The part of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine that those of us get to see won’t get started until 9 a.m. Friday morning, but the Combine itself is in full swing.
Prospects began arriving and going through the behind-the-scenes process of being measured, going through medical exams, and being interviewed on Tuesday. While measurements have been released as we get them, news has been somewhat slow trickling out. Thursday we got our first rumors involving the New York Giants, specifically the first known interviews.
Giants meet with RBs Saquon Barkley, other backs
The first major news of the Combine is that the Giants have scheduled official meetings with Nyheim Hines of North Carolina State and Saquon Barkley of Penn State. They has also already met with Ronald Jones II of USC.
Player interviews are beginning soon. Most notable interview we know of is the Giants plan on meeting with Penn State RB, Saquan Barkley Thursday night— DraftTek (@Drafttek) February 28, 2018
Saquon Barkley on playing alongside Odell Beckham and Eli Manning. pic.twitter.com/faab6sBQ9R— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) March 1, 2018
Ronald Jones said he had a formal meeting with the Giants.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) March 1, 2018
Barkley is one of the most highly regarded prospects in the draft, and is expected to put on a show come Friday’s on-field workouts. He is capable of contributing on all four downs as a running back, receiver, pass protector, and punt returner, racking up 4,301 yards and 45 touchdowns in the last two seasons.
RB Nyheim Miles said he has a meeting with the Giants.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) March 1, 2018
Pat Leonard of New York Daily News also confirms the scheduled interview with Hines.
Hines is a smallish running back who is a legitimate dual threat as a runner and receiver and a home run threat with sprinter’s speed. While Barkley is in the conversation as the second overall pick, Hines’ stock is (currently) considered to be somewhere around the fourth round.
The Giants have also reportedly met with other running backs at the Combine.
RB Rashad Penny, who I had as #Giants 3rd RD pick in my first mock draft, had a formal interview with team already— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) March 1, 2018
rB Kerryon Johnson met w Giants and Jets. Another guy who fits Shurmur’s gotta-catch mandate for the position.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) March 1, 2018
Meeting with the hog hollies
The Giants have also been busy meeting with offensive linemen and have quite a list.
Isaiah Wynn (OG, Georgia)
Scott Quessenberry (C/G, UCLA)
K.J. Malone (G, LSU)
Chukwuma Okorafor (OT, Western Michigan)
Tyrell Crosby (OT, Oregon) -informal-
Alex Cappa (OT, Humboldt State) -informal-
Austin Corbett (T/G, Nevada)
Brian Allen (C, Michigan State) - informal -
Will Hernandez (OG, UTEP)
Taylor Hearn (OG, Clemson) - informal -
Desmond Harrison (OT, West Georgia) - informal -
Connor Williams (OT, Texas)
The most notable is Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, who it turns out, is a Giants fan.
Quenton Nelson on growing up a Giants fan and the prospect of possibly coming home to play ... pic.twitter.com/yqnWl0xxc7— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) March 1, 2018
Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey says that he has “not yet” scheduled a meeting with the Giants.
There has been much anticipation regarding the quarterback weigh-ins, and we finally have those numbers:
Sam Darnold (USC)
Height: 6 feet, 3 3/8 inches
Weight: 221 pounds
Hand: 9 3/8 inches
Arm: 31 inches
Wingspan: 74 inches
Josh Rosen (UCLA)
Height: 6 feet, 4 inches
Weight: 226 pounds
Hand: 9 7/8 inches
Arm: 31 3⁄4 inches
Wingspan: 76 1⁄2 inches
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)
Height: 6 feet, 0 5/8 inches
Weight: 215 pounds
Hand: 9 1⁄4 inches
Arm: 30 1⁄4 inches
Wingspan: 73 3/8 inches
Lamar Jackson (Louisville)
Height: 6 feet 2 1⁄4 inches
Hand: 9 1⁄2 inches
Arm: 33 1/8
Wingspan: 77 5/8
Josh Allen (Wyoming)
Height: 6 feet, 4 7/8 inches
Weight: 237 pounds
Hand: 10 1/8 inches
Arm: 33 1⁄4 inches
Wingspan: 73 3/8 inches