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Giants Now: Prospects NFL Network's Charles Davis 'would pound the table for'


Prospects NFL Network's Charles Davis 'would pound the table for'

Believe it or not, the draft is almost here as we are less than 10 days away from the first round kicking off.

NFL Network's Charles Davis recently released his annual list of prospects he would "pound the table for", or in other words, his favorite prospects in this year's draft class, regardless of when they're projected to be selected.

This year's list featured some interesting names. Here are the prospects Davis feels most passionately about in this year's draft, along with commentary from the NFL Network analyst.

Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina

"I've seen progress from Rattler on and off the field over the past two seasons. He'll probably go late on Day 2 or early on Day 3 of the draft, but there's a reason he was once a highly touted prospect... I feel good about this young man -- who has some Teddy Bridgewater in his game -- and his chances of making it in the NFL."

Ray Davis, RB, Kentucky

"He might not have the long speed of some of the other running backs in this draft, but he has great contact balance and reminds me of Zach Charbonnet, a second-round pick of the Seahawks last year. I'm banking on Davis' internal drive and talent carrying him to success in the NFL."

Kimani Vidal, RB, Troy

"Get to know Vidal. Athletic achievement is in his blood. Yes, he's the great-nephew of baseball legend Hank Aaron, and he's also a highly impressive runner who caught my eye repeatedly at the Reese's Senior Bowl earlier this offseason... I think the bounce in his step will translate to the next level."

Ainias Smith, WR, Texas A&M

"Smith is not the biggest, strongest or fastest receiver, but when he touches the ball, good things happen... I know he's been dealing with a stress fracture in his left shin this spring, but we've seen Smith come back from injury in a big way before. I wouldn't sleep on him doing it again."

Dallin Holker, TE, Colorado State

"Holker might not be a pure tight end -- he's more of a fit in the H-back mold -- but I think he's going to be a great pick for a team on Day 3 of the draft. Clearly, he understands the passing game. Holker led all FBS tight ends with 64 catches and 767 receiving yards last season."

Christian Jones, OT, Texas

"I watched Jones closely at the Senior Bowl and he kept stringing together quality reps against top competition. He lost some of those battles, but he won more than his share... I would be pounding the table for him early on Day 3 of the draft."

Mason McCormick, IOL, South Dakota State

"I love the way McCormick goes about his business on the field. He's a very cerebral player and has plenty of experience, with 57 career starts -- all at left guard -- during his college career. That most definitely counts for something in my book. In addition, McCormick impressed at the NFL Scouting Combine. He's a road grader who reminds me of Browns Pro Bowler Wyatt Teller, featuring some twitch and a whole lot of nastiness in his game."

Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, IOL, Georgia

"It seems like people are sleeping on Van Pran-Granger. I know he's undersized, weighing in at 298 pounds with 31 3/8-inch arms at the combine, but I think he could start from Day 1 on the right team... Former Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil is my comp for Van Pran-Granger. He's smart and experienced."

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his updated ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Sundiata Anderson, Edge, Grambling State

"A two-time first-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection, Anderson has posted 11-plus tackles for loss in each of the last three seasons. That's the type of production that should excite NFL teams."

Adisa Isaac, Edge, Penn State

"He has plenty of toughness and is strong at the point of attack. Also, he outproduced his more highly touted Penn State teammate, Chop Robinson, when it came to sacks and tackles for loss last season. I believe he will reward the NFL team that gives him an opportunity."

Khristian Boyd, DT, Northern Iowa

"Boyd did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, but as people around the league will tell you, this young man can play. He's no sleeper... Later on Day 2 of the draft, that sound you'll start to hear will be me pounding the table for the former Northern Iowa Panther."

DeWayne Carter, DT, Duke

"He is a playmaker on the interior, collecting 25 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 11 pass breakups and seven forced fumbles over the past four seasons. His intangibles are off the charts, and he reminds me of Steelers 2023 second-round pick Keeanu Benton when I watch his tape."

Tyrice Knight, LB, Texas-El Paso

"He led the FBS last season with 84 solo tackles and tied for sixth in the FBS with 140 total tackles. He also led his team with 15.5 tackles for loss in 2023. He more than held his own at the Senior Bowl, too. We've seen off-ball linebackers devalued in the NFL, but I believe, if he's given another year or two to hone his instincts, Knight will prove the team that drafts him right."

Myles Harden, CB, South Dakota

"Harden led his squad with three interceptions and four forced fumbles in 2022, and he tied for the team lead with six pass breakups in 2023. He's not going to wow anyone with speed, but he's adequate in that department. Players like him find ways to get on the field and make good things happen."

Cole Bishop, S, Utah

"I wouldn't just pound the table for Bishop, I'd go Bills Mafia and jump through the table for him. I am all-in on the junior from Utah... To me, he should be in the conversation for top safety in the draft. He reminds me of new Ram Kamren Curl, who doesn't get enough credit for his level of play in the league."

Malik Mustapha, S, Wake Forest

"I see a high-energy player when I turn on Mustapha's tape. He's always around the ball, recording 80 tackles for Wake Forest in 2023. He's not the biggest guy, but he plays with plenty of aggression and force. He reminds me of former Lions safety Louis Delmas, who had a nice run as a six-year NFL starter."

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