Draft day is finally here! Due to sports being on hold for now, this has to be the most anticipated draft of all time. This is all we got for a while, so I’m going to try to really enjoy this year’s draft.
Unfortunately, how much I enjoy the NFL Draft severely depends on what the New York Giants do. Last year I went to Nashville for the draft, and let’s just say I was a little unhappy with the Daniel Jones selection.
Yes, yes, I know. I was wrong and now I’m extremely happy to have Daniel Jones in Giants blue. But, at the time, I wanted Dave Gettleman fired for passing on Josh Allen and Dwayne Haskins. Hey, can I get a mulligan on that one?
This year, I don’t foresee any Daniel Jones esque reactions. There are a lot of really great players available for the Giants to pick at fourth overall, and they have a lot of pressing needs. A franchise offensive lineman, a defensive playmaker or an offensive weapon for Daniel Jones, I’ll be good with a lot of picks.
In this article, I put our potential picks into tiers, from where Giants fans should be jumping for joy to where they should turn the TV off and give up. Here are the power rankings of the possible picks for New York:
Tier One: YES! YES! YES!
Isiah Simmons: I wrote a whole article on why Isiah Simmons should be the pick. He’s an absolute game-changer, and the Giants could deploy him all over the field in defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s scheme. If I was making the pick, Simmons would be in blue.
Jedrick Wills: My favorite of all the offensive lineman is Jedrick Wills out of Tuscaloosa. Wills is a game-wrecker, proficient in both the passing and run games. He brings great size, technique and an edge to his game that the Giants sorely need. Joe Judge said he wants to come out and ‘punch you in the nose’, Wills brings that attitude from a winning culture.
Tier Two: Alright .. I’m Satisfied
Andrew Thomas: At this time last year, Thomas was the consensus best overall offensive lineman. Honestly, not much has changed, as I think his fall is due more to scouts overthinking his game over the last year. This is still the same Thomas who can do it all, and protected Jake Fromm’s blindside over the last couple seasons. In my opinion, he’s the most pro ready tackle and would step into the left tackle spot immediately. Also, he shut down possible Dallas Cowboys selection K’Lavon Chaisson when Georgia faced LSU, so that would be a plus if it shakes out that way.
Tristan Wirfs: The big man out of Iowa has been scouted heavily by the Giants, and I believe this is who they’re going to pick. While I wouldn’t be mad about it, I’m not as big of a fan of Wirfs as I am Wills or Thomas. Wirfs predominantly played right tackle at Iowa, and is a much better run blocker than pass blocker. He would fill a need for the Giants, but I believe he should be the third tackle off the board.
Tier Three: WHY?
Jeff Okudah: I love Jeff Okudah the prospect, I just don’t know if the Giants are in a spot to pick a cornerback after putting so many assets into the position already. They drafted De’Andre Baker in the first last year, Julian Love in the fourth and signed James Bradberry to big money this offseason. The Giants would be getting a shut-down corner, but at the trade-off of missing out on filling some huge holes.
Mekhi Becton: Personally, I’m a big fan of Becton. He’s an athletic freak and could end up being the best of all the offensive lineman by a mile. But, he’s also a big risk. His technique isn’t nearly as sound as the other three, and the last time the Giants picked a tackle based on athleticism and not technique they ended up with Ereck Flowers. The Giants can’t afford to swing for the fences and strike out on another offensive lineman. They must hit on this pick, and Becton is too risky for them.
Tier Four: #FireGettleman
Derrick Brown: Brown could end up being the best player in this draft, but the Giants cannot afford the draft him. Similar to cornerback, Dave Gettleman has already invested way too much into the Giants interior defensive line, without finding a playmaker at edge. With Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, BJ Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson and Rocky McIntosh, the Giants are set at interior defensive line for the foreseeable future. They need to use this pick at a different position.
A Quarterback: No. Not happening. I don’t care how much Dave Gettleman loves Justin Herbert, Daniel Jones is their guy.
Bonus: Possibilities After Trading Back
Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs III: Any of these three would provide Daniel Jones a playmaker that would help the Giants put up some serious points. The amount of talent on the offense, infused with one of these wide receivers, would make Jason Garrett a very happy man.
Patrick Queen or Kenneth Murray: Queen and Murray are two fantastic linebacker prospects who the Giants should be all over. They could anchor the defense for years to come, and become the leaders that the Giants sorely need. With Blake Martinez and Ryan Connelly in place, adding Queen or Murray would make the linebacker go from a weakness to a strength for the Giants.
Cesar Ruiz: Ruiz would become an instant starter with the Giants along the offensive line at center. He’s been flying up draft boards recently, as more teams are taking notice of his talent. He definitely wouldn’t be the pick at fourth overall, but if they trade back, things could get interesting.
Pass Rushers: K’Lavon Chaisson, Yetur Gross-Matos or A.J. Epensa: An edge rusher is a huge need for the Giants, and any of these three would step in as the most talented guy they have at the position. A young pass rushing core of one of these prospects, Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines could grow together into a dominant position group.