The Panthers made official what everyone expected, that 2015 first-round draft pick Shaq Thompson’s fifth-year option has been exercised.
Thompson, a linebacker who started 14 games last season, has definitely played well enough in his three NFL seasons that the Panthers wouldn’t want him to walk in free agency next year.
Gettleman’s first order of business in Thursday’s draft 鈥?his only order of business 鈥?is to assemble as much talent as he possibly can. That means everywhere: offense, defense, the lines, the backfields. Saquon Barkley may be as Rourke Chartier Youth jersey talented a football player as there is on his draft board. Perhaps you can understand why he might ponder pulling the trigger on selecting the Penn State star.
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It would be the wrong move. And the Giants, at this point in their history, can’t afford to be wrong: not when it comes to naming a coach (and it says here they picked a good one in Pat Shurmur), not when it comes to naming a GM (and, right now, Gettleman seems like a wise choice there), not when it comes to bolstering their roster (so far, so good, especially with the addition of Nate Solder).
Darnold’s approach is the smart one: Mock drafts are mostly useless. No one knows where anyone is going, and NFL sources are blowing so much smoke in the days leading up to the draft that even the best-connected draft analysts get fooled. A player could go crazy trying to keep track of where all the mock drafts have him going. Darnold will wait to find out on Thursday.
Strauch offered the sagest answer heard from a fan on draft night.
We’ll see, he said. Ask me in two years.Dave Gettleman will have at least one big fan in Dallas if he passes on drafting a quarterback Thursday night.
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Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence made his preference known Thursday afternoon that he would like Eli Manning to stay under center, trolling the Giants with a tweet that included two pictures of him harassing the quarterback.