Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's check in on your Thursday morning headlines.
Senior Bowl Updates: Remember the name Lynden Trail
Here is new name for those of you studying potential Giants draft picks to familiarize yourselves with.
New York Giants have taking a liking to Lynden Trail/Norfolk St...6' 6.5"/265lbs with 35-inch arms...fits teams mold of a pass rushing DE— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) January 21, 2015
The Giants, per Walter Football, met with Trail on Wednesday. Who is Trail? According to the draft reports I was able to find he is a raw pass rusher with intriguing physical tools and athleticism -- a guy with 'Jerry Reese type' written all over him.
Trail started his collegiate career at Florida before transferring to Norfolk State.
CBS Sports says this about Trail:
IN OUR VIEW: Trail is raw in some fundamental areas with his anticipation, hand use and point of attack power, but offers intriguing tools to develop and projects as an intriguing mid-to-late round investment.
We reported on Wednesday that the Giants had met with Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith during the Senior Bowl. Per NJ.com and Walter Football, here are some of the other players the Giants have met with:
WR Phillip Dorsett (Miami), WR Sammie Coates (Auburn), TE Clive Walford (Miami), S Jaquiski Tartt (Samford), CB Steven Nelson (Ohio State).
Mocking The Draft's Dan Kadar noted Wednesday that a pair of players who might interest the Giants -- Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton and LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins -- were among the most impressive on Day 2 of Senior Bowl practices.
Mariota or goodbye NFL for Chip Kelly?
We mentioned Wednesday that there is a lot of speculation that Philadelphia Eagles' coach Chip Kelly will try to trade up in the 2015 NFL Draft to get Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. At least one NFL source thinks it's Mariota or bye-bye NFL for Kelly:
"All these teams high in the draft are all going to see the same things on tape with Mariota, and I'll bet he starts to fall on draft day. Once that happens, (Philadelphia Eagles coach) Chip (Kelly) will mortgage the future to go get him. If he misses on him, (Kelly) can just bolt back to college." -- AFC scout.
Many Giants' fans have speculated about the possibility of the team chasing Ndamukong Suh if the All-Pro defensive tackle hits free agency. Here is a report from Walter Football on what it will likely take to get Suh, if he hits the market:
Staff with multiple teams and agents agree that if Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh hits free agency, he is going to land a massive contract that will go down in NFL history. Sources say that even though Suh doesn't deserve it, he will probably get a contract bigger than the Texans' J.J. Watt. Suh will have a number of teams with a huge amount of cap space targeting him, including the Raiders.
'DeflateGate' is the big story in the NFL these days, and it led the New York Times to find out what goes into the process of preparing game balls for Giants quarterback Eli Manning. It's an incredibly involved process and a fascinating read.
Bleacher Report's Pat Traina says the Giants need to target Miami inside linebacker Denzel Perryman in the upcoming draft.