There’s a chance that 40 percent of the Notre Dame starting offensive line in 2017 will be among the first 10 players picked in the 2018 NFL draft.
Asked to identify the biggest surprise in the top 10 by Peter King of SI.com, Gil Brandt of NFL.com picks Irish tackle Mike McGlinchey.
“He’ll go in the top 10,” Brandt said.
But Gettleman strikes me as an old-school GM who doesn’t want to put up with Beckham’s nonsense. Mara probably has had his fill of Beckham, too. And Shurmur would love to see more depth added to the roster with a few extra draft picks.
The Giants also are tight against the cap after recent investments on free-agent signings such as Nate Solder on offense. They’ve spent even more on the defense, with huge contracts for Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins and the re-signing of Jason Pierre-Paul. They also recently traded for a $10 million-per-year linebacker in Alec Ogletree.
Here are the teams that have improved the most, plus those that will enter the 2018 season on the decline.
As a young team already coming off a division title, the Rams appear to be the big winner for “Madden NFL 19,” which will be released in August. While they have brought in personalities that have the potential for disruption and conflict, those concerns don’t transition to a game that doesn’t factor in off-field turmoil, suspensions or locker-room conflict. Considering the talent they’ve acquired, the Rams will be a force in the video game.
The signing of Ndamukong Suh gives Los Angeles the highest-rated pair of defensive teammates in the league. Suh and his rating of 93 Overall joins Aaron Donald, 99 Overall, on the line. In Suh, the Rams are getting the player deemed by “Madden” the strongest in the league. Suh also ranks as the second-highest player in Hit Power.