MOBILE, Ala. — The majority of the players considered to be the big-name pass-rush talent this year are underclassmen and thus cannot attend. The top quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft, Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, is a redshirt sophomore and is not invited.
So, this week’s Senior Bowl practices will not include the star power the Giants hope to attain with the No. 6 pick in the draft, but there will be plenty of talent on the field for them to consider with some of the other 10 picks they own.
The Senior Bowl practices will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at quaint Ladd-Peebles Stadium, with fans allowed to watch and scouts, coaches and front office executives sitting on the concrete stands, in the cold and dampness, along with everyone else. The actual game is Saturday afternoon and it was in that showcase one year ago that Kyle Lauletta, a fairly unheralded quarterback out of Richmond, backed up a solid week with an even better performance to earn MVP honors. The Giants were impressed and took Lauletta in the fourth round of the 2018 draft.
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, head coach Pat Shurmur, director of college scouting Chris Pettit, members of Shurmur’s coaching staff and the college scouts will be on the scene, but will not see the top edge-rush talent such as Nick Bosa (Ohio State), Josh Allen (Kentucky), Clelin Ferrell (Clemson) or Ed Oliver (Houston). They will not see defensive tackles Quinnen Williams (Alabama) or Rashan Gary (Michigan) or offensive tackle Jonah Williams (Alabama), cornerback Greedy Williams (LSU) or versatile linebacker Devin White.
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As far as quarterbacks, prospects Daniel Jones (Duke), Drew Lock (Missouri) and Will Grier (West Virginia) will be on the field and all could be interesting targets if the Giants want to go that direction in the second or third round. There is no more versatile offensive lineman in this draft than Michael Dieter, who started a record 54 career games at Wisconsin, split nearly equally between guard, center and tackle. The Giants are in need of help at safety and Nasir Adderley, out of Delaware, is one of the best in this year’s class.
The top pass-rushers for the Giants to take a look at include Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech), Montez Sweat (Mississippi State) Zack Williams (Boston College) and Oshane Ximines (Old Dominion).
Last year, the Giants traveled here wanting to get a good, hard look at Will Hernandez, a burly guard who did not win a single game as a senior at Texas El Paso. He showed the Giants what they wanted to see, as far as size, athletic ability and temperament (nasty) but their scouts came away frustrated, believing Hernandez did enough during the week to elevate his status into a late first-round pick. Lo and behold, Hernandez was there for the taking when the Giants were on the clock early in the second round and they gleefully took him with the 34th overall pick. Hernandez not only started every game at left guard as a rookie, he was one of two players on the roster (left tackle Nate Solder was the other) to play every snap the entire season.