NFC East Notes: Giants, Apple, Cowboys

Some saw Eli Apple as a reach at No. 10 for the Giants, but team scouting director Marc Ross does not agree with that assessment.

We’ve heard it before,” Ross said, according to Steve Serby of the New York Post. “We’ve taken other players that [were called] a reach. Nobody knows. If you get a dime for every expert, I could retire. Come on. Experts? People analyze. People have opinions. What’s it based on? Nobody has seen the tape. Nobody goes to practice. Nobody puts in the work like the scouts do. It’s easy to second-guess and pick and say get everybody’s pick right and tell them what they should do, but you’ve just got to put in the work and trust what you do.”

The Giants were widely linked to Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin and Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd, but those players came off the board at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

  • The Cowboys had the same draft grade for Ezekiel Elliott and Jalen Ramsey, according to Todd Archer of (on Twitter).
  • The Cowboys regarded Paxton Lynch as the quarterback in the top 3 who required the most time to develop but had higher ceiling than Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, Ed Werder of tweets.
  • When asked if he was surprised by Sam Bradford‘s reaction to the Eagles‘ trading up for Wentz, Eagles GM Howie Roseman said, “Some of this is agent driven,” (On WIP, Twitter link via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer).
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3 comments on “NFC East Notes: Giants, Apple, Cowboys

  1. Giants51

    Reese and Ross just don’t get it….. That’s why our Giants are so far behind in talent……. They both need to go……. There draft record over the last 5-6 years is pathetic

  2. bobhutt99

    When I was watching highlights of Apple after he was drafted I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was holding just about every receiver he was covering and never turned his head looking for the ball. If he they can’t teach him in the pro’s not to do that they had better change his name from Eli to PI Apple. He’ll have more Pass Interference penalties called on him than Carter has little liver pills. How can you select a project at 10 in the draft. Reese has to go!


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