Jones-Slayton the next great Giants connection?
It's a leap year, and NFL Network's Peter Schrager thinks not one, but two Giants will make a big one in 2020. Appearing on "Good Morning Football," Schrager said Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton could be the next great quarterback-receiver connection.
"I think Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton quietly in a lost season for the Giants gave a lot of promise," he said. "I'm going to say both these guys make the leap in 2020. New coach who happens to have an expertise in wide receiver play, so that helps Darius Slayton in Joe Judge. Then you've got Daniel Jones now working with [offensive coordinator] Jason Garrett, who has more than enough experience with quarterback play having been a quarterback in this league and then working as an offensive coordinator and eventually a head coach for many years of the Dallas Cowboys.
"I think Saquon [Barkley] is going to have a great year in this offense, but Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton, they could be the greatest connection that New York's had maybe since Eli [Manning] and Odell [Beckham Jr.] a few years back. I'm excited about both these guys as sophomores."
In addition to leading special teams in New England, Judge assumed wide receiver duties in his final season with the Patriots. Now he will coach Slayton, who tied Tennessee's A.J. Brown for most touchdown catches (eight) by a rookie in 2019. Jones, meanwhile, led all rookies with 24 touchdown passes.
NFL announces locations of draft events in Las Vegas
Bringing fans and players together, the 85th NFL Draft will host various free events at iconic Las Vegas locations, April 23-25, 2020. The celebration -- at the NFL Draft Red Carpet, NFL Draft Main Stage and NFL Draft Experience -- will include free immersive activities and live entertainment and performances, bringing a new level of excitement to the NFL Draft that only Las Vegas could provide.
"Embracing the city's personality and iconic locations enables us to create an event that captures the spirit and energy of our hosts," said Peter O'Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business & League Events. "We look forward to continuing to work with the Raiders, Las Vegas officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create an unforgettable week-long celebration of football for our fans, the incoming prospects and partners and kick off the NFL's next 100 years."
Set against the iconic backdrop of the Strip, the NFL Draft Main Stage will be constructed next to the Caesars Forum. Free and open to the public, fans are invited to gather at the Draft Main Stage viewing zone to watch the first round selections on Night 1 (Thursday), Rounds 2-3 on Night 2 (Friday), and Rounds 4-7 on Day 3 (Saturday). The Main Stage will also host daily performances by headlining acts throughout the Draft.
Located adjacent to the NFL Draft Main Stage, the NFL Draft Experience will be a free, three-day football festival highlighted by interactive games, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, autograph sessions with NFL players and Legends, brand activations, giveaways and the NFL Shop.
The NFL Draft Experience will be free and open to fans at the following times:
- Thursday, April 23: Noon – 9 PM PT or the end of round one
- Friday, April 24: Noon – 9 PM PT or the end of round three
- Saturday, April 25: 9 AM. – 6 PM PT or the end of round seven
"We are excited to partner with the NFL and the Raiders for our first major event together in Las Vegas," said Steve Hill, Chief Executive Officer and President, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "Our destination prides itself on creating unforgettable and epic events and experiences and we believe the 2020 Draft will be among the most thrilling events Las Vegas has ever hosted. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of thousands of NFL fans to our world-class destination on April 23."
Caesars Forum, the newest state-of-the-art conference center, located adjacent to the High Roller observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip, will be host to Selection Square. This exclusive area will feature the team tables where representatives from each club will make their draft selections.
The 2020 NFL Draft will open on Thursday, April 23 with the official NFL Draft Red Carpet, which will be constructed on the famed Fountains of Bellagio. Starting at 2:30 PM PT, attending prospects will make their debut on the carpet. New this year, the red carpet will feature the Draft Red Carpet Stage, an exciting new addition to the opening event.
NFL Draft Main Stage, NFL Draft Experience Stage and Red Carpet Stage performers and schedules will be announced at a later date.
Bucky Brooks ranks top five prospects by position
After evaluating the prospects at the Senior Bowl and talking with people around the league, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks ranked the top five draft prospects by position. Alabama's Jedrick Wills was the No. 1 offensive tackle on the list and his pick for the Giants in his first mock draft.
"Dave Gettleman's affinity for the hog mollies could lead the Giants to add an edge blocker to protect their young quarterback," Brooks wrote.
According to his bio on the official Alabama website, Wills allowed only one sack all season and only 3.5 quarterback hurries while missing only seven assignments in 771 snaps for a success rate of 99.0 percent. Wills, according to RollTide.com, helped anchor the Tide's offensive line that ranked third nationally, allowing just .92 sacks per game, surrendering only 12 sacks in 406 pass attempts during the 2019 season (one every 33.8 pass attempts). The offensive front opened holes and provided time for Alabama's offense that ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring (47.2 ppg), third in passing (342.2 ypg) and sixth in total offense (510.8 ypg).
NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks unveiled his first position rankings for the 2020 draft.