Sometimes, you can go for weeks without reading anything in Peter King's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column that relates to the New York Giants. Thus, this week's column, with several Giants-related mentions, is a bonanza for Big Blue faithful.
King & Mike Mayock talk NFL Draft
With the NFL Scouting Combine this week the two heavyweights sat down for a chat about this year's draft class. Oft interest to the Giants:
- Mayock believes this is a defense-heavy draft and that 19 of the 31 first-round picks could be defensive players. Mayock believes as many as a dozen interior defensive linemen could end up with first-round grades.
- Mayock believes that Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence, often mocked to the Giants, is "One of the most talented kids in the draft," but also a player teams need to investigate carefully.
- Want a player whose stock is rising? Mayock says that would be Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, whom he calls "one of the great three-technique prospects in the draft this year."
- Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib, brother of Giants' backup QB Ryan Nassib, might be the most interesting player at the Combine, per Mayock.
- King said he believes Denver defensive tackle Malik Jackson will go to the highest bidder on the open market, and lists the Giants as one of two teams -- the Atlanta Falcons being the other -- that might pony up as much as $12 million annually for Jackson.
- King puts the odds at 55-45 that Tom Coughlin will be an NFL head coach in 2017.