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Big Blue appears to be honing in on pass rushers

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"Mock drafts are still overwhelmingly giving Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to the New York Giants at No. 6 Womens Corey Ballentine Jersey , with Haskins being the choice in 80 percent of the most recent mocks listed in the SB Nation database. The winds, though, are blowing in another direction — toward the guys who terrorize the quarterbacks.ESPN’s Dianna Russini said Friday that the Giants are not interested in Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick.Russini said she was “pretty confident” the Giants will take a defensive player at No. 6.Pat Leonard of the Daily News wrote that “no matter how experts rank these QBs, there is near-universal agreement that the best player available at the Giants’ first pick will not be a quarterback.”With that in mind, Leonard wrote that the Giants selecting a quarterback at No. 6 “doesn’t add up.”I agree.A veteran scout told me the other day that I “better start boning up on d-lineman at No. 6.” Another told me it’s “still early, but pass rusher looks like the pick.”Since becoming Giants GM, Dave Gettleman has often said that you have to trust your evaluations and take the best player.“You cannot reach,” Gettleman said at the Combine. “I will say it until the cows come home, you can’t reach.”Gettleman proved he practices what he preaches when he took Saquon Barkley at No. 2 a year ago, despite the overwhelming belief that in the scouting community that a) he should have taken a quarterback in a class rich at that position and b) the positional value of a running back made taking one at No. 2 ill-advised.The strength of this year’s class is on the defensive line.“We all know that White Lawrence Taylor Jerseys ,” Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey said at the Combine.Gettleman is certainly among those who is aware. Here is what Gettleman said when asked about the draft’s pass rushers at the Combine:“This is a really strong draft for hogs on both sides of the ball. It’s obviously a very important need. You guys sat and watched us and saw our inability to close out games. We had three games the second half of the year we make stops we finish the season 7-1. A stop.”That need didn’t change just because the Giants signed edge defender Markus Golden. He is on a one-ear contract and had just 2.5 sacks a season ago. Golden is fired up to play for defensive coordinator James Bettcher and believes he is “on my way to getting back to where I was” when he had 12.5 sacks for Bettcher’s Arizona defense in 2017.Still, the Giants need more.If they want pass rush at No. 6, it will certainly be there. If both Haskins and Kyler Murray come off the board before the Giants pick, some combination of Quinnen Williams, Josh Allen, Devin White, Rashan Gary, Ed Oliver and Montez Sweat will be available. Even if only one QB is taken, some players from that group will be there.A second group of pass rusher, perhaps slightly less likely to go top 6 but still considered quality prospects Authentic Corey Ballentine Jersey , includes Brian Burns, Jeffrey Simmons and Clelin Ferrell.See all of our prospect profilesQuarterback at 17?Maybe.As I wrote on Friday I do not believe Giants decision-makers are unanimous in their support of any single quarterback in this draft class.That will make things interesting if Haskins somehow falls to 17 (unlikely), or if Missouri’s Drew Lock is there, which seems more plausible. Maybe even if Duke’s Daniel Jones is on the board.There is also, of course, the Josh Rosen factor to consider. Also the possibility that the guy the Giants really want is in the 2020 draft class.Other possibilities at 17?Doubling up on pass rush seems unlikely, but this is Gettleman and the unthinkable always seems thinkable. Offensive tackle, especially if they are unable to secure Mike Remmers or another veteran right tackle. Wide receiver could be in play. Defensive back seems less likely, but again this is the unpredictable Gettleman with the card in his hand.Anyway, that’s the direction this draft seems to be heading. Of course Lawrence Taylor Jerseys 2019 , with six weeks to go anything can happen. Jon Gruden’s former employer is complicating his current employment.Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that former Giants G.M. Jerry Reese declined an opportunity to interview for the vacant General Manager position in Oakland. Reese, per the report believes that the job isn’t a true G.M. job, because the G.M. in Oakland ultimately defers to the authority of Gruden.That meshes with comments made earlier this month by Raiders owner Mark Davis, who painted a pictured (deliberately or not) of a job that doesn’t entail final-say authority, which in turn prevents the Raiders from hiring someone currently under contract with another team, absent express permission which rarely is given when it doesn’t have to be.The Raiders and Gruden, who spent nine years at ESPN, have been reluctant to admit that Gruden runs the show in Oakland. But he does, even if he hopes to blur the lines so that someone else can be blamed for decisions that trace back to Gruden.Reese may have been influenced by the possibility that other G.M. jobs — real G.M. jobs — will open up, and that he’ll have a shot at landing one of those positions. If that doesn’t happen White Carl Banks Jerseys , he may feel differently about Oakland’s G.M.-in-name-only position.The Raiders will now have to move on to other candidates who currently aren’t employed by other teams, and candidates who are willing to be the G.M. while not actually being the G.M. Someone eventually will do it, but it could be that it’s someone fairly far down on the list.Meanwhile, the Raiders appear Monday night on ESPN, in what could be the final NFL game played in Oakland. Gruden may be doing a little grousing to the crew about a report that throws a wrench into his efforts to find someone to set the table and, if need be, eventually take the fall.

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