After the Giants agreed to a surprising trade with the Buccaneers on Thursday morning, in which Jason Pierre-Paul was sent back to his native Florida, speculation immediately began that the No. 2 pick could be earmarked for his replacement: Bradley Chubb, a defensive end out of North Carolina State.
Chubb is regarded as far and away the best defensive end prospect, and the Giants have a rich history of strong defensive lines. The last time the Giants had the No. 2 pick in a draft, they selected another ACC defensive player who became the best in their history: Lawrence Taylor.
“I would take it on with a [head] full of steam,’’ Chubb said at the Scouting Combine about comparisons to Taylor, which would come with being such a high pick. “Just go out there and compete to be my best. A lot of people are going to have expectations of me no matter how high I go or how low I go. It’s just something where I have to stay humble and keep working on myself.’’
Reid painted the decision Thursday as a transition from one form of protest to others, which he’s hoping to expand into activist work.
“From the beginning, Colin has been flexible,” Reid said, according to ESPN. “He started by sitting — he changed it up. We decided to kneel. And we understand that you’ve got to change with the times. I’m not going to say that I’m going to stop being active, because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active. Different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country. To improve the issues happening in this country.”
Reid continued the protest of racial injustice and police brutality last season as Kaepernick was unable to find a job. Now Reid has not received any reported contract offers despite strong play on the field, including a Pro Bowl selection in 2013 and over 60 tackles the past two seasons.
“I know my agent is in communication with a couple teams. No numbers have been talked about. No visits have been talked about. Just see what happens,” he said.
Other current and former NFL players have spoken out in favor of Reid while he looks for employment. Richard Sherman, who signed with the 49ers last week, was the most vocal, telling reporters Tuesday he was “concerned” because he believes Reid has built up enough of a résumé to earn a team’s faith.