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Let’s catch up on a few 2017 NFL Draft notes from the past few days that could impact the New York Giants next month.

Garett Bolles out of Giants’ reach?

In the last two simulated mock drafts I did for the Giants I selected Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles for the Giants. A healthy number of other mock drafts also give Bolles to the Giants. In truth, if Bolles is still on the board at No. 23 I will be very surprised if the Giants let him pass by.

It seems increasingly likely, though, that Bolles won’t be there. After the NFL Combine there was an impression that Bolles might have pushed his way into the draft’s top 12 selections. That did not change this week at the Utah Pro Day. Here is Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst:

Garett Bolles stood on his combine numbers but participated in position drills and left no doubt he’s the premiere left tackle in the draft. The question is how early will he be selected? Most I spoke with say definitely top-20 while some feel top-12 is a possibility.

Giants check out Michigan defensive linemen

Giants’ defensive line coach Patrick Graham was at the Michigan Pro Day on Friday. Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley and Ryan Glasgow are all Michigan defensive linemen who could be on the Giants’ radar. Glasgow told media in attendance that he has met with the Giants. Pauline reported that the Giants met with Wormley.

Lamp, Willis on the rise

Two players who might fit the Giants, Western Kentucky offensive lineman Forrest Lamp and Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis, are rising up draft boards, per Pauline. He expects Lamp to be selected in the first round and Willis to last no longer than the early portion of Round 2.

Louis Riddick: Joe Mixon would be off his draft board

Former NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Louis Riddick said if he were making personnel decisions for an NFL team he would not draft Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who was seen on video camera punching a woman.

"If I'm a football team," ESPN NFL insider and former Eagles personnel executive Louis Riddick said of Mixon Thursday on 97.5 The Fanatic. "I'm staying away. At some point, you've got to draw the line with something, somewhere, as far as how you want your football team to be built and how you want it to be represented and how you want it to be identified.

"Ultimately, that's an ownership driven decision and I get that. [Eagles owner] Jeffrey Lurie and every other owner will decide whether or not they want Joe Mixon on their football team. Look, I'm a guy who has daughters and I'm a guy who has sisters. Let's put it that way. You can say all you want that Joe Mixon deserves a second chance and he probably does.

"I just wouldn't provide him a second chance if it were my football team, simply because the guy has value for me and he can help me win football games. You have to eventually draw the line on something. If you don't draw the line on something, you'll draw the line on nothing."

— “Kudos” to NJ Advance Media for the find.

Small-school DT on Giants’ radar

Coward is a 6-foot-6, 320-pound player from Brooklyn who compares himself to Damon Harrison.


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