Being an NFL executive, scout or coach isn’t an easy job despite what you might have heard. The NFL Draft has become a show of sorts; a traveling carnival that introduces the league’s newest faces, but there’s a ton of behind-the-scenes work that transpires before hand that goes into building and maintaining a team’s roster.
One of those chores is convening at the NFL Combine to get an up close look at the draft -eligible players, what New York Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman coined “the underwear Olympics.”
Another is attending pro days, the events colleges hold for NFL personnel people to provide them with a more comprehensive view of those players and others who either weren’t invited to the Combine or couldn’t participate for one reason or another.
The pro days begin this week and the Giants will be among the throngs in attendance.
The Arizona Cardinals are projected by many to select Murray with the first overall selection, so this may be a moot visit if the Giants are there to eyeball him. Murray attended the Combine but did not participate in any of the drills. This will be the first time his wares will be on display.
The Giants will likely be focusing on the other players the Sooners have to offer in this draft: wide receiver Marquise Brown, offensive lineman Cody Ford and tackles Dru Samia and Bobby Evans.
Some of the other pro days of interest are Clemson (March 14), Michigan (March 15), Ohio State (March 20), Alabama (March 19) and LSU (March 22).
The Giants have the sixth overall selection in the upcoming draft and there several players they are said to be zeroing in on: LSU linebacker Devin White, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams among others.