Taking a chance
A few players the Giants may be tempted to draft, warts and all:
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Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
A pass-rusher and run-stopper who said at the Combine that he fashioned his game by watching Osi Umenyiora. But he also tested positive for marijuana at the Combine along with two other times in college. He said he's stopped using, but the Giants learned from the Will Hill experience that saying it and doing it are two different things.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
A talented receiver with terrific measurables (6-5, 237) but has had several run-ins with the law, including an arrest for possession of marijuana, an arrest for alleged possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and reports that he broke into his girlfriend's home by kicking the door in. Scouts compare his play to Plaxico Burress. The Giants may see multilayered comparisons there that they wish to avoid.
Marcus Peters,CB, Washington
One of the top corners in the draft, but his conflicts with the coaching staff at Washington have him labeled as a potential problem. He was suspended for one game by Washington coaches last season after he threw a sideline tantrum following a personal foul and was eventually dismissed from the team for multiple clashes with the coaches. Those who know him say he has difficulty dealing with disciplined, button-down coaches. Which, if you haven't noticed, is what the Giants have right now.
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Not all red flags are based on behavior. Gurley is coming off a torn ACL and while he's been cleared by many teams the Giants know how hard it can be to lose a draft pick to early injuries. They had it happen with David Wilson and Chad Jones before they could show their abilities and with Terrell Thomas and Kenny Phillips just as they were about to enter their prime. The Giants had to wait four games to get Odell Beckham Jr. on the field last season. It's unlikely they want another part-time first-rounder coming back from a serious injury.