The Giants were enamored with Saquon Barkley to the point they didn’t waste much time turning in their card. And the team is now prepared to enter the season without a surefire heir apparent behind Eli Manning.
It turns out, Big Blue’s brass didn’t appear to have a consensus among which of the quarterbacks they would take, with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reporting different sects of the Giants’ decision-makers preferred three separate signal-callers. And they didn’t feel strongly enough about one of them to pull the trigger at No. 2.
Goodell is despised in Dallas after he ruled that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott should be suspended for six games last season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
That’s what ex-Browns GM Phil Savage told Peter King for his Sports Illustrated story while being posted up in Cleveland. From King’s story:
And then there’s this postscript, shared last week by former Browns GM Phil Savage: In 2007, holding the No. 3 pick, Cleveland liked LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Had the Raiders not taken Russell with the top choice, Savage says he would have drafted him. His pick instead that year: tackle Joe Thomas. Russell’s an all-time bust, Thomas an all-time great. Imagine that: Saved by Al Davis. So the team’s best draft choice of this century turned out to be part luck.
I’m just thankful to know that this whole process is over with, that an organization believed in me and trusted in me and I’m just ready to get to work. Three other players not taken in the first round, Texas tackle Connor Williams, Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson, and UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin, did stick it out. Williams, who didn’t have far to go to be at home he’s from the Dallas area will be staying in Big D because the Cowboys chose him 50th. He could wind up at guard.
Kelly, who played his high school ball for Greg Carter at Oak Park, decided to pass up his senior year to enter the draft.
Kelly, a physical downhill runner at 5-10 and 215 pounds, opened his junior year by running for 128 yards and four TDs in a 42-41 (2OT) win over Georgia Tech.
But at the end of the day, it was all worth the wait. It was all worth it. Jackson went 45th to Green Bay, a place he could immediately be a starter even though he is not a speedster. He led FBS last year with eight interceptions. It goes back to his awareness and IQ for the game, scout Alonzo Dotson said. The speed never really worried us because he’s just so smart and he’s always in the right position to play the ball.