New York Giants: 35 players to follow at Scouting Combine
By Henry Buggy
#25 – Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph
NFL draft evaluators seem to be split on Rudolph. The Cowboys 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback put up monster numbers in the Big 12, but much like Falk, some question whether he’s the product of the system in Stillwater. In his senior year, Rudolph completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards and threw 37 touchdowns to nine interceptions. He is definitely one of the top quarterbacks to watch during the throwing portion of the combine.
#24 – San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny
The Aztec’s 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back led the FBS in rushing (2,248) in 2017. Penny is likely moving up big boards after putting on a showcase in the Senior Bowl. He picked up 137 yards and scored a touchdown on just 10 touches in the all-star game. He has shown the ability to be a three-down back at the next level.
#23 – Louisville QB Lamar Jackson
The youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy had to make this list. Jackson is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft class, and a case for him joining Big Blue can definitely be made. The comparisons to Michael Vick are legitimate. NFL evaluators will want to see him throw side-by-side with the top quarterbacks in this year’s class. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback is far from a finished product but has huge upside potential at the next level.
#22 – Auburn OG Braden Smith
The Tigers first-team All-American is projected to be a third to fourth-round draft selection but could move up big boards with an impressive outing this week. Pro Football Focus gave Smith their highest grade of any SEC guard this season. The 6-foot-6, 303-pound prospect started 41 consecutive games during his collegiate career.
#21 – USC RB Ronald Jones
Only four running backs make this list, but there will be plenty more on New York’s big board come April. Josh Adams, Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, Royce Freeman, Kerryon Johnson, and Bo Scarbrough are just some of the names to keep an eye on. USC’s 6-foot, 200-pound running back had to crack this list though. Jones amassed 3,921 yards and scored 42 touchdowns in three seasons in the Pac-12 and has drawn comparisons with four-time Pro Bowler Jamaal Charles.