May 2015


The Giants gave themselves some insurance against a repeat injury to Victor Cruz with sixth-round wide receiver Geremy Davis of UConn. Still, he finished as UConn's top receiver in the FBS era and among the top six in program history with 165 catches for 2,292 yards and seven TDs. His physical nature and his weight, however, could lead to the Giants to switch him to tight end, where he would compete with veterans Daniel Fells and Adrien Robinson.
Teams make surprising draft picks all the time. However, it's not so common that a draft pick himself is surprised to hear his name called at all. The New York Giants took Texas safety Mykkele Thompson in the fifth round. Thompson wasn't exactly hosting a big draft party. "It was a surprise for me," Thompson said, according to ESPN.com . "I don't even know how to explain it right now. After the numbers I put up this year, I thought free agency was going to be the main goal, probably." The Giants have made plenty of good picks through the years, but picking someone in the fifth round who admits he was surprised to be drafted at all probably should be classified as a reach. According to ESPN.com, Thompson said he had just one pre-draft visit: to the Giants, of course. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] Thompson wasn't very productive in college, but did play better after he started using contacts to correct his vision during last season. He had just one interception, three passes defensed and 69 tackles in 13 games. At 6-foot-2, 191 pounds (his listed size in college), he's a bit undersized as a safety, though he could move to corner in the pros. He wasn't even an honorable mention all-Big 12 selection as a senior. Thompson wasn't invited to the NFL scouting combine . It's not like he went to a small school and nobody had a chance to scout him. No wonder Thompson figured he'd be trying to hook on as a free agent. That's not to mean Thompson won't be a good player. The Giants have a good scouting staff. They obviously like him. It's just not too often you hear a player express genuine surprise over being drafted after he is. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Follow along for up-to-the-minute NFL Draft picks from the Bucs at No. 1 to the Cardinals Mr. Irrelevant selection at No. 256.
The New York Giants have filled two major needs on the first two days of the NFL draft and they will probably use their final three picks to take talent more than need. Coming into the draft, the Giants' biggest needs were on the offensive line and at safety. They grabbed Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers in the first round Thursday and made a major move Friday, trading up to the top spot in the second round to select Alabama safety Landon Collins. New York sent its second, fourth and second seventh-round picks to the Titans in the deal, so they will have picks in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds Saturday.
The Baltimore Ravens insist that talent, not positional need, is the driving force behind their draft. While that may be true, the Ravens have already filled three sizable holes over the first three rounds. Baltimore selected Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams and Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis on Friday night after picking Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perrmian with the 26th overall pick Thursday. ''It was the way the board was stacked,'' general manager Ozzie Newsome said, even though each of those three positions lost key players earlier this offseason.
The New York Jets had the need for speed, and got their man in the second round of the NFL draft. Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith was selected with the fifth pick Friday, and 37th overall, giving the Jets an explosive pass-catcher who can stretch the field and blow past defensive backs. He'll complement a receiving corps that includes Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley. ''It's a team that I've watched over the years,'' Smith said during a conference call from Chicago, where he attended the draft.
CHICAGO (AP) -- 10:16 p.m. (11:16 p.m. EDT) The Browns make the 11th and final trade of the night, swapping with New England to take Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock shed his sports coat about an hour ago and is going with the vest-and-tie look now. All the action takes place at Grant Park, where a high of 70 is forecast and the NFL expects a quarter-million fans to show up. Also still surprisingly on the board are TCU linebacker Paul Dawson and Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant.
The show stoppers Thursday night at the NFL draft were two Hall of Famers: Jim Kelly and Dick Butkus. The legendary former players were on hand to announce the second-round selections for the Bills and Bears, respectively. Kelly's appearance was spell-binding, and after a lengthy standing ovation, he told the audience that he is cancer free. ''I want to thank everyone all over the world, especially my NFL family, for all of your prayers,'' Kelly said before announcing Buffalo's first pick in this draft, Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby at No. 50 overall.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens have taken Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis with the 90th overall pick in the NFL draft.
Looking at their board after the first round of the NFL draft ended, the New York Giants saw an opportunity. Alabama safety Landon Collins was there and sticking out, a talented player with a chip on his shoulder who could fit a gaping hole in the defense. The Crimson Tide star had been projected as a first-round pick and slipped. So the Giants went to work and engineered a trade with the Tennessee Titans before the start of the second round on Friday and selected the safety with 33rd pick overall.

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