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Giants news, 4/23: Cautionary draft tales, best defensive player, more

New York Giants headlines for Friday

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Orr: The ‘cautionary tale’ for teams looking to draft RB's

Sports Illustrated ‘s Conor Orr is now pointing to Giants running back Saquon Barkley as an example of what not to do in the NFL draft.

“Saquon Barkley [being drafted No. 2 overall by the Giants in 2018] is probably going to be held up as the cautionary tale,” Orr told The DA Show on Monday. “If you’re Dave Gettleman, I understood why you did it, and maybe you get another 1,200 or 1,500-yard season out of him and it feels worthwhile. But, just look at the effort that is spent not only on that pick, but to rationalize the pick, and all the trade capital that went into getting other offensive linemen, through free agent money to get [veteran lineman] Nate Solder.

“You’re probably going to go offensive line again in this draft, just to make that pick work and to make it function, when there’s been running backs out there that have had better production than Saquon Barkley and will probably have better production than Saquon Barkley over this window. It’s just the nature of the position. And I think that might be the last [top pick for a running back]. And look at [Cowboys running back] Ezekiel Elliot — that contract is starting to look like a huge albatross for Dallas...”

Sadly, as much as I enjoy Barkley the player and know how well he represents the franchise, I can’t disagree.

NFL, NFLPA release results of annual helmet testing: Three previously approved models now prohibited

Helmet technology continues to advance, which is a good thing.

2021 NFL Draft: Best team fits for top wide receivers? Five analytics-based pairings

This model lists the giants as Jaylen Waddle’s best fit, giving him a projected win share of 0.69

Alignment versatility. That's what makes Waddle so enticing here, even with Kenny Golladay already added via free agency. Need him in the slot? Cool. Outside? Also cool. My model says his speed when open (i.e. no defenders are closer than 3 yards) is the fastest among all receivers in this draft class. An ankle injury limited Waddle's field time in 2020, but he was a nightmare to defend when active. According to Pro Football Focus, he only dropped one target on 29 catchable passes last season, while averaging 10.1 yards after the catch per reception, third-most in the FBS. This helped drive his 4.4 average when it came to receiving yards per route run (also the third-best FBS mark).

Mom’s ‘biggest blessing’ -

Some interesting reading here about Micah Parsons.

2021 NFL Draft Rumors: Is DeVonta Smith's weight hurting his draft stock?

Whether it should or not is one thing. Fact is, though, his weighing in at 166 pounds is going to turn off some teams.

Who is the best defensive player in the 2021 NFL Draft? | PFN

Micah Parsons? Patrick Surtain II? Someone else?

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