Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's get your day started with a look at the morning headlines.
Giants fans don't want Gregory
In our poll on Thursday, 83 percent (1,176) of 1,417 voters said the Giants should not consider Randy Gregory with the ninth overall pick after Gregory failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine.
It seems unlikely we will be seeing Gregory in a Giants' uniform next season. Several draft analysts contacted Thursday were unanimous in their belief that Gregory would not be a consideration for the Giants should he be available at No. 9. The off-the-field stuff is part of that, with the Giants having increasingly emphasized character. The other reality, though, is that Gregory is simply not seen as a scheme fit for the Giants. At 243 pounds he is too light to hold up as a 4-3 defensive end. Draft analysts don't see him as a 4-3 outside linebacker, either.
There are a couple of things you won't want to miss coming up today. 'Rap' will reveal the selection for the Giants in the Big Blue View community mock draft. Voting will also open in the finals of our Giants free agency bracket challenge.
We almost certainly know where Giants' GM Jerry Reese will be today. LSU will hold its Pro Day today, and with Reese's track record of consistently drafting players from there it would be a stunner if he isn't in attendance. The star attraction will be offensive tackle La'El Collins, who said he is "just trying to position myself to go as high as possible." Collins, of course, is a player who might not get past the Giants at No. 9.
Numberfire is trying to make the argument that Victor Cruz was in decline before his devastating knee injury. Numberfire uses its Net Expected Points stat, where Cruz's value dropped from third in the league in 2011 to 25th in 2013, and a decline in his catch rate from 62.88 percent in 2011 to 59.84 percent in 2013 to make that case. Post-knee surgery Cruz may never be the player he was in 2011, but I would argue his drop in production had less to do with his own ability than it did with the declining quality of the receivers and the offensive line he was playing with.
Wondering what the Giants' defense will look like in 2015? Pat Traina gives us some insight in an interview with former Giant middle linebacker Antonio Pierce.
Speaking of Pat, don't forget to give our latest podcast -- highlight by an interview with Giants' safety Nat Berhe -- a listen.