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Giants GM blasts draft critics on selecting Eli Apple

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New York Giants Jerseys general manager Jerry Reese took heat for what many analysts viewed as a “reach” when he selected corner Eli Apple No. 10 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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On Monday, Reese blasted those critics during an interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN.


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“When somebody doesn’t know what they’re talking about, it’s easy to depict it that way,” Reese said, via “Because they don’t know what they’re talking about.”

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Reese sounds a wee bit defensive about his pick.

He is correct, however. No one outside of the Giants’ draft room knows exactly how they stacked their draft board.

It’s been reported that New York had eyes cheap bike jerseys for both linebacker Leonard Floyd and offensive tackle Jack Conklin. Big Blue got leapt in trades for both players before it got to their pick at No. 10.

Reese said Apple was the Giants’ highest-rated player that didn’t have “issues” (presumably Laremy Tunsil’s bong mask and Myles Jack’s knee).

“We were very happy that he was available when we picked there at No. 10,” Reese said of selecting the corner. “We absolutely had gone over this scenario many times. Obviously, not the (specific) situation that came up during the draft, but we thought some of the players might have been gone anyway. He was right in our window, where we had him ranked on our board, and he was an easy pick for us.”

Corner was also an area of need. Despite paying Janoris Jenkins Jerseys a pile of cash and employing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Jerseys as a No. 1, the Giants remain thin at the position.

Reese isn’t ending his search for a corner with Apple either.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that ex-Bengals corner Leon Hall Jerseys will visit Big Blue today and take a physical. Hall, a slot corner, is recovering from back surgery.

Reese likely wouldn’t hear so much backlash from critics if he added the 31-year-old corner on the cheap.

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NFL considering changes to scouting combine

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Many, like New England Patriots Jerseys coach Bill Belichick, bemoan incoming rookies training for specific drills performed at the NFL Scouting Combine — like the 40-yard-dash. Could those days be coming to an end?
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Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY repots that National Football Scouting Inc., which runs the combine, is establishing a committee of NFL executives, scouts, coaches, athletic trainers, team physicians, among others, to jerseys for cheap review all phases of the annual event.

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“Our first focus is to look at what we do currently and making sure that that’s relevant,” company president Jeff Foster told USA TODAY Sports. “And if it is, great, we’ll continue to do it, because historical comparison is really important to the evaluation process. But if we believe that there’s something that’s not relevant, then what can we replace it with that will help us evaluate the players?”

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Tinkering with the combine is something that has been considered more earnestly in recent years.

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off this week in Indianapolis. Players will participate in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill and shuttle run.

Routinely criticized as “Underwear Olympics,” teams often find more use in the medical examinations and interviews conducted during the Combine than some of the on-field drills.

“We’re continuing to explore everything in an effort to improve,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pelissero. “So, if there are ways to tweak, improve, modify anything we do, we’ll explore that (and that includes) the combine. The mantra is, how can we get better?”

As data becomes more accessible and easier for teams, agents and players to parse, the tenor of the combine could adjust, making workouts more useful and informative.

“You can get in on a really granular level and analyze these systems — even overlays of some of the stuff they do,” Dr. Marcus Elliott said. “They measure vertical jump, but there’s a lot of ways for two guys to both jump 38 inches. There’s potential for this thing to get so much smarter.”