Here’s one final three-round, New York Giants 2020 NFL Mock Draft to end them all:
We have heard every scenario the New York Giants could possibly take in the upcoming draft on Thursday, and most of them benefit the team significantly, while others ignore essential positions. General manager Dave Gettleman has one final season to prove his rebuild is working, and the foundation he has laid can propel the Giants to success.
However, it starts with the first round and which player can add the most value.
Round 1 (4th overall):
When you invest two top-10 picks into a quarterback and running back, it would be malpractice to avoid bolstering the offensive line. Gettleman has done a decent job plugging free agents and draft picks into the offenses protection scheme, but they ultimately need more reinforcement.
Left tackle Nate Solder was a turnstile in 2019, and Gettleman admitted as much. Replacing him in the draft could very well be how the Giants instill their faith In Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.
Alternatively, they would have to pass on Isaiah Simmons, who would add an incredible playmaker to the defense. The ideal scenario would be to trade back, and that is exactly what the Giants do with the fourth overall pick, moving back with the Los Angeles Chargers at number six, who falls for the Justin Herbert trick.
Not only do the Giants acquire another second-round pick, but they are still in play for Isaiah Simmons or an offensive tackle. Either way, they get an incredible player who will benefit the team tremendously moving forward.
Since Simmons is still on the board and Gettleman is a master offensive line evaluator, the Giants take the best player available.
PICK 1: Isaiah Simmons
Round 2 (picks 36 & 38):
The Giants still need to find a tackle, and adding a second-round pick from the Chargers allows them to pair the number 36 and number 38 selections to move up into the first round. Luckily, they were able to land Houston tackle Josh Jones, who is a fringe tier 1 tackle. This means they will have to pass on Jedrick Wills, Andrew Thomas, Mekhi Becton, and Tristan Wirfs, but they still land a fantastic player who has developmental upside. The Giants walk away with Simmons and a new tackle for the future in the first round, the best possible scenario.
PICK 2: Josh Jones
Round 3 (no. 99):
Considering the Giants still have four seventh-round picks at this point, packaging them to move up a bit isn’t a terrible idea.
However, Alabama DE/OLB Terrell Lewis remains available at number 99. While he did have an injury-plagued 2018 campaign, he was expected to be a top selection in the 2020 draft. Lewis is a talented pass rusher that ultimately was dealt a bad hand, but he has plenty of locked potential and could be a developmental piece moving forward. The Giants are high on Oshane Ximines, but they desperately need pass rush help, and Lewis can offer something as a rotational player in 2020.
According to NFL.com:
“He was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2019 after racking up 31 tackles, 11.5 for loss, six sacks and two pass breakups in 11 games (three starts).”
PICK 3: Terrell Lewis