NFL Notes: Giants, Jets, Mitch Trubisky, Ravens



The Giants are obviously in need of a defensive tackle after they lost Johnathan Hankins to the Colts a few weeks ago. However, this year’s draft class isn’t actually stacked at the position.

“It’s not a real good year for defensive tackles,” a top NFC scout tells Mark Eckel of “We have most of those guys with mid-round grades. I mean after the top few, they’re all about the same.

Some speculative options for the Giants to consider, according to Eckel, are Michigan State’s Malik McDowell, Florida State’s DaMarcus Walker, Florida’s Caleb Brantley, Clemson’s Carlos Watkins, Michigan’s Chris Wormley and Oklahoma State’s Vincent Taylor.


UNC QB Mitch Trubisky discussed a number of topics with BSteve Serby of the New York Post including his visit with the Jets.

“They seemed like they were interested, but it’s hard to tell with all these coaches and teams,” Trubisky said of meeting with the Jets.

It was nice to sit down and get to know those coaches and pick their brains, and really just got to know each other, then we toured the facility and just feeling each other out I guess,” Trubisky added. “It was a good visit, nothing too crazy, but it was a good time.”

Trubisky added that he enjoyed meeting with HC Todd Bowles and would love to play for him: “I like Coach Bowles a lot. From everyone else I’ve talked to, everyone says great things about him. To play for him would be awesome.”


Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Ravens are out to find a pass rusher in this year’s draft.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh confirmed as much at owner’s meeting last month.

“We’re looking for the next [Suggs] or to get that economical pass rusher,” Harbaugh said. “We better have the ability to rush the quarterback.

The Ravens could always use their No. 16 overall pick on the position or wait to see who’s available to them in round two. Zrebiec lists Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt, Houston’s Tyus Bowser, Alabama’s Ryan Anderson, Kansas State’s Jordan Willis and Auburn’s Carl Lawson as some edge rushers who could still be around on day two of the draft.

As for first-round targets, Zrebiec mentions Tennessee’s Derek Barnett, Temple’s Haason Reddick, Missouri’s Charles Harris, UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley, Michigan’s Taco Charlton and Alabama’s Tim Williams.

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