- The New York Giants have the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft after finishing 4-12 last season
- A deep pool of offensive tackles is seemingly enticing to general manager Dave Gettleman
- The odds on all the Giants’ potential draftees can be found below
The New York Giants have missed the playoffs each of the last three seasons and seven of the past eight.
However, they can add a significant building block when the NFL Draft begins April 23. The Giants have the No. 4 pick after finishing 4-12 last season, their third straight year with double-digit losses.
New York Giants’ First Pick in 2020 NFL Draft Odds
|Henry Ruggs III||+5000|
Odds taken March 31
The first three picks are expected to be LSU quarterback Joe Burrow to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 1, followed by two Ohio State defenders, edge rusher Chase Young to the Washington Redskins and cornerback Jeff Okudah to the Detroit Lions.
Next up would be the Giants unless general manager Dave Gettleman decides to trade that selection for more picks. However, he has never traded out of the first round during his time as a GM with New York and the Carolina Panthers.
A deal would help the Giants replenish their inventory of picks, though. They gave up their third-round selection this year and their fifth-round choice in 2021 to the New York Jets in a trade for defensive lineman Leonard Williams last season.
Offensive Tackle Pool Deep
The odds say the Giants are likely to pick an offensive tackle and that makes sense. Second-year quarterback Daniel Jones could use extra protection and a lineman who could open holes for running back Saquon Barkley would be welcome.
— New York Giants (@Giants) March 31, 2020
There are four tackles who could potentially go at No. 4 — Louisville’s Mehki Becton, Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills and Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs.
Various draftniks have made a case for each member of that foursome as the best tackle on the board.
Becton is a better run blocker than pass protector at this point. However, he is a freakishly good athlete despite standing 6-foot-7, 354 pounds.
Becton has been clocked as fast as 5.05 seconds in the 40-year draft. He was also one of the more impressive offensive tackles at the NFL Combine.
Thomas was considered the best tackle prospect immediately after the 2019 college season ended. He is considered the best run blocker of the foursome and had the experience of playing in a pro-style offense in the SEC.
While Thomas made his mark opening holes for running back D’Andre Swift, he also is a solid pass blocker with his long arms and has the potential to improve.
— NFLBalkan (@NflBalkan) March 27, 2020
Wills made major strides last season. He is now considered an outstanding run blocker and an improved pass protector.
Wills has the type of upside that projects to becoming a much better player in the NFL than he was in college.
Like Becton, Wilfs raised his stock so much at the combine that he left many scouts believing he could someday ascend to All-Pro level.
Simmons Shines on D
It might be tough for the Giants to pass on Clemson inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons, though they did not necessarily need help at the position. Former Green Bay Packers tackle machine Blake Martinez was signed in free agency.
However, Simmons can play at every spot on the second level of the defense and frequently lined up at strong safety in college. He has the strength to stop the run and cover tight ends along with the speed to rush the passer and cover running backs.
Isaiah Simmons: Only player in college football with 80.0+ grades in all five facets. pic.twitter.com/Oi7cJye2LU
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 24, 2020
The Giants gave up 28.2 points a game last season, the third-worst mark in the league. Thus, Simmons does make some sense here and so would Okudah in the unlikely event the Lions pass on him.
Judging Jeudy’s Value
There is seemingly at least a chance the Giants might considering prioritizing giving Jones another receiving threat rather than help upfront.
Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy would give Jones a premier target and improve an offense that was 18th in the NFL in scoring with a 21.3 average last season.
Also, in 2019, no Giants wide receiver had more than 57 catches (Sterling Shepard) or 740 yards (Darius Slayton).
At +3300, Jeudy is worth at least a small wager.
However, it is instructive to note that Gettleman has an affection for “hog mollies,” which is what he calls offensive lineman.
The tackle class is one of the best in recent memory and Becton is generating the most buzz. Look for him to go the Giants at No. 4, though don’t’ sleep on Thomas at +600.
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