14 NFL Draft Prospects Who New York Giants Will Interview At NFL Combine
14 NFL Prospects The Giants Will Interview At The Combine
The five-day event that is the NFL Combine allows each team to get an up-close look at each prospect and evaluate them under several different pretenses. The combine gives every team more tools to evaluate what each prospect brings to the table on the field, as the event tests each player’s raw physical attributes in a myriad of ways. The event also allows each team to gain a more educated opinion of what each prospect brings to the table off of the field. Each team is allowed 60 formal meetings with individual prospects that last 15 minutes each. The following is every player reported and confirmed to be meeting with the New York Giants so far, where the Giants might be looking to target them and what each player brings to the table.
It is important to keep in mind that these formal meetings don’t guarantee any specific level of interest that the Giants may have. At last year’s NFL Combine, the Giants met with Justin Pugh for a formal interview before eventually selecting him the first round two months later. However, there have been several Giants drafted in the past who did not have a formal interview with the team. If the Giants feel like they have an incomplete evaluation on a prospect from his work on and off the field, these interviews can fill in the blanks.
Of course, scheduling these interviews gives away information to other NFL teams who could be drafting right around the Giants’ draft slot. Therefore, if the team feels like they already have everything the need to know about a prospect, it is likely that they will not schedule an interview in order to hide their interest. The pre-draft process is a complicated one that is filled with plenty of misinformation coming from several different directions.
Because these interviews show some at least some level of interest, this of course means that you should be interested in taking note of these prospects and learning a little more about what they could bring to the Giants. The slideshow above includes every NFL Combine prospect interview that has been confirmed and reported thus far. 12 of the 14 reported interviewees are on the offensive side of the ball, if you were interested in knowing where the Giants’ focus seems to be when it comes to their roster needs.
Eric Ebron, North Carolina (Tight End)
Ebron possesses a rare size and speed combination that has led many to compare him to Vernon Davis. His combine confirmed the lofty expectations, as he ran a 4.60 40 time at over 250 pounds. Ebron fits the new breed of passing game weapons that might be appealing to first-year offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was formerly a tight ends coach.
Ebron is not making it outside of the first round of this draft and he will more than likely be a top-20 pick. If the Giants want him, they will have to get in the first round.
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (Tight End)
Amaro is more of a prototypical tight end at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds. In former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride's system, he was much more of a fit than Ebron could even be. Amaro’s game is more comparable to Jason Witten. He is a strong receiver underneath, but doesn't offer much after the catch.
Amaro is viewed as a fringe first-round pick that could last into the second round. If he is on the board when the Giants pick in the second round, don’t be surprised to hear Amaro’s name.
A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State (Tight End)
As time goes by leading up to the draft, Leonard will be best known for his blazing 40-yard dash times. He ran an unofficial 4.43 and an official 4.50 40 time, which ranked him best among all tight end prospects. At 252 pounds, he possesses a great size and speed combination, and can be a weapon in a role similar to Jordan Reed's on the Redskins.
Of course, off-field concerns are real with Leonard, who was kicked out of the University of Florida for a physical altercation he had with a female. The Giants likely used the interview to find out more about his character. If they’re sold, Leonard could be a fit in rounds four through six.
Mike Evans, Texas A&M (Wide Receiver)
A personal favorite of mine, you can find my full scouting report on Evans here. He possesses the size, toughness, football IQ and hands to be a franchise wide receiver in the NFL. Many have compared him to Vincent Jackson, but I believe he displays better acceleration and football smarts.
After a strong NFL Combine, Evans seems like a lock to go in the top 15. He could very well be the Giants’ first-round pick.
Marqise Lee, USC (Wide Receiver)
Lee had a down season in 2013 compared to the numbers he put up in 2012, but that can largely be attributed to the difference in his quarterback play. Many have compared Lee to Reggie Wayne, but he may lack the size and durability that Wayne possesses.
A year ago today, Lee looked like a lock to go in the top 15 whenever he declared for the draft. Opinions are now mixed on when he will be drafted, but there is only an outside chance he would be available when the Giants pick in round two. If the Giants are enamored with Lee, they will need to grab him in the first round.
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State (Running Back)
In my review of the position, Hyde is the clear-cut best running back prospect. He brings size to the table at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, and carries with him a punishing running style. What separates Hyde is his burst and acceleration, especially for a back of his size.
Hyde has an outside chance of slipping into the back-end of the first-round, but he is more likely to go in round two. The Giants will likely have to decide between need and talent if he’s still on the board at the time of their second-round pick.
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona (Running Back)
Carey is a very talented prospect who excels in catching the football, something the Giants have lacked from the running back position. However, Carey brings with him several off-field issues that are very troubling. It is likely the the Giants will use this interview to learn more about him as a person.
Predicting where Carey will be drafted is difficult, but the Giants would likely have to take him in the fourth round in a best-case scenario and third round in a worst-case scenario.
De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon (Running Back)
Thomas is an explosive running back who can break free for a long touchdown on any given play. His size is likely to limit him to a role on special teams with the upside of finding a team who will use him like Darren Sproles.
Size limitations are likely to render him a mid-to-late round draft pick. If the Giants are interested, they would consider drafting him in the fifth round or later.
David Yankey, Stanford (Guard)
David Yankey is widely regarded as the best overall guard prospect available. He is a big mauling-type guard who has the size to play tackle at any level and could eventually be moved there. He excels in run blocking.
Yankey is unlikely to be drafted by the Giants because of where they pick. It would be a stretch to draft him at their position in round one. Yankey is likely to be drafted in the late first round, several picks before the Giants are on the clock in round two.
Jack Mewhort, Ohio State (Tackle)
Jack Mewhort, at 6-foot-6 and 309 pounds, has the size to succeed at the next level. He also brings the necessary intangibles to the table that most successful prospects possess. His production at Ohio State left a lot to be desired, especially if you put on his game film against Khalil Mack.
Mewhort is likely to be a late-round draft pick. Depending on free agency and their previous picks up until that point, the Giants could look to draft him in the fifth or sixth round.
Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (Tackle)
Cyrus Kouandjio hurt his draft stock by performing poorly across the board in all of the combine drills. However, when you put on the game film, Kouandjio was one of the best pass-blocking tackles in college football. In most other aspects of his game, he is a raw talent that carries major upside.
His poor combine performance and concerns with his injury history are likely to drop him in the draft. Originally billed as a late first-rounder, Kouandjio has a great chance to be on the board when the Giants pick in round two.
Joel Bitonio, Nevada (Tackle)
Joel Bitonio's peers in the draft community have often described his play on the field as “nasty”. After playing at a small football school like Nevada, it is more difficult to determine how his game will translate to the professional level.
Some teams believe that Bitonio’s best position in the NFL will be guard. Teams who view him as a plus guard at the next level are likely to target him in the middle rounds. If the Giants are impressed, look out of Bitonio in the fourth round.
Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (Outside Linebacker/Defensive End)
Hubbard is a tall and lengthy edge rush prospect who measures in at 6-foot-6 and 257 pounds. He played outside linebacker in college, but some NFL teams believe that he can convert to defensive end in a 4-3 defense if he can add more bulk.
Hubbard is likely to go in the mid-to-late rounds and the Giants could target him sometime after the third round.
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (Cornerback)
Opinions on Gilbert are scattered in the draft community. While some believe him to be the best cornerback in the draft and a top overall prospect, others have concerns with his tackling and toughness. I personally have more than one cornerback graded ahead of him.
Gilbert’s draft stock will be directly tied to his combine as with most players at his position. If the Giants are interested, it will likely take one of their first two picks to get him depending on his 40-yard dash time.