March 11th has been a busy day for NFL pro-days, with high-round draft picks from powerhouse schools strutting their stuff. With Alabama, USC, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Louisville, and Rutgers hosting workouts, scouting departments were sure to be stretched thin.
While reports of Minnesota Vikings representatives have cropped up at almost every workout, reports of New York Giants representatives have been few and far between. However, they made a couple appearances today.
Representatives of the New York Giants were seen talking to tight end Tyler Kroft. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end suffered an ankle injury that kept him from participating at the combine. He reportedly is still recovering, but ran a respectable 40 time in the mid 4.6's. More impressive were his 7.12s 3-cone drill and 4.2s short shuttle. Those two times would have been the top performances at the combine.
With the Giants so far not having re-signed, Kroft could be an option to go with Larry Donnell and Adrian Robinson.
The Trojans boast probably the best player in the 2015 draft in Leonard Williams. Williams reportedly drew major interest from the Tennessee Titans, and looked dominant in his drills.
They also have the dubious honor of having one of the most intriguing prospects in defensive back Josh Shaw. NFL teams are trying to get a handle on Shaw's football character after a bizarre incident that led to his suspension. The Giants met with Shaw at the East West Shrine game, and he spoke with all 32 teams at USC's pro day. Shaw was a captain and regarded as a very high character player. The Giants -- and 31 other teams -- are likely trying to figure out exactly who he is.
This, of course, is one of the most anticipated pro days on the calender. With top prospects Amari Cooper and Landon Collins, as well as a number of other players that teams will want to get a good look at, this pro day was always going to draw a crowd. But what makes the Alabama Pro Day so interesting for us, is that it gives us our first Jerry Reese sighting.
Reese was on hand last year at LSU's pro day specifically to watch Odell Beckham Jr. And while it isn't uncommon for him to attend pro days, Reese's presence at the workout of a dynamic playmaker who could fill a need on the Giants' roster certainly raises eyebrows. It also bears mentioning that the Giants met with both Amari Cooper and his quarterback Blake Sims at the scouting combine.
Cooper stood on his combine numbers and reportedly -- as expected -- had an excellent positional workout. He only had one drop on a poorly thrown ball.
Also of potential interest to the Giants is Landon Collins. Collins is listed as a safety, but at 6-1, 225 pounds, he is only slightly smaller than the linebackers the Giants have signed in free agency. He is a very strong box defender and a good coverage player underneath. Also like the linebackers the Giants have recently brought in, he is a very good special teams player. He doesn't fit as the free safety the Giants need, but he could be on their radar. Like Cooper, Collins stood on his strong combine numbers, but his positional workout was reported to merely be "good", but not exceptional.