The NFL Combine, what do with the No. 2 pick in the draft, the free agency rumor mill and more are topics in this week’s “Friday Five” with Pat Traina. Let’s get to it. Be sure to stop over at Inside Football for my answers to these questions.
Question: What are your biggest takeaways from the combine so far?
Pat Says: My biggest takeaway is that they’re coming into this process with an open mind. They know what they want in certain position units, but they’re not coming in with any preconceived notions about, “Oh, we have to take a quarterback at No. 2.” Gettleman said they weren’t going to be “hungry shoppers” when it came to the draft, and I think that’s a solid approach. The last thing you want to do is panic and then use a high pick on a player who ends up not being the right fit for your team.
Question: Do you buy Dave Gettleman’s statement that they’ve come to the combine not knowing what they’re going to do with the No. 2 pick?
Pat Says: Absolutely. How could any team know right now who they’re going to draft in the first round until they do more diligence on the player? The combine is just one piece of the puzzle.
Question: What, if anything, has surprised you about the news to come from the combine?
Pat Says: Other than Orlando Brown’s 14 bench press reps, nothing has really jumped out at me as being surprising.
Question: In non-combine news, the free agency rumor mill has begun to spin. What of the few whispers, has caught your attention?
Pat Says: Probably the whisper about Orleans Darkwa drawing interest from the Jets, first reported by our mutual friend Connor Hughes of NJ Advance Media. I’ve been told that it’s “unlikely” that Darkwa returns, that they are interested in upgrading the position. Does that mean they have their sights set on Saquon Barkley or another back from this deep class, or will they go the veteran route? If it were up to me, I’d go Barkley and not think twice about it.
Question: Give me your prediction regarding the quarterback spot. Do they draft one this year or do they stick with Davis Webb?
Pat Says: This is a tough call. I get the impression they like Webb and will stand by him, but can you realistically go into 2018 with him and perhaps a rookie who have combined for zero NFL snaps? You can’t assume that Eli Manning is going to continue his iron man streak. With that said, I’m not sure if there is a quarterback in this class that they’re in love with ass of yet, though again, it’s still early.