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    to help add some size to the Giants’ receiving corps?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants vs. Eagles 2015 Kerry Wynn Jerseys 2019 , Week 172019 NFL DraftBuffalo’s Anthony Johnson could be a late-round receiving optionNew,7commentsCould Anthony Johnson be a later-round option to help add some size to the Giants’ receiving corps? ESTShareTweetShareShareBuffalo’s Anthony Johnson could be a late-round receiving optionBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Giants have needs for young talented players all over their roster. But while other positions might get more attention, the wide receiver group is an understated but looming need. THe presence of Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard mask the concerns regarding the Giants’ receivers. However Beckham is only one player and the Giants could lose Shepard to free agency after the 2019 season. And while the Giants use the two tight end set more than league average (they used it on 35 percent of their snaps, compared to 20 percent league-wide, per SharpFootballStats) the Giants could also use a long-term solution for their third wide receiver position.While they certainly could go for one of the draft’s top options with one of their first two picks White Rhett Ellison Jerseys , the Giants are more likely to look down the draft board if they are to select a receiver. If so, could Buffalo’s Anthony Johnson be on their radar?MeasurablesProsGood size for a receiver.Willing blocker on runs or screen passes.Extends to snag balls away from his frame.Played all over the Buffalo offense - wide receiver, slot, and out of the backfield.Good play strength.Able to create after the catch.ConsLong speed is a question. Doesn’t really seem to run away from defenders.Average all-around athlete.Can waste too much energy trying to “sell” routes. Release against press coverage could be a question.Will face a jump in competition from the MAC to the NFL.Prospect VideoWhat They’re Saying - Jon Ledyard (The Draft Network - Scouting Report) Does He Fit The Giants?If the Giants are looking to add some size as a contrast to Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard -- and don’t want to invest too much -- then Johnson likely fits as a mid-late round selection. Johnson is an unspectacular athlete on the field -- he has some short-area quickness, but isn’t going to out-athlete NFL-caliber defensive backs. That being said Rhett Ellison Jerseys 2019 , he does have the ability to get open, with a good release against off coverage and manipulating his route stems to create separation. Somewhat surprisingly, Johnson is slippery after the catch, using his play strength and field awareness to create space for himself and making the most of it. His ability to be a moveable piece, playing both inside and outside White Calvin Munson Jerseys , as well as from the backfield, and create on his own in space, all fit well within the Giants’ offense. He might need some development to get the hang of the precision route running needed to reach his ceiling in Pat Shurmur’s offense. However, he could eventually be a contributor as a possession receiver or a third option with Beckham and Shepard occupying a defense’s attention. Kyler Murray stepped on a scale and threw for those who turned out to watch him at Oklahoma’s Pro Day workouts on Wednesday, but he didn’t do the 40-yard dash or agility drills.That was also the case at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said there would be no point in Murray going through those paces because “he’s athletically so far beyond anything in this game.” Murray didn’t go quite that far Calvin Munson Jerseys 2019 , but did say that there was plenty of tape for scouts to watch when it came to his speed and agility.“I’d like to get out there to run, but I don’t think it’s that necessary for me,” Murray said, via ESPN.com. “I didn’t want to pull anything before I got the chance to throw. … I think the film kinda speaks for itself.”Murray said he thought he showed everybody he can make all the throws he’ll be asked to make in the NFL and he also pushed back at the notion that his meetings with teams at the Combine went poorly.“I felt amazing leaving the combine, every meeting I had went well White Ray-Ray Armstrong Jerseys ,” Murray said. “At least to my face, no one was negative. I had a great experience. … I don’t think I would’ve done what I did if I didn’t understand what defense were doing.”Murray met with a Giants contingent that included head coach Pat Shurmur after throwing, although they may wind up being one of 31 teams watching Murray go off the board to the Cardinals with the first overall pick if Arizona decides Murray is a better choice for their future than Josh Rosen.