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NFL Notes: Giants, Jets, Redskins

Giants

Jordan Raanan of ESPN offered his best guess at ranking some potential draft targets for the Giants. His list consists of:

  1. Alabama TE O.J. Howard
  2. Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
  3. Alabama OT Cam Robinson
  4. Florida LB Jarrad Davis
  5. Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham
  6. Michigan DE Taco Charlton
  • According to Raanan, Howard is clearly atop the team’s draft board and well-regarded for his ability to block, run and catch passes.
  • Raanan adds that the Giants are also high on McCaffrey while Robinson is considered to be the best offensive lineman in this year’s draft.
  • In regards to Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon, Raanan says there’s no way the Giants are drafting him after the Josh Brown situation last year.
  • Raanan considers Michigan State DT Malik McDowell and FSU RB Dalvin Cook to be unlikely first-round picks for the Giants as well.
  • Raanan expects the Giants to add one or more offensive tackles in the draft and free agency in the next month or so.
  • However, he still expects Ereck Flowers to be the favorite to start at left tackle, even though he won’t be guaranteed a starting job.
  • According to Raanan, the chances of free agent DT Johnathan Hankins returning to the Giants are around 60 percent or so.

Jets

  • While the Jets could use cornerback help, Rich Cimini mentions that trading for Richard Sherman would “contradict everything they’ve done this offseason.
  • Cimini points out that the Jets have clearly been focused on getting younger and cheaper this offseason, so trading assets for a veteran cornerback like Sherman wouldn’t make much sense for them.
  • As of now, the Jets are at 82 players on their roster, which means they’ll have to make some cuts after the draft once they start signing undrafted free agents.

Redskins

  • Rich Tandler writes that linebackers Will Compton, Mason Foster and Zach Brown are locks to make the 53-man roster while Martrell Spaight is likely to do so as well.
  • Tandler points out that Washington kept five inside linebackers last year on their roster, but it’s possible that they may reduce this down to four this season.
  • With this in mind, Chris Carter, Zach Vigil, and Steven Daniels could end up fighting for one roster spot this summer, according to Tandler.