Dante Fowler Jr. says he wants to be like Mike, as in NFL Hall of Fame and former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. As the 2015 NFL Draft approaches, though, it appears more and more certain Fowler won't get the chance to do that with the New York Giants.
After Thursday's Florida pro day, which was attended by every NFL team, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Fowler's performance solidified has status as a top five pick:
"Fowler is my No. 1 edge rusher," Mayock said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft." "Why? In today's NFL you have to do three things. One, rush the quarterback. Two, set a physical edge. And, three, drop into coverage. Fowler is the best at all three, in my opinion, in this draft.
"I will be stunned if he gets past pick No. 5. He's a top-five pick all day long."
"I'm a top-five pick," Fowler told Mayock in an interview after pro day. "I'm the No. 1 defensive player coming off the board. When I say that, I'm not just saying it to say that. I'm the No. 1 guy because I have all the tools. Two, I'm physically ready. Finally, I have the passion for the game."
If the Giants want a defensive end with the ninth pick, Fowler would make sense. He has the size at 261 pounds to play the traditional 4-3 defensive end. Almost certainly, though, Fowler won't be able to pursue his Strahan-esque dreams with the Giants.