There are mock drafts that have Sam Darnold going first overall to the Browns, mock drafts that have Darnold going third overall to the Jets, and mock drafts that have some other team trading up to get Darnold at No. 2. But Darnold wouldn’t know.
Darnold said this morning on PFT Live that he doesn’t look at mock drafts and thinks the whole concept is maddening.
I haven’t looked at mock drafts, Darnold said. If I looked at those a lot I think I would drive myself insane. With the draft coming up I’m just trying to spend time with my family and close friends. There’s so many mock drafts out there I haven’t been able to keep up with them.
Lawrence has 23.5 sacks during his four-year career, though only 1.5 have actually come against the Giants.
Still, the 2017 Pro Bowler would like to keep chasing the 37-year-old Manning instead of a rookie QB like Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen 鈥?depending on who is available at No. 2 for the Giants to take.
Or perhaps Lawrence would just rather not have to tackle Saquon Barkley, the electric and evasive running back who has been the Giants’ choice in plenty of mock drafts.
The 25th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Thompson is set to make a base salary of $936,000 this season. In 2019, his fifth-year option salary will be $9.2 million. That salary is guaranteed for injury, meaning the Panthers would have to pay it even if Thompson suffers a serious injury this year and can’t pass a physical next year.
The full list of fifth-year options from 2015 first-round picks is right here.
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I like Darnold, Kiper said. I’d be surprised if he’s a bust. But he’s got to recreate what we saw two years ago [when he had his best season with 31 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions). If he can get back to what we saw two years ago, Sam Darnold can be a great quarterback. If we don’t and he continues on this path [22 turnovers last season], he’s going to be a bust.I won’t say the Giants are crazy if they pick Saquon Barkley Thursday night, Wei-Yin Chen Jersey with the second pick of the NFL draft. I won’t accuse Dave Gettleman of malpractice if he takes the Penn State star with the slot the Giants earned on merit by being the second-most-unwatchable team in all of football last year.
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