Giants showing ‘consistent interest’ in one of draft’s best linebackers
The New York Giants have added some key pieces to their defense in free agency, but they are still looking to make more upgrades via the draft.
According to Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media, the Giants have shown “consistent interest” in Temple linebacker Shaun Bradley. Lombardo notes that New York has been intrigued by Bradley since the NFL Scouting Combine and throughout the pre-draft process.
He adds that Bradley will probably be picked somewhere between the fourth and sixth rounds.
“[Teams] say [they like my] ability to cover ground, get sideline to sideline and cover tight ends in open space,” Bradley said, per Tom Moore of The Allentown Morning Call. “The Combine helped because I showed in drills that I can move fluid.”
Bradley is coming off of a senior campaign in which he racked up 86 tackles, eight tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Mount Holly, N.J. native arrived at Temple in 2015 but had a very limited role in his freshman season. He logged just six tackles and a forced fumble. The following year, Bradley received significantly more playing time and enjoyed what was arguably his best collegiate campaign. Bradley finished with 85 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble.
Bradley then posted similar numbers in his junior season. The Temple linebacker totaled 78 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, a couple of picks and a defensive touchdown.
The Giants went 4-12 this past season and own the fourth overall pick in the draft later this month.