A week after former UCLA coach Jim Mora was far less effusive than he arguably should have been when praising former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, Alabama coach Nick Saban has said all the right things about former Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.

“As a player, is he a top-five pick? Yeah,” Saban recently told Scott Petrak of the Elyria (Oh.) Chronicle-Telegram.

In a question about Barkley, Manning was asked what a player like that could do for the Giants’ offense.

“You never know what is going to happen on draft day,” Manning said. “The Giants, that’s why they have all the scouts and Dave Gettleman and the coaches in doing all their work to figure out who is available and who is the best player to kind of help us out going forward. There is no point in speculating who you might draft or what’s going to happen here or there, we’ve just got to wait until draft night and see what happens.”

Prior to Monday, when the players could finally open up football communication with Shurmur and the coaches, Manning said he and Davis Webb have been watching video of Shurmur’s offense with the Vikings from last season to get an idea as to what the Giants will be doing this season.

So where does that leave Bryant, who is scheduled to make $12.5 million in salary and has a $16.5 million cap hit? Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys would meet with Bryant soon.

New receivers coach Sanjay Lal has exchanged text messages with Bryant and hopes to work with the star receiver this season.

“My impressions are he’s a competitive guy,” Lal said. “Obviously he’s not happy with what happened last year in terms of his game. I’m excited to work with him and help him as much as I can.

“I think together we can go good places.”

Lal also is excited by the additions of Thompson, who he worked with in Buffalo in 2014, and Hurns, who Lal met in the recruitment process. Lal’s recommendations convinced the Cowboys to sign both receivers.bills_046