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General Manager Candidates for the Giants

Updated Dec. 11, 2017
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

The New York Giants became the first team to fire their general manager because of the 2017 season. Along with Jerry Reese, head coach Ben McAdoo was also fired, so the new general manager will have an immediate critical hire to make for the Giants. WalterFootball.com reached out to sources around the NFL to do a survey on whom the Giants should hire to be their next general manager. This included multiple general managers, college scouting directors, and some team presidents.

  • Houston Texans director of college scouting Jon Carr
  • Houston Texans assistant director of college scouting Mike Martin
  • Green Bay Packers director-football operations Eliot Wolf
  • Green Bay Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith
  • Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli
  • Former Tennessee Titans director of college scouting Blake Beddingfield
  • Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes
  • Pittsburgh Steelers pro personnel coordinator Brandon Hunt
  • Philadelphia Eagles assistant director of college scouting Tre Brown
  • Seattle Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner


According to the league sources, the common characteristic for all of the evaluators listed above was an eye for talent. Carr and Martin have been instrumental in building up the Texans to have three winning seasons with two division titles before injuries wrecked the 2017 season. Wolf and Highsmith have been vital to the Packers' string of playoff teams. Pioli helped rebuild the Falcons from picking in the top 10 to almost winning the Super Bowl last year. Beddingfield helped build up the Titans' roster to Tennessee being in position to make the playoffs this year. Holmes and Brown did the same thing in Los Angeles and Philadelphia respectively. Kirchner has been critical to the sustained success for Seattle this decade.

The Giants have a critical decision to make as the new general manager will be the in charge of rebuilding a team and finding the next franchise quarterback for New York. Another common link of the teams above is they all have a good franchise quarterback, so these evaluators have shown a history of success and come widely recommended from around the league.






Josh Allen to Enter 2018 NFL Draft, More Rumors of Darnold Returning to USC

Updated Dec. 6, 2017
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

Late in the 2016 season, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen became a highly discussed quarterback prospect and a player who was seen as having first-round potential. Allen decided to return to Wyoming for the 2017 season rather than enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Allen was coming off his first full season as the starter at Wyoming in his second year there, but was eligible for the draft after starting out his collegiate career at the community college level. The junior Allen has the eligibility to return to Wyoming for 2018, but multiple sources tell WalterFootball.com that Allen will skip his senior year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

In reaching out to NFL team sources, they all projected Allen to be a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Allen has not had a prolific 2017 season of eye-popping production, but team sources say he already has the built-in excuse of a poor supporting cast. Entering his bowl game, Allen has completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,658 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has five rushing touchdowns as well. According to Rotoworld and WyoSports.net, Allen intends to play in Wyoming's bowl game despite missing the final two regular-season games with a shoulder injury.

One NFC general manager who could be in the market for a quarterback said they have a firm first-round grade on Allen. Team sources who are currently at the National Football Scouting meetings in Indianapolis say that Allen may not get out of the top 10 with the way he is being discussed at those meetings. The 6-foot-5, 233-pound Allen has an excellent skill set and has drawn a lot of comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger. Sources say Allen also has a good football IQ. An AFC director of college scouting stated there are too many quarterback-starved teams around the league for Allen to fall far.

Helping Allen to go high and potentially in the top 10 would be USC quarterback Sam Darnold returning to college for 2018. For months, WalterFootball.com has heard rumors that Darnold is inclined to return to USC next year, and many other media outlets have heard the same thing according to their reports. At the National Football Scouting meetings in Indianapolis, there is more talk that Darnold will pass on entering the 2018 NFL Draft to return to the Trojans. If Darnold does in fact return to USC, some sources think Allen could end up being the second-rated quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft.




Josh Rosen to Enter 2018 NFL Draft

Updated Dec. 6, 2017
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

After three years at UCLA, multiple sources tell WalterFootball.com that Rosen will skip his senior year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. For many months, Rosen has been expected to enter the 2018 NFL Draft as he is one of the top eligible quarterbacks. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Rosen is in the running to be one of the first players off the board thanks to his powerful right arm and pocket-passing potential.

Sources from multiple teams said they all expect Rosen to go high in the first round. One NFC general manager whose team could be in the market for a quarterback told WalterFootball.com that they have Rosen as their No. 1-rated quarterback for the 2018 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has shown pocket-passing skill with a right arm cannon capable of making any throw in the NFL. In 2017, the junior has completed 63 percent of his passes for 3,717 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Rosen does have some concerns to work through with teams in the lead up to the 2018 NFL Draft. There has been talk in the scouting community about Rosen having bad intangibles and being disliked by his teammates at UCLA, especially during his early time with the Bruins. They say that Rosen worked at improving his relationships with his teammates over the past year and a half and that progress was being made on that issue. Rosen also has some durability issues as he had a concussion as a junior and was limited to six games as a sophomore because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Even with those concerns, team sources were unanimous that they expect Rosen to go high in the 2018 NFL Draft. If Rosen impresses in the pre-draft interviews and workouts, he could be the first player off the board next April.




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