The Giants should grab their heir apparent to Eli Manning. Manning is a shell of his former self, and New York would be making a terrible decision not to take a potential franchise quarterback when it has a chance. It is reasonable to assume that the Giants followed the Browns' lead and turned down the trade that the Colts took from the Jets. A team would only really turn down a package of picks that size if that was going to cost it a franchise quarterback. Then, the Giants traded away Jason Pierre-Paul. Actions speak louder than words, and I don't think the Giants would trade a good edge rusher if they were trying to reload and to try to win once more with Manning. To me, these actions say the Giants are going to take a quarterback and have him sit behind Manning for a year or two before taking over the offense. I think Dave Gettleman is a no-nonsense kind of guy and will be more comfortable with Darnold than Josh Rosen. Additionally, there has been a lot of media hype that Darnold is the Giants' preferred quarterback. <br> <br>
Darnold (6-3, 221) is an accurate passer without an elite skill set, but he has developed good anticipation, feel and timing. Darnold is a rhythm thrower who would fit best in a West Coast system to maximize his ability to throw accurately in the short to intermediate part of the field. He also can throw accurately on the run. Routinely, Darnold can use his feet to buy time while keeping his eyes downfield and delivering accurate passes while under pressure. In every game at USC, Darnold would make some impressive throws that were very rare for a college quarterback. <br> <br>
In 2017, Darnold completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He did have problems with interceptions and fumbles in his final collegiate season. A general manager, who scouted Darnold in person during 2017, told me that they like the "it factor" that Darnold displays. That general manager thinks there's nothing wrong with Darnold's throwing motion or arm strength, and that Darnold has some similarities to Philip Rivers. Darnold completed 67 percent of his passes in 2016 for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The Patriots have Malcolm Butler entering free agency and probably won't pay him considering the contract they gave Stephon Gilmore. <br> <br>
Marshall has 27 tackles with five passes broken up in 2017. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has good size and has played well for the Trojans over the past two seasons. As freshman, he totaled 67 tackles with nine breakups and three interceptions. In 2016, he made 51 tackles with eight breakups and three interceptions. With Adoree' Jackson in the NFL, Marshall should be the No. 1 corner who draws the best receivers as a junior. Team sources have said that Marshall has a first-round skill set.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/22): Caleb Brantley, DL </i>
The Falcons didn't address their pass rush in the early rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft despite a pathetic sack total in 2015. Thus, Atlanta will probably need more edge and interior rushers over the next couple of years. That will be especially true if Vic Beasley continues to disappoint. <br> <br>
Gustin (6-5, 260) made an impact as a freshman with 5.5 sacks and 25 tackles. Many believe he could explode as a sophomore and junior.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/22): Christian McCaffrey, RB </i>
The Redskins could use some young talent in the middle of their defense. <br> <br>
Smith totaled 78 tackles with one sack, three passes broken up and three interceptions as a freshman. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder has a lot of potential to develop.