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Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Senior Bowl Thursday Rumor MillUpdated Jan. 24, 2019
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
With all the general managers, coaches and scouts in attendance for the Senior Bowl, there is a lot of chatter going around. Here are some of the highlights from around the league on the fourth day of the 2019 Senior Bowl week.
Sweat (6-6, 252) entered the Senior Bowl as a prospect who some sources saw as a late first-round or early second-round candidate. Back at the East-West Shrine, other sources asked me if I thought Sweat would get to Round 2, and I said no. If he continues this caliber of play throughout the week of practice in Mobile, there will be no doubt that he ends up being a first-round pick.
Ferguson (6-4, 256) has some fans and skeptics in the scouting community, but a big week in Mobile could put him in the first-round conversation. Granderson (6-4, 246) is more of a second-day prospect but he could be helping himself to move up in Day 2.
Each member of this trio needs to add weight and strength for run defense in the NFL. All of them also would probably fit best in a 3-4 defense as outside linebackers. Opinions will vary, and some sources will prefer other players, but after the first day of practice, those were the three who some team sources believed had performed the best.
Sources say the issues with Fant are more along the lines of maturity. “There is some knuckle-headed-ness to him,” said one source. They also feel that Fant really needs to improve his blocking and hands. However, they feel that Fant can run well for his position, so despite those concerns, they think he could go in the No. 40-60 range of the second round.
The other veteran with an uncertain future with the Giants is Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins. Thet want him back, but at a price that they are comfortable with. Collins is expected to draw a lot of interest as a free agent and see big-money offers. Thus, the Giants aren’t sure that he will be back, as the bidding could surpass their comfort zone. Of course the team could use the franchise tag on him to ensure that he returns to New York next season. Right now, it sounds like Vernon could easily be let go and that Collins’ future with the Giants is up in the air.
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