In the wake of the cancellation of the NFL Scouting Combine, the focus has turned to college “pro days” for scouting for the 2021 NFL Draft. Here is a breakdown of Friday’s Pro Days.
Michigan is known for producing NFL talent. And there is a large class of prospects from the Wolverines who could be on the Giants radar.
One commonly projected to the Giants’ 11th pick is defensive lineman Kwity Paye. Paye checked in at 6-foot-4, 261 pounds on Friday and ran a blistering 4.54 40-yard dash.
Much like fellow Big 10 defensive end prospect Jayson Oweh, however, Paye’s production raises some questions. While 100 total tackles with 23.5 for a loss over four seasons is nothing to scoff at, his 11.5 sacks in that same time frame is not what you would expect from a top-15 player in the draft. He only had two sacks all of last season as well. He is certainly very talented and athletic, but would the Giants take the gamble at 11?
Interesting comps for Kwity Paye pic.twitter.com/0qGZGQ2Ux3— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 26, 2021
Another prospect to watch is tackle Jaylen Mayfield. At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, he has the prototype size for an NFL lineman and could be served well playing on the interior.
Wide receiver Nico Collins and cornerback Ambry Thomas are players who could interest the Giants on Day 2 or early on Day 3. Here is how they tested.
Pro Day Results @UMichFootball #GoBlue— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) March 26, 2021
Hand: 9 3/8
Arm: 34 1/8
Wing: 78 1/2
40: 4.42 (NFL Scout⏱)
4.37/4.39 (NFL Scout⏱)
For all Michigan results: https://michigan.rivals.com/news/pro-day-results-released-for-several-of-the-wolverines-in-action-today
Following the news of Caleb Farley’s surgery, the name to watch in Blacksburg is tackle Christian Darrisaw. At 6-foot-5, 313 pounds, Darrisaw has the physical components of an NFL tackle. Earning First Team All-ACC Honors in 2020, Darrisaw has showcased tremendous growth and looks to be a starting-level player on Day 1. In the same area as a guy like Rashawn Slater, Darrisaw could be an interesting option for a team in the mid-first round.
New York Giants expected staff to be at Virginia Tech Pro Day:— Hasty (@HastyHighlights) March 26, 2021
Chris Petit: Director Of Player Personnel
Pat Hanscomb: Area Scout#Giants #TogetherBlue #NewYorkGiants #NFL #VirginaTech pic.twitter.com/DIvrLZhpgC
Now, of course, the main draw at BYU today is QB Zach Wilson. Projected by some to go No. 2 overall to the Jets, Wilson won’t impact the Giants.
However, Wilson’s blindside protector Brady Christensen has been showing out today in front of the NFL (including the Giants).
Brady Christensen, BYU OT— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 26, 2021
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 302 lbs
Broad jump: 10'4"
PFF 1st Team All-American pic.twitter.com/UwTwEhA1Ra