Mel Kiper Jr. changes Giants' pick in new mock draft
One week from the start of the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his second mock draft of the year. He projected Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah to the Giants at No. 4, a switch from last month's first go-around in which he chose Clemson outside linebacker Isaiah Simmons. In his latest one, Kiper penciled in Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa just before the Giants at No. 3 to the Lions.
"Let's get Okudah to New York in this scenario, locking down one side of the field with the clear top corner in this class," Kiper wrote. To view his full mock draft, click here.
View photos from the college career of Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah.
Steelers hire former Giant Ike Hilliard as receivers coach
On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers hired former Giant Ike Hilliard as their new receivers coach. Hilliard, who played for the Giants from 1997-2004 and is sixth on the franchise's all-time receptions list, has spent the past nine years as a receivers coach in the NFL, most recently with the Washington Redskins (2014-19).
Prior to his second stint with Washington, he coached receivers for the Buffalo Bills (2013) and Redskins (2012), and was the assistant receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2011. Hilliard started his coaching career with the Florida Huskers of the United Football League.
The seventh overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft out of Florida, Hilliard caught 368 passes for 4,630 yards and 27 touchdowns in 98 games for the Giants. He led the Giants in postseason catches, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions during their run to Super Bowl XXXV.
NFL.com Combine Primer: One player to watch for each team
The NFL invited 337 prospects to participate in the Scouting Combine, but which one should Giants fans watch in Indy? NFL Media analyst and former NFL general manager Charley Casserly whittled down the field for Big Blue and the 31 other clubs. Since he served as a front-office executive for the Washington Redskins across three decades, let's take a look at what he has in mind for the NFC East:
NEW YORK GIANTS: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville. The Giants are in the process of rebuilding their offensive line, and the tackle position is essential to protecting Daniel Jones. Becton could be a good addition, and the combine will give Big Blue answers as to what kind of shape he's in.
DALLAS COWBOYS: Xavier McKinley, S, Alabama. With Byron Jones hitting the open market, the Cowboys need a playmaker on the back end. McKinley is a guy who can play man and zone, make an impact right away and fill this need that Dallas has had for quite some time.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU. The Eagles were extremely thin (and, to be fair, injury-riddled) at wide receiver last season, so expect them to look at this receiver class as a whole. Jefferson could pique their interest.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State. Young is the best player in the draft. Period. He would be a perfect fit in Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio's 4-3 defense.
NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks unveiled his first position rankings for the 2020 draft.