- NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo points out the Giants will need to use nearly $13 million of their available $16.66 million in cap space to sign their rookie draft class, which would leave them with just $3.7 million for the 2020 season.
- However, Lombardo says the Giants could end up saving $3.259 million if they release K Aldrick Rosas following his arrest for a misdemeanor hit-and-run.
- New York could also save $2.75 million by releasing C Spencer Pulley, per Lombardo.
- Lombardo notes the Giants might need to make one of those moves to fit LB Markus Golden, who was tendered as an unrestricted free agent on a one-year, $4.1 million deal.
Drafting is a mix between filling current needs and future needs. When the Rams took TE Brycen Hopkins in the fourth round this past April, it didn’t fill any current hole on the team’s roster, as he’ll slot in behind current Rams TEs Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett. But Rams GM Les Snead was looking ahead past this year, which happens to be the final year of Everett’s deal, when he made the pick.
“We had him highly rated and felt like he could come in and carve out a role early, but also later,” Snead said via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “We didn’t have to make that pick, but sometimes when you make those types of picks, there’s an element of drafting in a microscope, but also with a telescope and you feel like, ‘Hey, the guy can make plays.’”
- NFL Media’s Charley Casserly writes Seahawks first-round LB Jordyn Brooks should compete for immediate playing time at linebacker and could start sooner if LB K.J. Wright‘s return from shoulder surgery is delayed.
- In the meantime, Brooks will compete with Seahawks LB Cody Barton for playing time in Seattle’s base defense.
- Seattle also thinks second-round DE Darrell Taylor can provide an immediate boost to the Seahawks’ pass rush.
- Casserly notes the Seahawks have a number of options fighting to establish a pecking order at tight end, including Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister, Luke Willson and fourth-round rookie Colby Parkinson.
- Casserly says the Seahawks will have to figure out a number of positions along the offensive line, including left guard between Mike Iupati and Chance Warmack, center between B.J. Finney and Ethan Pocic, right guard between Finney, third-round G Damien Lewis, Jordan Simmons and Phil Haynes and right tackle between Cedric Ogbuehi, Jamarco Jones and Brandon Shell.
- The competition also extends to the defensive line, with 2019 first-round DE L.J. Collier battling Rasheem Green to start at strongside defensive end. Bruce Irvin, Taylor, Benson Mayowa and rookie Alton Robinson will compete for the LEO role.
- Seahawks CBs Quinton Dunbar and Tre Flowers will compete for the No. 2 corner job.