The New York Giants are finally getting close to finalizing their coaching staff for the 2020 NFL season. After that is complete, only one question will remain. What will the 2020 Giants roster look like? Free agency kicks off on March 18th, which is when we will start to really see some pieces fall into (or out of) place. The lead up to the NFL Draft will begin painting a clearer picture of what the Giants will do with the 4th overall pick.
Giants 7 Round Mock Draft
Round 1 – Pick 4
Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia
There are two important aspects of the Giants offense that need to be addressed with this regime change. Protecting Daniel Jones and his tendency to fumble, as well as utilizing Saquon Barkley the way he should be. Andrew Thomas is an answer to both.
Thomas is a powerful tackle that excels in the run game. He can set the edge for Barkley, letting him get into space to do what Saquon does best. Thomas does need to work on footwork a bit before he develops into a high quality left tackle. However, for an offense that will get the ball out of the QB’s hands quickly, his power will translate very well. Alabama’s Jedrick Wills and Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs may have be slightly better in pass protection, but Thomas is the perfect fit for the Giants.
Round 2 – Pick 36
Patrick Queen, LB LSU
Possibly the biggest riser from the National Championship game, LSU linebacker Patrick Queen is the three down LB Giants nation has desired. Queen has tremendous sideline to sideline range. In the title game, he showed off his coverage abilities and intelligence in the game. He blew up screens, covered offensive weapons down field and got into the backfield to disrupt the pass. With the addition of LB Coach Kevin Sherrer, look for New York to give him players to work with. Patrick Queen would be quite an addition and an immediate impact player.
Round 4 – Pick 100
Alton Robinson, EDGE Syracuse
I’m expecting the Giants to sign a talented pass rusher in free agency, which would make the need to draft one a little less important. However, adding depth and talent is still important. Insert Orangemen Alton Robinson. Robinson was impressive during the Senior Bowl, accounting for two sacks in the game. The New York Giants scouting staff had meetings with many players during the Senior Bowl week. Alton Robinson was one of them. Robinson will need to improve on his technique, but he can quickly develop into a worthwhile rotational pass rusher.
Round 5 – Pick 132
Adam Trautman, TE Dayton
Another standout player from the Senior Bowl, Adam Trautman could hear his name called much earlier than this. However, if he’s available here, he would be a great addition for the Giants. Evan Engram has been good, not great with some injury history. Kaden Smith looked promising at the end of the season, but will that success be maintained in a full season. Rhett Ellison may no longer be a Giant. Adding to the tight end position may be an overlooked need for this team.
Trautman still has some work to do, but his basketball background makes him a great target in the red zone. The Giants could utilize him in different positions across the offense. Trautman began his career in Dayton as a quarterback before transitioning to tight end. Will the Giants be able to utilize his passing ability? If nothing else, it is fun to consider.
Round 6 – Pick 163
Chase Claypool, WR Notre Dame
A big, physical wide receiver is something the Giants need and something Jason Garrett loves to have. Chase Claypool could be that guy for New York. Claypool is a very reliable wide receiver that has a bit more of a diverse route tree than you’d see for a big guy. His speed is questionable, but paired up with Darius Slayton, he would likely see some space to get open.
Round 7 – Pick 195
Reggie Robinson II, DB Tulsa
Another guy that had solid Senior Bowl moments, Reggie Robinson II could be the versatile asset the New York Giants covet. In the Senior Bowl, Robinson delivered a hit that jarred the ball loose from Baylor running back JaMycal Hasty. Robinson can play cornerback or deep safety, which would be important for the New York Giants. His ability to track the ball carrier could see him succeed as a special teams ace in the beginning of his career.
Round 7 – Pick 215
Calvin Throckmorton, OT Oregon
It is no secret that Nate Solder has not played up to the contract he was given. Solder has expressed his willingness to play a different position along the offensive line. However, if that doesn’t work, it is important that the Giants have good depth and talent to develop. Throckmorton would be a worthwhile addition to see if he can develop into a quality depth player. Calvin has very good power and punch, but will need to work on his footwork and burst off the snap to be a starter in the NFL.