For the first time in five years, Giants fans can head into an off-season with some hope. We have Daniel Jones, who is a potential franchise quarterback that can eventually lead us to a Super Bowl. We have Joe Judge, an intriguing young coach aiming to change the culture here. We have some young pieces on both sides of the ball who are going to be able to contribute for the foreseeable future, but this year the Giants need to nail the draft. The Giants have many options with the fourth pick, and what they do with it is going to shape their future. These are four things the Giants can do with their pick this year.
Jeffrey Okudah was an absolute lock-down corner in college, and he has all the tools to be a pro bowl corner in the NFL. He has great size, athleticism, and toughness. Also, he’s been tested against high-level competition. More importantly, he is a hard-worker and locker-room leader, who can change the culture.
Isaiah Simmons is the definition of a versatile linebacker. A former safety, Simmons is excellent in coverage, as he has 14 pass deflections and four interceptions in the past two seasons. He had 192 tackles as well in his last two seasons, and he can rush the passer effectively, getting eight sacks last season. He has 4.39 speed, a 39 inch vertical and he’s 6’ 4”. Simmons is also a great leader.
There are many teams who could want one of the top four quarterbacks in this year’s draft. The Panthers, Dolphins, Chargers, Raiders, Jaguars, and Patriots are teams that could want Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, or Jordan Love. With the fourth pick, the Giants could trade down and pick up extra picks to build their team with. This seems like an option if the Giants want to take a tackle.
Sure Up the O-Line
Protecting Daniel Jones should be a priority in this year’s draft, and this is a good year for the tackle position. Jones needs a reliable tackle to minimize the number of hits he takes. Taking a tackle at four may be a reach, and it is a question of whether Gettleman wants to address the position in the first or second round.
I would be happy with the first three options, but I think trading down is the way to go. This is because none of the tackles in this year’s draft are worthy of being selected fourth overall. However, Jones does need a young and effective tackle to protect him for the next ten years, and this is still a very strong class. Take Jedrick Wills, Andrew Thomas, Mekhi Becton, or Tristan Wirfs. They are all legitimate options. With the two second-round picks they’ll have, the Giants can add two defensive pieces.