The 2015 NFL Draft gets underway at 8 p.m. ET. Your New York Giants have the ninth overall pick, which means that unless something completely bonkers happens the Giants won't be on the clock until some time after 9 p.m. So, let's talk about some of the last-minute rumors and speculation that might impact the Giants.
Melvin Gordon, Vic Beasley in play at No. 9?
Well, now, here area couple of notions that seem to come completely out of left field. Gordon? Sure, there has been some chatter that the Giants might be interested in a running back with the ninth overall pick, but the guy considered to be in play in the top 10 since he received medical clearance has been Todd Gurley of Georgia. Beasley? Most analysts don't expect him to be there at No. 9, and he is seen as an odd fit for the Giants, anyway.
Yet, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, one of the most highly-respected football writers and most accurate draft analysts in the business, has gone and thrown both of their names into the hat for the Giants. McGinn did not pick Gordon or Beasley for the Giants in his final mock draft. He went with the consensus pick -- Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff. McGinn, however, wrote this:
The Giants would love to see Beasley slip here. RB Melvin Gordon is a very real possibility, too.
For reference, McGinn has the fifth-highest mock draft score over the past five years, per The Huddle Report. His top 100 average of 84.2 is the best five-year average in the Huddle Report database.
Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports tweeted that a personnel man from a team with a top 10 pick told him "We're not going to let him get past us" in reference to the controversial Gregory, who has been expected to slide in the draft. Getlin said he has been told Gregory "may be the most talented player in the draft."
A few random tweets that might get your attention.
Keys to the #Giants draft hinge on two players: Leonard Williams (and where he is selected) and Vic Beasley. Do either slip?— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) April 30, 2015
6) The Giants and Rams are looking at the same kind of OL – A big road-grader – although Peat could be in play at 10 if Flowers goes at 9.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 30, 2015
Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 30, 2015
Dante Fowler, Jr. (and his $7,000 shoes) is the guy to watch tonight. As I said on @AmericasPregame , multiple teams could go big for him.— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) April 30, 2015
Look who is doing the SB Nation draft show. Yes, that's Geoff Schwartz