Cross to Giants buzz heating up
“ ... keep a close watch on the Giants and offensive tackle Charles Cross (Mississippi State). The buzz connecting these two has only continued to heat up as we near the draft. Cross met privately with the Giants recently — they own picks Nos. 5 and 7 — and there is a belief within their front office that he could be the answer at right tackle as a day one starter.”
Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network wrote that Cross is “the top offensive tackle on some boards around the league. “ Pauline expects Cross to be off the board no later than pick No. 6 to the Carolina Panthers. The Giants, of course, have picks No. 5 and No. 7.
Derek Stingley Jr. continuing to rise
LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., healthy and coming off an impressive Pro Day, is clearly in the top 10 conversation, Maybe even top 5. Miller says:
LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. continues to rise the closer we get to the draft. So high, in fact, that he lands in the top five in my upcoming seven-round mock draft (releasing Tuesday morning). Stingley’s physical ability is a given, but teams to whom I’ve spoken reference his interviews as going exceptionally well and his medical reports coming back clean.
While Stingley didn’t look himself in three games in 2021, as one source told me: “He can’t control an injury. We’re bought in that he’ll return to his previous form.”
The Athletic’s Diante Lee believes Stingley Jr. is a better NFL prospect than Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner. He writes:
Stingley checks every box: He’s adept at the line of scrimmage, can handle every route on the tree, trusts himself to play the throw and has the ball skills to do something when the ball arrives. I would like to see him play a little more aggressively at times, and his tackling is below the expectations I have for a player of his caliber, but there isn’t a receiver who will line up across from Stingley and believe any production will come easily.
McShay on Giants’ intentions
Here is ESPN’s todd McShay Monday on what he is hearing about the Giants.
Similar to the Jets, the Giants will be playing the if-then game to find the best combination of picks in the top 10. I expect the Giants to focus in on offensive tackle and edge rusher, and the team sandwiched between their pair of picks -- Carolina -- has a lot to do with how the Giants approach No. 5. The Panthers obviously need an offensive tackle, but they aren't expected to be part of the edge rusher fray, so I'm hearing New York could look to get its tackle of choice first before addressing the pass rush at No. 7. The only scenario that blows up that plan would be the Panthers trading out of No. 6 with a team looking to jump the Giants' No. 7 selection for an edge rusher
One name I'm hearing some buzz on for the Giants is Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross. I'm not sure where he ranks on the team's board or if he is even their No. 1 tackle, but there is a lot of talk about the Giants being enamored with his pass-protection skill set.
It's draft week, which means it's lying week, but there is a lot of chatter this morning about the Jaguars and Ikem Ekwonu.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 25, 2022
Could be that they like him a lot and might not draft him…but the buzz is definitely out there that he is in play at No. 1 overall.
The #Panthers are not expected to trade for #Browns QB Baker Mayfield prior to the first round of the NFL Draft, sources say, if they do it at all. Thursday has to play out first, before any other options are considered. Carolina picks No. 6.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2022
- ESPN’s Miller says “teams hoping to trade back in Round 1 won’t see a huge return on investment because there aren’t star quarterbacks in this class.”
- Pauline reported that Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton could fall between picks 15 and 20 in Round 1.
- CBS Sports names the Giants one of the teams most likely to trade down in Round 1.
- Here are a handful of potential Day 3 sleeper picks.
- Georgia edge Travon Walker is now the player most likely to be selected No. 1 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, per DraftKings Sportsbook.