Owning the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Giants are in prime position to add an impact player.
But which direction will they go with that pick?
It’s clear that the Giants have plenty of ways they could go, as the team went just 4-12 last year and hasn’t won more than five games since 2016.
Will they address one their need at offensive line with the pick, adding one of Dave Gettleman‘s highly valued “Hog Mollies,” or could they look to add a defensive playmaker, at cornerback or linebacker perhaps, to bring some new talent to Patrick Graham‘s side of the ball?
On Thursday, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who previously worked in the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, and Cleveland Browns’ scouting departments, was asked about the Giants’ No. 4 pick on his yearly pre-draft conference call.
“Well, they’ve got a lot of holes. You pick up there for a reason,” said Jeremiah. “And I get what you’re saying about finding some playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. But, look, as an organization, your number one priority is ensuring that Daniel Jones is going to grow and develop and be a success. So if I have to go through another year of watching some vanilla, boring defense lacking in playmakers, I’m going to do that if it means I can go ahead and get my left tackle that will protect this kid for the next 10 years. That would take priority for me.
“I know there’s depth at the tackle class. To me Mekhi Becton is a freak, from Louisville, an absolute freak. I’m not in the business of trading off freaks at a need position. He’s a left tackle. He’s a better version of Bryant McKinnie. He’s going to be that guy for the next 10 to 12 years to protect your franchise quarterback. He’s so big, so long, so athletic, even when he is not perfect, it doesn’t matter because nobody can get through him. He’s 6’7″, 370 pounds. You just don’t see guys like that come around very often. I know trade-back options exist. I know you can take a defensive playmaker. To me I’m not trading off that pick. I’m sitting there right there taking Mekhi Becton.”
Shoring up the right tackle spot, where Mike Remmers struggled in 2019, would certainly make sense for the Giants, who could then later slide that young tackle over to the left side when the team eventually moves on from Nate Solder.
Sources told SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano that the Giants already “love” Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs, and that the Giants have expressed similar interest in Alabama’s Jedrick Wills.
Becton, Wirfs, Wills, and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas all appear to be in the conversation for the top tackle in this year’s draft, and there’s a very good chance the Giants could have their choice with the fourth overall pick.