New York Giants: Derrick Brown could land in top 5 picks, should we be worried? (Report)

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Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Derrick Brown (5) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Should we be worried, the New York Giants will select Derrick Brown with the 4th overall pick.

When the NFL Combine was in full swing, the New York Giants were linked to Auburn defensive tackle, Derrick Brown, who’s draft stock has risen significantly in recent weeks. Brown was always projected as a top-10 pick, but ESPN’s Jordan Raanan believes he could slide into the top-5, making the Giants are a real possibility.

Given the Bengals are locked into Joe Burrow, Washington is in on Chase Young, and Detroit has been linked to Jeff Okudah, there are only about 2/3 teams that would select Brown in the top-5. Assuming he will go in that range, the Giants have a 33% chance of picking him, with the other two teams being Detroit and Miami.

GM Dave Gettleman recently stated that you cannot have too many great players at one position, attesting to our biggest fear — Brown being selected. However, this is all but set in stone, considering Isaiah Simmons will likely be available with the 4th overall pick, and the Giants have their choice of top offensive tackles.



An interesting draft move:

While I think it would be ludicrous to draft the Auburn standout at No. 4, considering Gettleman spent the 17th overall pick on Dexter Lawrence last year if the Giants traded back, they could execute one interesting yet blasphemous trade back.

The Giants could move back 1/2 slots and draft Brown, selling high on Dalvin Tomlinson and re-tooling the defensive front with three high-powered, multi-faceted players, which allows them to scheme a pass-rush for the time being due to incredible interior pressure.

However, I would stay simple and draft an offensive lineman to protect Daniel Jones’s blind-side and assist in Saquon Barkley’s dominance. Allocating high draft picks toward pricey positions, especially at left tackle, is a major positive to the decision.