What’s the No. 1 ‘need’ on the New York Giants’ roster right now?
Hogmollies! And GM Dave Gettleman is keen on collecting as many as possible. So, how can the Giants secure two quality and potential day-one starters at the position in the draft?
Big Blue already holds the No. 34 pick in the draft, putting them in prime position to grab UTEP guard Will Hernandez. The stud offensive lineman recorded 37 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine and is one of the strongest available at his position.
“Team sources say that Hernandez has interviewed well with teams. If Hernandez was taller with longer arms, a little quicker, and a little more athletic, he would be a sure-fire first-round pick. As it stands, he is likely to go in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. ”
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Grabbing a man that can dig his hands into a defensive tackle’s frame and stop them in their tracks is essential. The strength Hernandez possesses is unparalleled. He would be an immediate upgrade for the Giants at guard, where they currently have John Jerry and Patrick Omameh.
The package deal:
For the Giants, addressing the offensive line should be the priority in rounds 2-3. They recently received an additional third-round pick from the Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay trade.
With the Giants now acquiring the No. 69 and No. 66 picks in the third-round, they could potentially package those picks to move up into the second round.
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What players would be available that may entice Gettleman and the Giants?
1.) Isaiah Wynn
— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) January 25, 2018
Wynn was a tempered run blocker for the Bulldogs last season. His fierce mentality and aggressive nature is exactly what you’re looking for in an offensive lineman. He’s on the shorter side at 6-foot-2, but his strength and bullish attitude raises his stock.
The Georgia product is projected to be a guard or center in the NFL, which could be a good haul for the Giants. Grabbing Hernandez and Wynn would plug in two quality guards, or they can keep Omameh at left guard and plug Wynn in at center. Brett Jones can once again be utilized as a quality depth player.
2.) Orlando Brown
Scouting OTs today and pleasantly surprised at how agile #OrlandoBrown is. Yes he ran a 5.85 40, worst I can ever remember, but he’s strong, nasty and has decent feet. A smart team will get a steal on draft day if they just ignore his measurables and go off his tape. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/XTcNCUolo5
— Jon Anderson (@dfwprosportsjon) March 5, 2018
Moving up into the second could also give the Giants a shot at Oklahoma lineman Orlando Brown. Despite the fact that he had one of the worst combines in history, he has the tools to develop into a quality tackle. He’s eerily reminiscent of Ereck Flowers, so this time around the Giants can’t botch the investment.
Brown is projected to be either a guard or right tackle. New York would be smart to take a flier on him and develop his physical abilities to eventually plug him in at right tackle. Flowers was rushed into playing time far too quickly, and they can’t rush the process if they were to grab brown.
The final haul:
Acquiring Will Hernandez and either Wynn or Brown would immediately upgrade the offensive line and set them up nicely for the future. They would still have several holes on both sides of the ball, but ensuring that the trenches are addressed is a big plus for a team that has struggled to build a solid offensive line in recent years.