard deep balls on the money, hitting in-stride Byron Pringle of Kansas State, Trey Quinn of SMU and Calvin Ridley of Alabama in rapid-fire succession. It was an impressive display that had David Carr, the former Giants backup quarterback now working for NFL Network, exclaiming, Everything Josh does is easy so fluid.
There were misfires when Rosen threw out-cuts to the right sideline, mainly because the receivers were sluggish with their cuts. It was telling that the sharpest completion went to Ridley, the top receiver prospect in this draft.
On two post-corners, Rosen delivered the goods on throws, but Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame) and Courtland Sutton (SMU) ran sloppy routes no great surprise, considering the quarterbacks and receivers are completely unfamiliar with each other, which is one reason Darnold opted not to throw at the combine.
Rosen certainly did nothing to dissuade the Giants from taking him, if they go with a quarterback rather than Saquon Barkley, the uber-impressive Penn State running back, or guard Quenton Nelson of Notre Dame.