Quarterback carousel continues to turn in 2020
Quarterbacks define the NFL, which means the 2020 season will be written in a different language.
Locally, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning retired after climbing into the top seven in every major passing category over the course of his 16 seasons. He closed his retirement speech by saying, “Wellington Mara always said, ‘Once a Giant, Always a Giant.’ For me, it's ‘Only a Giant.’”
For Tom Brady, it won't be "only a Patriot."
For Philip Rivers, it won't be "only a Charger."
For Cam Newton, it won't be "only a Panther."
View photos behind the scenes from Eli Manning's retirement day
These champions, MVPs, All-Pros, and Pro Bowlers are all on the move. They also weren't the only ones. Here is what we know so far:
Mel Kiper changes Giants' pick in Mock Draft 3.0
Much has changed since Mel Kiper Jr.'s last mock draft, including his first-round projection for the Giants.
The ESPN analyst released his third mock draft of 2020 on Tuesday and penciled in Clemson do-it-all linebacker Isaiah Simmons for Big Blue at No. 4 overall. Kiper originally had Simmons in his first mock draft, which he released exactly two months ago, but shook things up in his February edition leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine.
In that one, Kiper had the Detroit Lions taking Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa just before the Giants, whom he then had selecting Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah. Simmons dropped to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 9.
Kiper chose a different adventure one month before the 2020 NFL Draft, which is still set for April 23-25 with no public events. He had Okudah to Detroit, Simmons to the Giants, and Tagovailoa to Miami to round out the top five.
"This is another spot to watch for a trade," Kiper wrote. "If the Lions stay put and take Okudah, could a team jump in front of the Dolphins to snag Tagovailoa? Because I can't project trades here, I'll mock Simmons to the Giants. He's a phenomenal athlete who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at 238 pounds, but he has great film from the past two seasons, too. He and free-agent addition Blake Martinez would really strengthen the G-Men's linebacker unit. General manager Dave Gettleman has to think about an offensive tackle here, too, with Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills Jr. as possibilities."
According to Pro Football Focus, Simmons, who measured 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds at the combine, played more than 100 snaps at five different positions for Clemson in 2019.
He lined up 299 times at inside linebacker, 262 at slot cornerback, 132 at free safety, 116 at outside linebacker, and 100 at strong safety. He was asked in Indianapolis what position he plays. "Defense," said Simmons, who won the 2019 Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker, the first player to do so in Clemson history.
View photos from the college career of Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons
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