The 2019 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama is where all 32 NFL teams will send their scouts and executives this week in hopes of getting a clearer picture of this year’s draft class.
The New York Giants, holders of the sixth-overall selection in April’s NFL Draft, along with a possible 10 other picks, are there in full force along with the rest of the league.
What they’ll be looking at, you might ask? Everything and everybody. With a roster that could use upgrades at just about every position except No. 1 running back and No. 1 wide receiver, they’ll be plenty for general manager Dave Gettleman and his staff to pore over.
Many would love the Giants to take a quarterback in the first round, but which one? Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins has been mocked to the Giants by many a draftnik, is not in this game as it’s for seniors and Haskins is an underclassman.
Haskins will be available in the draft, however, but there are others in this game that could tickle their fancy. Keep in mind that the Giants drafted the MVP of last year’s Senior Bowl, Kyle Lauletta of Richmond, in the fourth round, so a breakthrough performance this week can carry a player a long way.
The sixth pick in the NFL Draft has to be player that can walk right out on the field for the team that selects him and play at Pro Bowl level. In 2017, the New York Jets selected safety Jamal Adams at No. 6. Last year, guard Quenton Nelson was taken sixth over all by the Indianapolis Colts. Both are currently in Orlando this week representing their teams at the Pro Bowl.
Who could that player be for the Giants this year and is he even in this game?
Quarterbacks are aplenty this week with Daniel Jones of Duke, Jason Stidham of Auburn, Will Grier of West Virginia and Drew Lock of Missouri some of the more well-known names in the game, but are any worth that sixth pick?
Giant fans would love to see add an offensive lineman to two — preferably at tackle — in this draft will be keeping an eye on the big men come this weekend. Unfortunately, many of the offensive linemen in this game are not being graded as high as Nelson was last year.
Many of the top offensive and defensive line prospects are either underclassmen and not playing in this game, or are skipping it to avoid injury before the draft.
Here’s a few of the players playing in the game the Giants could be focusing on.
Montez Sweat of Mississippi State is gaining a lot of steam this week. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound edge rusher has stood out in practice with his power, speed and sheer pass rushing dominance. The Giants could use a player such as Sweat, but let’s see how he fares when the snaps are for real.