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The draft process rolls on.

It is very nearly done, with just 15 days (and a few hours) remaining until the draft opens on April 25th. But until then, the process rcontinues. We are being inundated with mock drafts, rumors, and gossip on a daily basis, but right now teams are in the final stages of setting their draft boards, and we aren’t privy to that information.

We do, however, get to find out which prospects the Giants are bringing in for their official Top 30 visits — which makes up the bulk of the concrete information we get at this point in the calendar. Teams can continue to host prospects until April 17th.

The Giants have been bringing in some of the top prospects in the draft, and are clearly focusing on the defensive side of the ball.

Visits of note

Ed Oliver and Clelin Ferrell

Ed Oliver slipped down draft boards for a minute after declining to do more than jump at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. However, once he took the field he reminded everyone just what kind of athlete — and potential game wrecker — he is.

Ferrell would probably be regarded as the top edge prospect in almost any other draft. The fact that he is generally considered a second tier prospect has much more to do with the caliber of players available this year than any deficiency in Ferrell’s game. He is a well-rounded, disruptive, and dependable EDGE who would be a very solid pick for the Giants at 17th overall if they don’t choose an EDGE with the sixth overall pick — provided he lasts that long.

Devin Bush

Two-day visits are somewhat rare, and this could be a sign that the Giants have real interest in Bush. He was the most athletic linebacker in the draft class, and while a touch undersized, is a factor on nearly every play. Also interestingly, he shares a number of traits (including size and athleticism) with Shaq Thompson, the only (off-ball) linebacker Dave Gettleman has drafted in the first four rounds of any draft.

Ed selected LSU’s Devin White at sixth overall in the SBN Blogger Mock Draft, but Devin Bush might be on the Giants’ radar at 17th overall if he lasts that long.

Nick Bosa (EDGE, Ohio State)

We already knew that the Giants would be hosting Bosa for a visit, but it is news that the New York Jets will NOT be hosting him. They might have already seen enough to know that they will select him if available or don’t believe that he will fall past the San Francisco 49ers. They could also be seriously looking at trade scenarios. Either way, it is an interesting development

Quinnen Williams (iDL, Alabama)

The Giants have to do their due diligence and prepare for any eventuality in the draft. The dream scenario would be for Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams to somehow, some way, slip out of the top five and to the Giants at sixth overall. There are scenarios where it could happen, and they aren’t all that wild, but it would still be an almost unbelievable development for the Giants if the best defensive player in a great defensive draft were to slide to them.

Rashan Gary (DL, Michigan)

Gary is going to be a polarizing player. He looks the part of a potentially dominant EDGE with an elite blend of size and athleticism and a powerhouse school pedigree. However, he just never played or produced up to his potential at Michigan. His physical traits are going to force teams to look at him and ask both why he never dominated as he should have, and whether they would be able to develop him.

Greg Little (OT, Mississippi)

The Giants have also expressed interest in some offensive players, and we previously mentioned that they have brought in several quarterback prospects. Now they are showing interest in a pair of players from Ole Miss.

First up is offensive tackle Greg Little. Little looks the part with a big frame and long arms, which will appeal to Dave Gettleman. But while he passes the eye test, his play on the field leaves something to be desired.

A.J. Brown (WR, Mississippi)

The Giants bringing in the wide receiver out of Ole Miss was reported by ... Well, the receiver himself. He posted pictures of himself in Giants gear in a story on his Instagram, as well as a shoutout to a former teammate turned Giant, Evan Engram.

The Giants could certainly use help in their receiving room, and while Brown isn’t quite the physical freak that teammate D.K. Metcalf is (or Engram, for that matter), he is a very good receiver with the frame and ability to line up out wide or in the slot.

Podcast

Dan and I talk more about the Giants official Top 30 visits in the latest edition of the Big Blue Big Board podcast. We pay particular attention to the potential of Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver to be the best player available and the Giants’ pick at sixth overall.

After the break we tackle some draft questions we have received over the last week, including:

  • Whether or not Notre Dame receiver Myles Boykin is an option for the Giants if they want to add a big receiver.
  • Which mid to late-round prospects could help the Giants’ defense.
  • Where Bradley Chubb, 2018’s top EDGE prospect, would rank in this year’s EDGE class.

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