New York Giants: 35 players to follow at Scouting Combine
By Henry Buggy
#10 – N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb
Chubb is worthy of the No. 2 overall pick, but Big Blue has needs elsewhere. Gettleman could surprise everyone by taking the Wolfpack’s 6-foot-4, 275-pound pass rusher. But with Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon under contract, New York is likely to focus on pass rush later in the draft. Over the past two seasons, Chubb has amassed 44 tackles for a loss, 20 sacks, and four forced fumbles.
#9 – Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
Just like Chubb, it seems unlikely Big Blue would select Fitzpatrick at No. 2. But that doesn’t mean Alabama’s versatile defensive back isn’t worthy of the selection. Through three seasons in Tuscaloosa, Fitzpatrick recorded 171 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 24 passes defended, nine interceptions, five sacks, and four defensive touchdowns. He has the ability to play both cornerback and safety at the next level, which only makes him more valuable.
#8 – Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey
NFL draft analysts are split on the Fighting Irish’s 6-foot-8, 312-pound left tackle. He earned Pro Football Focus’ top grade of any offensive tackle in 2017 despite playing for an offense that had no threat of an aerial attack. If the Giants trade back in the first-round, McGlinchey is surely a prospect worth keeping an eye on. Some NFL evaluators believe he’s better suited to play on the right side at the next level.
#7 – Wyoming QB Josh Allen
Allen was unable to live up to expectations in his junior season and visibly struggled against Power Five opponents. The Cowboys 6-foot-5, 233-pound quarterback has a cannon for an arm but questions surround his accuracy and footwork. He completed just 56.2 percent of his passes in the Mountain West Conference and windows will only get tighter at the next level. He plans to throw at the Scouting Combine, making him a must-follow prospect for Big Blue fans this week.
#6 – Texas OT Connor Williams
Williams is the top offensive tackle to watch at the Scouting Combine. He was considered one of the top left tackles in college football entering the 2017 season but was limited to just five games due to a knee injury. At least one NFL personnel executive is still questioning what the Longhorns 6-foot-6, 320-pound prospect will be at the next level, via NFL Network.
"“I heard all about how good he was last year and then I turned on the tape and what I saw wasn’t a first-rounder at all. I can go back to 2016, but who is he now? I have to know who he is and who he’s going to be in three to five years. Scouting is projecting.”"