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Pro Day wrap-up: Hargreaves impresses, unheralded defensive tackle gets Giants' attention

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Let's check in on where the Giants went, and who they were watching, in last week's Pro Days.

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The third week of Pro Days saw a few big schools mixed in with a couple intriguing small school prospects. The New York Giants have been characteristically quiet regarding the players they have met with, but it seems as though they've spread their scouting net wide.

But this week we know they were watching a top prospect cement his status and that they're intrigued

Monday, March 21st


Not many know the name Greg Milhouse, but the defensive tackle out of Campbell could be a player to keep an eye on as the draft gets closer. At 6 feet, 1 3/8 inches, and weighing in at 295 pounds, Milhouse is a bit undersized, but seems to be an impressive athlete. He timed in the 4.8's in the forty yard dash, jumped 33.5 inches and 9'3" in the vertical and broad jumps, and put up 26 reps on the bench press. Giants' scouts met with him after his workout, and the Giants have also scheduled to have him come in for a private workout.

Tuesday, March 22nd


All 32 teams were represented for the Gators' Pro Day, with Vernon Hargreaves III being the star attraction. Reports from those in attendance said that Hargreaves looked "phenomenal" in his position drills and likely cemented himself as a Top - 10 pick. Measuring at 5-foot-10½, 207 pounds, Hargreaves has everything teams look for in a corner except for length. The belief here is that he could find a home as a combination free safety and slot corner, but whether NFL teams share that belief is another matter entirely.

Safety Keanu Neal hasn't been getting much press, but reports have him standing out as well in his position drills. He isn't a speedster, running the forty in roughly 4.6 seconds, but his vertical, broad jump, 3-cone drill, and pro day short shuttle all landed in the top 10 at his position group.

Finally, defensive end Jonathan Bullard is an interesting prospect. He played defensive end for the Gators, and reportedly looked good at his positional workouts. However, there have been rumors that he has difficulty maintaining his weight in the 280s. If that's the case, and along with his power-based game, he could be best served by moving inside and being a 3-technique defensive tackle.

Louisiana Tech

Vernon Butler, the bulldog's big defensive tackle, has consistently flown just under the radar. His size and power instantly make people think of him as a nose tackle or 1-technique. However, he has surprising movement skills which also allow him to be a pass rushing threat from the inside, and at his Pro Day, he showed off some surprising lower body explosiveness with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9'3" broad jump. That's impressive when you consider that he weighed in at 327 pounds.

Running back Kenneth Dixon was generating some impressive buzz after a strong season and combine performance, with some rating him as the third running back in the class. He didn't get the chance to build on that Tuesday after he was slowed by a hamstring injury. He did show the natural hands as a receiver which are part of what scouts and coaches love about him.

Friday, March 25th


Much like Florida, all 32 teams were represented at the USC Trojans' Pro Day. From the Giants' perspective, the prospect to watch is likely linebacker Su'a Cravens. Cravens is undersized for an NFL linebacker, in fact he is built more like a safety, but he is a playmaker, notching 15 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles in 2015. Cravens turned disappointing 4.69 and 4.71 second forties, but he is impressively agile. His 6.92 -econd 3 - cone drill would have been second among linebackers at the Combine.