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‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast: Draft analyst Matt Waldman assesses the receivers, tight ends

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We find out where the value in this class is at those positions

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At some point in the 2019 NFL Draft the New York Giants figure to add to their receiving corps, perhaps both at wide receiver and tight end. On the latest ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast, we turned to Matt Waldman of The Rookie Scouting Portfolio to help us break down the options.

  • On Sterling Shepard getting a long-term deal: “I think it shows they’re looking for someone they want to build this receiving corps around and they feel like he’s the type of worker, the type of route runner, the consistency factor in his game is good enough that you want to lock him up for a while. And I get that.”
  • On the outside the box possibility of selecting tight end T.J. Hockenson of Iowa at No. 6: “I think it’s definitely something you have to look into because he is that good of a player. He can start right away for a team because he is that good of a blocker. You can use him on the wing, you can use him inline against defensive ends and outside linebackers. You can use him as a fullback. You can split him in the slot or outside, and he can do it all.”
  • On value at No. 17: Waldman is high on Iowa State’s 6-foot-5, 227-pound Hakeem Butler, saying: “I think Hakeem Butler would be an amazing pick for the Giants if he slips that far, and he probably will.”
  • On value at 37: Tight end Irv Smith and wide receive N’Keal Harry would be value choices.
  • Waldman has an interesting prediction for a player the Giants might be interested in late in the draft.

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