Good morning, New York Giants fans! Missed this on Friday while busy recording multiple podcasts with Pat Traina (Bleacher Report/Inside Football) and cranking out other Giants content, but the Giants reportedly called Dante Fowler Jr., possibly the top 4-3 defensive end in the 2015 NFL Draft class, on Thursday night.
Fowler is not expected to be available when the Giants pick at No. 9 on Thursday night, so what does this mean? Is it an indication the Giants would consider trading up from the ninth spot for Fowler? GM Jerry Reese has not done that in Round 1 before, but indicated Thursday he would in the right situation. Is it a smokescreen, simply meant to throw other teams off the trail of what the Giants would really like to do? Is it simply an indication the Giants are interested in Fowler and want to know as much as possible about him in the event he slides to them at nine?
It is hard to know what to believe when it comes to NFL Draft rumors at this time of year. Everyone has their own thoughts on which offensive lineman the Giants prefer, and whether they would take an offensive lineman at all with the ninth pick. What does it mean that wide receiver Amari Cooper visited with the Giants? Is there any merit to the speculation that the Giants are "in play" for Georgia running back Todd Gurley?
You get a different answer to these questions depending on which draft analyst you reach out to, not to mention who you happen to believe. The only real answers will come beginning on Thursday night.
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