Why The New York Giants Should Try To Trade Down With The Raiders In The 2020 NFL Draft

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The New York Giants are undergoing major changes this offseason. After going 9-23 over the past two seasons, the Giants fired head coach Pat Shurmur. His replacement, Joe Judge, has vowed to establish a winning culture and get the Giants back on track.

The Giants have one of the NFL’s least talented rosters. Not a single player on the Giants’ roster was selected to participate in the 2020 Pro Bowl. There is plenty of young talent on the roster that the Giants will need to continue to develop.

Rebuilding teams often feature a lot of youth since the way to correctly rebuild a team is through the draft. The Giants had an excellent 2019 NFL Draft class, securing their franchise quarterback in Daniel Jones and picking up a few solid starters in the later rounds. The Giants need to knock the 2020 NFL Draft out of the park to get this roster back on track. In order to do this, the Giants should trade back with the Oakland Raiders.

The Mock Trade

The Giants hold the 4th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Las Vegas Raiders currently hold two first-round draft picks. Vegas owns the 12th pick and the 19th pick. According to the NFL Draft Trade Chart by Pro Football Reference, the Giants’ pick is worth 1,800 points. The Raiders’ 12th pick is worth 1,200 points and their 19th pick is worth 875 points.

The Raiders’ two draft picks combine for 2,075 points, more than enough to move up to the 4th overall pick. In fact, the Giants would probably have to swap a couple of late-round picks with Vegas. But let’s take a look at the first round and examine the clear and obvious benefits of trading down with the Raiders.

The 12th Overall Pick

Rumors were swirling around the last offseason that head coach of the Raiders Jon Gruden was interested in trading up in the draft to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. Some seem to believe that the Raiders are ready to move on from Derek Carr. If this is true, the 4th pick is a perfect spot to trade up to in order to draft one of the class’s top signal-callers, such as Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert.

Trading back to the 12th overall pick will still allow for the Giants to secure a building block player. Many recent mock drafts currently have players such as Jerry Jeudy, Isaiah Simmons, and Tristan Wirfs being drafted on or near the 12th pick. Anyone of these players would solidify that position for the Giants as one of the strongest on the roster.

Isaiah Simmons would be the perfect player to build around on defense. He is a versatile linebacker that can line up anywhere on the defense and make plays in coverage, run defense, and even as a pass-rusher. Jerry Jeudy is an explosive receiver with elite route-running and dependable hands. Tristan Wirfs would be a massive upgrade at either one of the Giants’ offensive tackle positions.

Now, there is a chance that these three prospects are all off the board by the 12th overall pick. However, there are plenty of talented prospects that will be available with this pick. And the true benefit of trading down with the Raiders is that the Giants would be able to land, not one, but two first-round talents.

The 19th Overall Pick

If the Giants were to make this trade, they would be securing two starters in the first round of the draft. These two building-block players they could select would be the first step in creating a more complete and competitive roster.

Many mock drafts have players like Kristian Fulton, C.J. Henderson, and K’Lavon Chaisson. Kristian Fulton is a speedy cornerback who is excellent in man coverage out of LSU, a school known for producing elite defensive backs. C.J. Henderson is also a cornerback, though he has a bit of a different style. Henderson, out of the University of Florida, is a “long, gangly, and lanky” cornerback that has the physicality to make his presence known in run-defense, too. K’Lavon Chaisson is also a defensive prospect out of LSU. Chaisson is an uber-athletic edge rusher that showed flashes of excellent pass-rushing potential.

Regardless of who the Giants would opt to select with the 19th overall pick, the point is clear and obvious: New York has the opportunity to land two talented starters on rookie contracts if they trade down with the Raiders. With positions of need all over the field, this scenario allows the Giants to plug two holes at once and make strides in rebuilding their team.

New York Jets: What is Robby Anderson Worth to the New York Jets?

New York Jets, Robby Anderson

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is due to hit free agency in just a couple of months. Robby Anderson has been a fan favorite ever since he stepped on the field back in 2016. Robby’s story is one of dedication and sacrifice to reach the highest level of competition in the world. But has he done enough to earn a second contract with gang green?

 

Backstory

Robby Anderson came into the league as an undrafted player coming out of Temple University. During his time at Temple, he missed the 2014 season due to academic eligibility but also recorded the second-most ever reception and yardage totals in school history. Robby entered Jets training camp to earn a spot in a crowded wide receiver room that included stars like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. During training camp and preseason Robby impressed coaches and earned a roster spot over Charone Peake, Jeremy Ross, and Chandler Worthy.

Production

Robby Anderson has been the most productive wide receiver on the Jets since 2017 while also being the Jets only deep threat. Since he started in 2016 Robby has averaged 14.8 yards a catch and has recorded over 3000 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. Robby has also become Sam Darnold’s most trusted target over the past year, therefore increasing his value to the team. There is no doubt that Robby has been the Jets premier playmaker this past couple of years, but is he worth the 13-15-million-dollar price tag he allegedly wants?

Final Decision

The New York Jets have a big decision to make here but at the end of the day, I think they must cut bait with Robby Anderson. Robby has been great for the team, but he has never produced a 1000-yard season and is not a complete receiver. The upcoming draft is loaded with wide receivers that are just as good as Robby Anderson at just a fraction of the cost. If Robby Anderson wants to remain a New York Jet, he must lower his price tag to at least 10 million dollars. If the Jets were to pay a middle-tier wide receiver 13-15 million dollars in the name of chemistry, then it will demonstrate that they do not know how to evaluate talent and are content with overpaying average players.

 

The Jets Need to Stay Out of the Tua Tagovailoa Sweepstakes

Tua Tagovailoa

The NY Jets were like any other football team watching the Tua Tagovailoa lead Alabama Crimson Tide come back to beat the University of Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 College National Championship game. Salivating at the chance of drafting this kid. But he was a full two seasons away from being eligible for the draft. And the Jets drafted Sam Darnold. Now, Tua declared for the draft, and the Jets need to steer clear.

Sam Needs Help, Not a Threat

Sam Darnold is showing signs he’s progressing in the right direction. A competent backup is who the Jets should consider this offseason, and I made the argument that they should be all in on Joe Flacco as the direct backup to Sam. He had an injury that cost him games in 2018, and the mono set him (and the team) back this past season. Having someone to fill in without looking helpless is key for 2020, but drafting Tua will lead to Sam losing his job.

A body of work like Tagovailoa makes fans want to see what he can do sooner, rather than later. If Sam struggles over a couple of weeks, fan pressure will mount on the Jets to bench Sam for Tua. And once Tua goes in, no one will want to see him come out.

Tua’s History Should Scare The Jets

Much will be shrugged off over this, but the two surgeries he got for ankle sprains were largely elective. And the implant placed in Tua’s ankles can break, causing him to miss more time professionally to correct what was done. And that hip dislocation…

Lots are saying that the hip dislocation was a freak accident. But what if it wasn’t? This is a kid who, at 21 years old, had both his ankles operated on, and had to surgically repair a dislocated hip. This kid is injury prone. And do you really want an injury-prone quarterback? It’s what ultimately cost Ryan Tannehill his job in Miami.

There Are Too Many Moves to Make to Waste Draft Capital to Move up for Tua

We all know the Jets offensive line needs to be addressed. We know the defense can be strengthened, to become as elite as any defense in the league. We know we can get a viable backup and draft a third-string QB for when Sam misses time next season. We will lose so much maneuverability to do all of this if we trade away our draft picks, just to move up for Tua.

All of these and more is why the Jets need to keep far away from the Tua sweepstakes.

 

Could the New York Giants Replace Nate Solder with Star Georgia Tackle In 2020?

Will the New york Giants consider right tackle, Andrew Thomas, in the 2020 NFL Draft?

The New York Giants won their Week 16 matchup against the Washington Redskins. It was a thrilling, overtime victory. The game was touted as the “Chase Young Bowl.” According to The Draft Network and many Giants fans, the Giants made the most costly win of 2019 on Sunday.

NFL teams do not play to lose games. They are always playing to win because that is their job. But there had to be a part of most Giants fans that was secretly hoping their team would lose. Losing would have secured the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft for the Gmen.

Instead, the second overall pick now belongs to the division-rival Washington Redskins. The Giants now own the fourth pick in the draft. With one week left in the 2019 NFL season, it does not seem likely that New York will reposition itself in the top three picks. This win effectively takes them out of the Chase Young sweepstakes.

Giants fans are beginning to shift their focus to other draft prospects. Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on. But on the offensive side of the ball, it is a rich draft class at a position that the Giants need: offensive tackle. And the best offensive tackle in this year’s draft is Andrew Thomas.

Andrew Thomas Stats and Highlights

The New York Giants paid Nate Solder a record-breaking contract in the 2018 offseason. So far, they have not gotten what they paid for. Additionally, Solder is now 32 years old. There is no better time to find the left tackle of the future to solidify the offensive line and protect Daniel Jones’s blindside for a decade than this year’s draft.

There are plenty of second and third-round options that could be starting offensive tackles in this year’s draft. But there is one first-round prospect that stands out from the rest. Andrew Thomas, Georgia’s left tackle, has been incredibly consistent and efficient throughout his entire collegiate career.

Coming in at 6 feet 5 inches, 320 pounds, this hog molly is the perfect guy to anchor an offensive line. Andrew Thomas is a big boy, but he is surprisingly nimble for his size. Trevor Sikkema of The Draft Network had this to say about the draft’s top offensive tackle: “He has light feet but can anchor in an instant. He has the athleticism to block to the outside and redirection defensive to seal gaps. And he has the power to handle all kinds of bullrushes.”

Andrew Thomas was a three-year starter for Georgia. He played in a pro scheme in college and has plenty of experience against fierce competition in a pro scheme to benefit from. An offensive tackle like Thomas is precisely what the Giants need to give Daniel Jones to help him develop. Andrew Thomas allowed only 9 pressures in 2019. If the Giants decide to go offensive tackle with their top-five pick in 2020, Andrew Thomas would be a home-run selection.

New York Giants: Top Three Dream Prospects For The 2020 Draft

The New York Giants are currently sitting at a putrid 2-8 during their Week 11 bye. New York has six games left to play and, at this point, none of them a “gimmes.” It is not too soon for the Giants to start looking ahead to the upcoming NFL Draft.

Whether the Giants are picking first, third, or fifteenth overall, these are the three prospects they should dream of drafting and do everything they can to secure at least one of these guys, whether that be via a draft-day trade or a 3-13 record.

Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

The Giants have a huge need at offensive tackle. Nate Solder has not lived up to his contract so far and has played especially poor this season. Solder has allowed 8 sacks this season causing rookie quarterback Daniel Jones to get blindsided time after time.

Andrew Thomas would be a huge addition to the Giants’ offensive line. He is the top offensive tackle prospect in the draft and the Giants should be in a position to draft him if they want to. Thomas is Pro Football Focus’s highest-graded draft-eligible Power 5 offensive lineman in the country. According to PFF, “Thomas hasn’t allowed a single sack or QB hit this year on his 200 pass-blocking snaps while he’s powered his way to the fourth-highest run-blocking grade at the position.”

Drafting Andrew Thomas would secure Daniel Jones’s blindside for years to come.

Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason, leaving them without a true number one on the outside. They have been getting sound production out of Golden Tate and Darius Slayton this season, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring in a dominant receiver via the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jerry Jeudy is as dominant as they come. The Alabama receiver has rare speed and athleticism combined with extraordinary route running and catching ability that you just do not see very often.

As a sophomore in 2018, Jeudy was unguardable with 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jerry’s junior season has been no different. Through 9 games in 2019, Jeudy has already caught 57 passes for 753 yards and 9 touchdowns. Jerry Jeudy is a true playmaker and is bound to be towards the top of the Giants’ draft board.

Chase Young, Edge Rusher, Ohio State

Chase Young would be a slam-dunk pick for the New York Giants. Their lackluster pass-rush could use the best prospect in the draft class. Young has been consistently dominant in his collegiate career.

This year, Chase Young has been a force to be reckoned with. Chase Young has improved his sack total in 2019 to 13.5 sacks in only 8 games. He has also forced an insane 5 fumbles, as well as racking up 15.5 tackles for loss. This is historic production through 8 games. According to Pro Football Focus, Young’s 13.5 sacks are “are the most by any defender through the first nine weeks of a college football season since Carl Nassib had the same amount in 2015.”

2020 NFL Draft: New York Giants currently slotted third overall

The New York Giants sunk to 2-8 on the season after dropping a 34-27 decision to the New York Jets on Sunday. We know where that puts the Giants in the grand scheme of the NFL playoff picture, but where does the loss put them in the NFL Draft order?

If the season ended today, the Giants would select third overall behind the 0-9 Cincinnati Bengals and the 1-8 Washington Redskins. This would mark the fifth time in six years they would be drafting in the Top 10.

The odds of the Giants staying high up in the draft are very good. With six games remaining, they would be hard pressed to win more than three of them, meaning they’ll finish no better than 5-11. That should place them right about the same slot they picked last year – No. 6 overall – where they selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones.

It’s very possible the Giants finish worse than 5-11. They have two games against the surging Philadelphia Eagles, who have beaten the Giants in nine of their last ten meetings. Big Blue also has a trip scheduled to Soldier Field to face Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears and a Week 13 home game against Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers.

The only two so-called “winnable” games left on the schedule are a home game against the rapidly improving Miami Dolphins and a trip down to D.C. to face the Redskins. Even those games are not guaranteed.

The overall fan perspective of the team’s outlook is not very promising. In recent poll of our readers, we checked the confidence level of the direction of the team and 41 percent claimed they had ‘no confidence at all’, 34 percent said they were ‘not very confident, 20 percent said they ‘somewhat confident’ while just five percent answered that they were still ‘very confident’.

New York Giants: What Happens If The Giants Pass On A Quarterback This Year?

New York Giants, Eli Manning

The New York Giants hold the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Much speculation has been made over whether or not the Giants will draft a quarterback. Recent rumors regarding Eli Manning’s future seem to indicate that the Giants are not going to draft a quarterback.

If the Giants do not draft a quarterback, they have one other option. The Giants could try to trade for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. However, Rosen has a fairly competitive market, and it is unclear how interested in Rosen the Giants truly are.

We know the Giants do have interest in Josh Rosen, but that does not mean they are interested enough to win a bidding war for Josh. If the Giants do not draft a quarterback and they do not trade for Josh Rosen, then what will be left for them to do at quarterback?

Stick With Eli Manning

Some fans may think this is crazy, but sticking with Eli Manning for another year has its benefits. Eli is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career. Regardless of how fans and analysts dissect and interpret Eli’s play, there is no denying he is a beloved teammate and leader for the Giants.

In 2018, Eli Manning had the lowest interception total of his career with only 11. He also threw 21 touchdown passes with 4,299 yards. His 66% completion percentage was also a career high.

The Giants’ owners have not committed to Eli past 2019. However, there have not committed to letting him walk, either. The team is 100% committed to him this year and will once again try to put the right pieces around him to give him the chance to make a playoff run. If he plays well, expect to see him back in 2020.

Eli Manning has always brought one key thing to the table: availability. Manning has never missed a game and is always ready to suit up for Big Blue. With Eli, the Giants know what they’re getting and that provides them with a level of confidence.

Many fans and analysts seem to think that 2019 needs to be Eli’s last year, but it does not. If the Giants show improvement in 2019 and Eli plays well, they will keep him and worry about finding the next quarterback later on down the road.

However, if 2019 does not go as planned for Eli Manning, the Giants have other options at quarterback if they do not acquire one this year.

The 2020 Draft Class

Much has been made about the Giants and the 2019 NFL Draft class. There has been plenty of speculation about the Giants drafting quarterbacks in 2019 such as Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, or Drew Lock.

But if the Giants do not love any of these prospects, they will not force themselves to take one. They can always wait until next year. It just so happens that 2020 has some intriguing quarterback prospects.

One name that Giants fans might be familiar with is Justin Herbert. Herbert looked primed to be the 2019 NFL Draft’s top quarterback early in the NFL season. The Giants were also known to have a lot of interest in Herbert. Unfortunately for Big Blue, Justin decided to stay at Oregon for one more season of college football. He will be in the 2020 NFL Draft and he will be a highly-coveted prospect.

Justin Herbert is not the only quarterback prospect set to be taken in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama and Jake Fromm from Georgia are also receiving a lot of buzz as they head into their junior seasons. One problem with each of these players is actually the fact that they will be juniors in 2019, meaning they could choose to not declare for the draft in 2020.

It would be incredibly unfortunate for the Giants if they passed on a quarterback this year and were left with few options next year. This is why many will say they should just find their guy this year. For now, fans will wait and anticipate the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants are at a crossroads with many different options to choose from. The question is, where will they go from here?