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MMQB: Draft heavy on defensive talent; Malik Jackson a Giant? More notes

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Stop the presses! Peter King has Giants-related items in his column this week.

Noah Spence rushes the passer during a Senior Bowl practice
Noah Spence rushes the passer during a Senior Bowl practice
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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.

Other Notes

  • 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.