Time to get out the No. 1 jerseys and make sure the suits are tailored. The NFL Draft attendees list is in.
At least 19 top prospects are scheduled to attend the annual selection show beginning April 25 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. This is according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who released the names this morning:
» Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
» Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
» EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
» Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
» Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
» Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
» Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
» Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
» Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU
» Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
» DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
» Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
» Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
» Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
» Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
» Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
» Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
» Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
» Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
A record 26 players attended last year’s draft, which also included the most by one school with BCS National Champion Alabama sending five. The Giants hold eight total picks in the upcoming draft, beginning with the 19th overall selection.
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In 24 years as a general manager in the NFL, Bill Polian knows something about evaluating talent. Consequently, he also can evaluate the evaluators, and he believes Jerry Reese is one of the best in the business.
Polian, a former Bills, Panthers, and Colts executive and current analyst for ESPN Insider, broke down the top six evaluators in his eyes, which included the Giants general manager.
“He goes out and finds players who fit what head coach Tom Coughlin wants, which points to one of his greatest strengths as a GM,” the six-time NFL Executive of the Year wrote about Reese. “Not only is Jerry a terrific judge of talent, he’s also an excellent manager in the way he includes his staff and the coaches in the process. Throughout the organization, every scout is working from the same script and knows that their voice will be heard in the player-evaluation process.
“Another defining characteristic for Jerry is that he’s not afraid to take a chance on a player who he believes will fit their system. Mark Herzlich is a good example. Many teams were scared of his battle with cancer, but he’s helped the Giants. And identifying Victor Cruz as a player to develop can’t be overlooked — remember, they kept him through an entire season where Cruz sat on IR. Reese and Coughlin will now unearth last year’s first-rounder, RB David Wilson. While the former Virginia Tech back had a rough start following a Week 1 fumble, he should be a strong asset for the Giants going forward after the team had to make financial decisions at the position this offseason.”
Also making Polian’s list were: Ozzie Newsome (Ravens), Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons), Ted Thompson (Packers), Trent Baalke (49ers), and Kevin Colbert (Steelers).
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