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New York Giants Keeping Close Eye on SMU RB Traylon Shead Ahead of Supplemental Draft

July 8th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Although the New York Giants appear to have a packed house at the running back position, they were one of nine teams on hand to watch SMU running back Traylon Shead during his Pro Day on July 2nd, reports The Star-Ledger.

The 6'2'', 225 lbs. Shead, who was the 16th-ranked running back recruit coming out of High School, originally committed to Texas but eventually landed with SMU following Junior College. He decided to forego his senior season and officially declared for the NFL Supplemental Draft back in January.

Shead was expected to lead the way for SMU in 2013, but after suffering injuries against Texas Tech in the opening game of the season, and then later against Temple, he finished the year with only 197 yards on 51 carries (3.9 ypc) and one touchdown. He also hauled in six receptions for 26 yards.

In addition to the Giants, the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears also attended his workout. Some reports would also seem to suggest there was a 10th team in attendance, but that has not been confirmed.

Any team that makes a pick in the NFL Supplemental Draft forfeits that same selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. A year ago, no players were selected in the Supplemental Draft, while the Cleveland Browns selected wide receiver Josh Gordon (second-round) in 2012, with the Oakland Raiders selecting quarterback Terrelle Pryor (third-round) in 2011.

The last time the Giants made a selection in the NFL Supplemental Draft was in 1994 when they selected defensive back Tito Wooten (fourth-round). Previous to that, they selected quarterback Dave Brown (first-round) in 1992.


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5 Responses to “New York Giants Keeping Close Eye on SMU RB Traylon Shead Ahead of Supplemental Draft”

  1.  fanfor55years says:


    Can’t give away draft picks in 2015 when those could be critical in gaining young talent for a rising team. And we don’t need more running backs.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Assuming Wilson is cleared as expected drafting this kid would mean either Hillis is cut or may like I have been suggesting he’s moved to FB. I know we have 2 very good traditional FBs. But what I have seen in the past with GB’s offense and just the west coast offense in general the mostly blocking FBs are not a great fit. There are not many I formation type of sets and the 2 split back set is a different type of FB blocker that means you can get away with a lessor blocker. Hillis is not just some big guy like Jacobs who I’m suggesting be made a FB. Hillis was a FB only in college where he blocked for McFadden and Felix Jones. Hilllis skill wise fits the Kuhn role played the last few seasons and adds more as a runner and pass catcher. I definitely don’t see any need for 2 FBs as some have suggested and really don’t see a great need for 1 FB. one of our TEs, a backup OL or another position can play FB in short yardage when needed. Basically it seems that keeping a FB with how much he’s likely to used in this offense is like keeping a kickoff specialist. Kuhn was used a lot in a one RB sets in previous years and I just don’t see why we would ever use Hynoski or Conner over Hillis in those sets. Plus where’s the real value of either FB on special teams? I just don’t see why we are keeping a specialty player for just a handful of plays each game when I don’t see the drop off to a TE as much of one.

    •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      I know I am being sentimental built both these boys are capable of playing Alex Webster style fullback. I know Krow likes Hillis in that role but I do not think he could survive the punishment. 55 will remember that Alex played many roles from the left HB position making it difficult for the def. to Key on anyone back.

  3.  Krow says:

    I’ve said it before … but Hillis is the only vet who fills the McAdoo mold of “versatile FB”.

  4.  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

    Besides our last to S. Draft choices S**ked!

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