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Giants Now (1/27): Giants react to Kobe's passing, Senior Bowl standouts, Jeremiah releases first draft prospect rankings


The regular season may be over, but there is still a ton going on around the New York Giants. Here are some of the big stories surrounding the Giants from Monday, January 27.

Giants players pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

The sports world was hit with a devastating tragedy on Sunday, as NBA great Kobe Bryant, as well as his daughter Gianna, were among nine people that passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Current and former Giants players took to social media to pay tribute to the NBA legend and all-time great.

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2020 Senior Bowl standouts

The 2020 Senior Bowl took place Saturday, with the North Team emerging with a 34-17 victory over the South Team. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert took home MVP honors after completing 9 of 12 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, but he was far from the game's only standout. UCLA running back Joshua Kelley carried the ball 15 times for 105 yards (7.0 yards per carry), while Memphis running back Antonio Gibson took 11 carries for 68 yards (6.2 yards per carry).

Another player who had a breakout performance in Saturday's collegiate all-star game was Utah edge rusher Bradlee Anae.’s Chase Goodbread broke down Anae's outing.

"Bradlee Anae, edge rusher, Utah. Anae would not be blocked. After getting in on back-to-back sacks of QB Jalen Hurts in the second quarter, Anae followed that later in the quarter by beating Oregon offensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton with an inside move and hammering Hurts just as he released a downfield pass. The hit affected the throw, causing it to flutter for an easy interception by Ohio State LB Malik Harrison. 

'He did a great job,' said Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, who coached Anae's victorious North squad. 'He's really improved. We've gone over a lot of things with him from a pass rush standpoint, from a technique standpoint, and he tried to take all that (to the game). He's got a great gift, a great ability to rush the edge.'

Anae picked up another sack in the second half, beating Texas Tech OT Terence Steele to take down Colorado QB Steven Montez.

'He was the first one off the ball every snap for that Utah front,' (Jeremiah said during the broadcast. '... You see guys who can get off, but can't finish. He finishes, and he did it all week.'"

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Daniel Jeremiah releases first top 50 draft prospect rankings

The 2020 NFL Draft is now less than three months away. A lot can change between now and April 23, as the combine, as well as all of the schools' pro days, are still to come. However, it is never too early to start familiarizing yourself with some of the top prospects from around the country. NFL Network draft analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah released the first version of his list of top 50 draft-eligible prospects. Here are the top 15 prospects.

1)   Ohio State EDGE Chase Young

2)   Auburn DT Derrick Brown

3)   LSU QB Joe Burrow

4)   Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons

5)   Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah

6)   Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

7)   South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw

8)   Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb

9)   Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy

10) Louisville OT Mekhi Becton

11) Alabama OT Jedrick Wills

12) Alabama WR Henry Ruggs

13) Iowa OG Tristan Wirfs

14) Georgia RB D'Andre Swift

15) Alabama S Xavier McKinney

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