Whispers from around the NFL
Pro Football Weekly is hearing whispers that the Giants are poised to select a linebacker high in the NFL draft later this month.
• Another indication the Giants are leaning toward drafting a linebacker early: Vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara has been at the pro days of four schools with first-round caliber OLBs -- Alabama (DeMeco Ryans), Miami (Fla.) (Rocky McIntosh), Iowa (Chad Greenway) and Florida State (Ernie Sims and Kamerion Wimbley).
• We hear the Niners really have their fingers crossed that C Jeremy Newberry will be able to start alongside newly acquired OLG Larry Allen on the offensive line, but the odds that Newberry's surgically repaired right knee will allow him to do so remain 50-50 at best.
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