Joe Schoen eyeing James Bradberry’s resolution after 11 picks in the NFL Draft – The Denver Post

Giants GM Joe Schoen was aware Saturday after completing his first NFL Draft that he needs to resolve this impasse with veteran James Bradberry.

“Let’s work on it,” Schoen said. “We had some conversations. I spoke to their representatives. So let’s see how far this goes. I don’t have a definitive answer on that right now, but we’re working on some contingency plans.”

Bradberry, 28, is expected to be traded. He has an unsustainable salary cap, and the Giants made it clear earlier this offseason that he wasn’t in their plans as a player.

The corner did not report to the offseason program pending a resolution. If Schoen cannot find a suitable commercial return, he can release Bradberry immediately.

The GM recently said he was aware that it could have an adverse effect on the locker room if the Giants kept Bradberry on for so long that it impeded his chances of employment elsewhere.

The Giants really need Bradberry’s talents in their fine secondary, but they’ve never shown interest in discussing an extension after this final year of his contract.

“I’m not going to put a timeline on it while we’re working on it, so I don’t know how long it’s going to take,” Schoen said. “But we’re working on a few things.”


The Giants made six picks Saturday and 11 total this weekend for their biggest draft class since 2003 (11). Schoen started with nine picks and traded twice in the second round to acquire two more. Meet Saturday’s selections from the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds:

Round four, #112: Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State — 6-4, 253 pounds. He caught 68 passes for 771 yards and five touchdowns in four seasons for the Aztecs. He said Saturday that “my heart was pounding when I got the call” from the Giants. He had a pre-pro-day dinner with assistant GM Brandon Brown at Lily’s in San Diego. Bellinger, 21, said the strength of his game is “blocking and being versatile in both passing and running.” Schoen also sees the skill of the special teams. Some scouts questioned its long-term durability, according to The Athletic.

Round four, #114: Dane Belton, S, Iowa — Schoen and DC Wink Martindale like its “versatility”. 6 feet, 205 pounds. First-team All-Big Ten in third and final college season with 46 tackles, 12 passes defended, five interceptions, three tackles to a loss. 4.43 40-yard rush. Belton, 21, said he “made the calls many times on defense” for the Hawkeyes. He believes that “having to do that in the NFL was something that I think might have intrigued” the Giants. He played with two safety points on base, nickel against the pass to guard slot receivers, blitz. Giants their only top 30.

Fifth round, #146: Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana — 6-1, 240 pounds. Second team All-Big 10 for Hoosiers. Leading team with 77 tackles, 15.5 tackles per loss, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2021. Special team skill. McFadden, 22, said “my game is physical” and “[I] can go after the quarterback”, but the main focus is to be “a dominant force in the middle”. Schoen sees “very good size, speed”, he can play it inside and out, and he is a “good blitzer”. The toe injury limited some pre-draft work, but he is doing fine now.

Round five, #147: DJ Davidson, DT, Arizona State — 6-3, 327 pounds. Nose fitting. “Depth player with advantage”, by Schoen. Played for former Giants LB Antonio Pierce. “He would always put his movie on, always see clips on Twitter of him being a monster on the pitch.” Second-team All-Pac 12 in 2021. 57 tackles, 6.5 for a loss, and a half sack last season. He started playing football in his freshman year of high school. It turns 25 in September.

Round five, #173: Marcus McKethan, G, North Carolina — 6-6, 340 pounds. Right guard who played a little tackle. Developmental player, the second Tar Heels forward selected by the Giants this weekend. Willing and able to learn to face professionals. “I just love contact,” he said. Schoen called him a “great human being”.

Sixth round, #182: Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati — 6-3, 237 pounds. Schoen said the 22-year-old Beavers did some work as an outfield pass rusher on the Bearcats’ professional day and that “might be part of the package” to help Martindale’s defense. Beavers said “my football intelligence” is a key trait, diagnosing offense plans before the snap. Five-year-old, UConn transfer. First-team All-ACC in 2021 with 99 tackles, 12 for a loss, five sacks. The Eagles traded over the Giants to take Kansas’ LB Kyron Johnson to 181st before the Beavers’ pick.


First Round, #5: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon

First round, #7: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Round Two, #43: Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky

Third round, #67: Joshua Ezeudu, G, North Carolina

Third round: No. 81: Cor’Dale Flott, CB, LSU

Round four, #112: Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State

Round four, #114: Dane Belton, S, Iowa

Fifth round, #146: Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana

Round five, #147: DJ Davidson, DT, Arizona State

Round five, #173: Marcus McKethan, G, North Carolina

Sixth round, #182: Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati

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