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/>Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBig Blue Viewa New York Giants communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryGiantsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants video station. Eagles 2015 Youth Odell Beckham Jerseys , Week 17Filed under:2019 NFL DraftMississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat checks a lot of “Giants” boxesNew,43commentsSweat might just be scratching the surface of his potentialEDTShareTweetShareShareMississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat checks a lot of “Giants” boxesJohn David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Giants like long, explosive athletes rushing the passer for their defense. While many other things have changed over the last year and a half, that much has not. And with the team all but hanging a “Help Wanted” sign outside of their defensive meeting room, it would be a surprise if they did not find at least one pass rusher in the upcoming draft. And considering that this is an incredibly deep and diverse draft for pass rushers, and defensive linemen in general, it would be a stunning development if the Giants came out of the draft without acquiring a pass rusher. Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat checks almost all of the Giants’ boxes when it comes to selecting a pass rusher, with elite athleticism, prototypical size and length, and good college production to his name. After dominating Senior Bowl practices -- which the Giants weight heavily -- and the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine (as did Saquon Barkley and Lorenzo Carter, as well as B.J. Hill, in his own way), Sweat might be a favorite for the Giants in the first round of this year’s draft. It would be a good idea to be familiar with him. MeasurablesProsLegitimately rare blend of height, weight, and speed. Tested out as a truly freakish athlete.Uses his length and burst well to beat blockers and keep them from locking in.Blends power and speed moves in his pass rush. Rangy and dogged in pursuit of plays.Sets a firm edge in the run game.Shows good discipline and patience as a rusher. Doesn’t run himself out of plays.ConsDoesn’t have a great feel for clogging passing lanes.Diagnosed with an undisclosed heart condition. Almost always in a three-point stance.Was kicked out of Michigan State for a “violation of team rules”Prospect VideoWhat They’re Saying “Some will see Sweat as a leggy edge prospect with average play strength and a lack of refinement in his pass rush. I see a talent, similar to Danielle Hunter out of LSU, with above-average length and a prospect who should continue to grow into his frame, allowing him to unleash his rush flashes into a consistent attack. His transition as an NFL rusher will take some time, but like Hunter, he should come out on the other side as a good, impact starter as an every-down edge defender.” - Lace Zierlein (NFL.com - Scouting Report) Does He Fit The Giants?Yes. Montez Sweat is an almost prototypical EDGE prospect, with length, speed, power Odell Beckham Jerseys Stitched , agility, technique, and production. Sweat is probably the most freakish athlete in this draft, and might be the best athlete in the NFL when he is drafted, but his game is enhanced by his athleticism, not predicated on it. He comes out as a solid technician who uses his tools well to create space from blockers and beat them, rather than just “Out Athlete-ing” them. His rushes are usually disciplined, keeping aware of play-fakes, and playing contain on his way to the quarterback. And getting to the quarterback was something he did often. Since arriving at Mississippi State, Sweat was consistently productive, getting 101 tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, and 22.5 sacks (divided almost evenly in his two seasons there).As Stephen White concluded in his own (more... colorful) profile of Sweat, if you were to draw up a prototypical NFL edge defender, he would look an awful lot like Montez Sweat. The biggest concern, at least for the public at large, with Sweat is a perceived inability to bend the edge as a pass rusher. And while his long legs and height do lend that some credence -- all athletes have to obey physics, regardless of how physically talented they are -- it has more to do with how Mississippi State used him. Sweat spent most of his snaps in college at the 4 or 5-technique positions, and only rarely at the wider 7 or 9-technique spots. While playing head-up on offensive tackles let Sweat use his length and strength to control blockers, it didn’t put him in great position to allow him to show off his bend around the edge. But when he was lined up more widely, Sweat showed solid bend around the edge attacking the C-gap, such as in this sack against Auburn.For the Giants in particular, Sweat is a bit of a projection because he played 97 percent of his snaps in a 3-point stance (per Sports Info Solutions), and was rarely rushing out of a two-point stance. But while the Giants are nominally a 3-4 defense and Sweat’s position in a base package would be outside linebacker Color Rush Ryan Connelly Jersey , he would likely spend most of his time with his hand in the dirt as the Giants spent most of their time in four-man front nickel packages. Sweat doesn’t have any athletic limitations for playing from a two point stance -- his movement skills grade out as better than average for linebackers despite being a couple inches and 20 pounds bigger than most linebackers -- and it should just be a matter of coaching. Sweat isn’t comfortable dropping into coverage, but whichever team drafts him would be insane to have him do anything other than go downhill on just about every snap.The only real concerns for Sweat come off the field. The first is the fact that he was kicked out of Michigan State for violating team rules after stealing a bicycle and allegedly being caught with marijuana (according to former teammate Craig Evans, who was dismissed at the same time for team violations). Sweat seems to have matured in the years since, and isn’t hiding anything about his past, but NFL teams will want to do their due diligence. The larger concern is a heart condition which had the doctors at the NFL scouting combine take a thorough look. Sweat’s condition was, apparently known since college (though not by the public at large) and he was cleared to play in the SEC as well as to participate in the Senior Bowl and in the Combine. For his privacy, details have been kept out of the public eye, but teams will have to judge for themselves what the risk is, and whether it is palatable. Without expert access to his medical records or private detectives to dig in to his character and past, we can only judge Sweat by what the player we see on the field.Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported shortly before the draft that Sweat saw a specialist and the specialist believes Sweat was misdiagnosed at the Combine. And as a player on the field, Sweat profiles as a faster, more explosive, more agile, and more productive version of Jadeveon Clowney. That is a player in whom the Giants have to be interested. Kentucky tight end went undrafted after heart ailment scare" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBig Blue Viewa New York Giants communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryGiantsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants video station. Eagles 2015, Week 17Filed under:New York Giants NewsGiants’ 90-man roster: In C.J. Conrad, did Giants find the next Jason Witten?New,50commentsKentucky tight end went undrafted after heart ailment scareEDTShareTweetShareShareGiants’ 90-man roster: In C.J. Conrad, did Giants find the next Jason Witten?C.J. ConradPhoto by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesJason Witten.The future Hall of Fame tight end terrorized the New York Giants for 15 seasons as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, until retiring before the 2018 season. He is returning after a year away and even at the age of 37 we will probably learn that the Giants still can’t cover him.Why am I resurrecting the Witten nightmare?Because University of Kentucky tight ends coach Vince Marrow believes the Giants might have stumbled upon a way to turn the tables when they signed ex-Wildcats tight end C.J. Conrad as an undrafted free agent.“I always say C.J. reminds of Jason Witten,” Marrow said when I asked him for a comparison during a recent phone conversation. “You got one of the best players I think at that position coming out of college, but you got an even better person.”Let’s learn more about Conrad as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp this summer.The basicsHeight: 6-foot-4Weight: 248Age: 23Position: Tight endExperience: 0How he got hereMarrow said that “for sure” Conrad should have heard his name called somewhere in the first five rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. There were eight tight ends taken in the first three rounds, and Marrow said he believes Conrad was one of the seven best tight ends in the draft class.“I think the Giants got a steal in getting this kid as a free agent, I really do. I think he’s a guy who’s going to play 8-10 years in the league. He’s exactly what you want in a tight end. He’s a good inline blocker, very good athlete Youth Ryan Connelly Jersey ,” Marrow said. “I look at some of the guys that got drafted and you look at his film and watch where he played and look at some of the guys that he blocked in this league and you tell me he wasn’t better than half of those guys that got drafted? You’ve gotta be kidding me.”So, what happened? In Marrow’s words, it was “that crap” about his heart that came up at the NFL Scouting Combine.Conrad was diagnosed with a heart ailment during his pre-Combine physical in Indianapolis. He was sent home and told to stop working out. Weeks later, a second opinion from doctors in Boston gave him the green light to return, saying the issue was only an enlarged pulmonary artery that required annual observation.That was good news, but the setback was enough to keep him from hearing his name called during the draft.“This heart thing, it kinda scared people off which was kinda messed up,” Marrow said. “I just think that information that came out I think it hurt him. I know it hurt him.”Conrad played in 35 games with a modest 80 catches at Kentucky. As a junior, he averaged 17.9 yards on 16 receptions. As a senior, he caught 30 passes, three for touchdowns, and averaged 10.6 yards per catch.Marrow said that Conrad “sacrificed a lot” in terms of personal statistics to help the Wildcats’ young offensive line.“He was very productive for us. He could have caught 50-60 balls a year if that’s what we wanted him to do. We had a young line and C.J. was such a good blocker and a good pass pro blocker that he sacrificed his own personal gain for the team.“But I know what a tight end looks like and I know what the NFL looks for and he is every bit of what the NFL looks for in a tight end. A guy that can play the Y. He can play the F. He’s a good inline blocker, he can block the 6 technique, the 7. He can trade down on the 5, the 4, you know, the big guys, and get to that second level to the ‘backer.“I played in the league myself [from 1992-95] and I watch tight ends. The hardest part is finding that complete tight end. I believe C.J. was one of the top five, six tight ends in the country that was complete.”‘An even better person’Let’s take a minute to highlight a couple of the things Marrow told me about Conrad.Marrow gave me all the standard “very smart player,” and “student of the game” and “comes in early during the week with a full school load and will put in extra time watching film” quotes that are typical of coaches promoting their players.There is, however, more.“Great kid,” Marrow said. “Will be a great person off the field for the Giants.”He pointed out that Conrad would spend part of his Tuesday off days during football season visiting children with cancer at a local hospital, that he compiled a 3.4 GPA in communications and that he Womens Ryan Connelly Jersey , along with Giants’ sixth-round pick George Asafo-Adjei, were two of the players who “changed the culture” at Kentucky.“You aren’t going to get a better person,” Marrow said. “Most coaches don’t want their daughters to be around the facility or be around players. If any of my daughters came home and said they wanted to marry C.J. I’d be doing backflips. I’d know she was going to have a good husband.”2019 outlook Perhaps Conrad was supposed to be a Giant all along.Conrad was part of an East-West Shrine Game team where Giants tight ends coach Lunda Wells was working with offensive linemen. He and Conrad got to know each other there.“I like Conrad,” Wells said during a spring media availability. “He’s tough. He’s smart. He can learn. He’s not a blazer, but he’s instinctive in the pass game. “It didn’t take a long time to figure out that this guy is very determined about being a really good player and I like that about him. He takes coaching very well. I really like that kid from what we saw over the three-day rookie minicamp.”The Giants have Evan Engram as their primary tight end. While the Giants used him inline on 243 of 475 offensive snaps (51.2 percent) in 2018 we know that Engram is not a blocker, that he has a skill set and body type that screams to be used detached from the line of scrimmage.Filling the traditional tight end roles for the Giants last season were veterans Rhett Ellison and Scott Simonson. Competing for jobs are second-year man Garrett Dickerson and undrafted free agent Eric Dungey, a hybrid tight end/quarterback.Maybe Conrad doesn’t make it at all. Maybe he just proves to be Simonson, or an upgrade from Simonson, who had nine catches for the Giants last season and now has 10 in 34 NFL games.Maybe Conrad turns out to be Ellison, a 30-year-old seven-year veteran who had career-best years of 24 and 25 receptions for the Giants in 2017 and 2018. The thing about Ellison is while he’s a nice player that’s not a lot of production for a guy carrying a $5.75 million cap hit this year and a $6.25 million cap hit for 2020.Maybe, though, just maybe Marrow is right. Maybe, and this is jumping way ahead, Conrad turns out to be Witten. Or a reasonable facsimile.The Giants gave Conrad a $10K signing bonus and $40K guaranteed to sign as a priority free agent, and to Marrow that indicates “they saw something” in his play at Kentucky.“Here’s what I know. You can’t hide talent. I’m hearing out of that camp already that they’ve been very pleased with C.J. just from the people we know there,” Marrow said. “I really believe the Giants are going to see what they’ve got in the kid. The kid is real tough. C.J.’s going to play hurt. He just, to me, is everything that you want.“I know this. That tight end coach is going to come to like him. That o-line coach is going to like him and the coordinator’s going to like him because when you really see what he can do, and I think he’s just showing a little glimpse of it right now. I’m telling you this is no talk, I think the Giants really got a bargain in getting this kid as a free agent.”

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