The world is the New York Giants’ oyster with the No. 4 overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. They will have their pick of quality left tackles and playmaking linebackers to finally address those longstanding needs.

But will they? In his first two drafts as the Giants general manager, Dave Gettleman has gone against the grain both times. In 2018, he chose running back Saquon Barkley second overall in a quarterback-heavy draft class. Last year, in a class littered with defensive studs, he selected quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the first round.

This year, Gettleman will likely shock the football world again but how he’ll do it is going to frustrate Giant fans.

The rumbling throughout the NFL Combine is that Gettleman is leaning towards taking a defensive lineman with the fourth pick.

What? Didn’t they just load up on the d-line last year, and aren’t they going all-in on re-signing Leonard Williams? Yes, and yes.

Derrick Brown, a 6-foot-5, 326-pound monster out of Auburn has apparently caught the eye of Gettleman and you kana what happens when a player catches his eye.

From Matt Lombardo of New Jersey Advance Media:

This is Gettleman’s modus operandi: He loves linemen.

On paper, the Giants don’t appear to be the sort of team that need to draft another defensive tackle when they have more pressing needs at linebacker, cornerback and on the offensive line.

But Gettleman might have a hard time passing Brown up with the Giants’ fourth overall pick, or trading back for him. Multiple NFL talent evaluators told NJ Advance Media’s Matt Lombardo that the Giants are “serious about trading back” in this year’s draft with Brown being their top target.

So, don’t be surprised if Brown is the player the Giants end up with in the first round.

Lombardo believes the Giants could draft Brown and possibly trade Dalvin Tomlinson, a player who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He also reminds us that this is a brand new staff who have different opinions of the current roster.

Head coach Joe Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham may want to bring in another anchor on the line to compliment Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams (if signed).