New York Giants: Two fantastic alternative draft picks that aren’t named Chase Young

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas, Georgia Bulldogs

With the New York Giants winning two consecutive games, they have effectively put themselves out of Chase Young territory in the 2020 NFL Draft. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, considering the value of a winning culture for the young locker room core of Big Blue, it did ultimately cost them a shot at a generational pass rusher.

However, no player is ever a guaranteed success, which leads us to two other options that could provide a boost for different units. Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas now lead the pack to become New York Giants players in 2020, and selecting either one would be a good move.

The New York Giants should expect Gettleman to harp on the trenches:

It’s likely that GM Dave Gettleman will likely be heading the charge once more for the Giants, and with his preference typically landing on the offensive line, the selection of Thomas could very well be justified.

The first-team All-American is considered to be the most dominant run blocker in the upcoming draft, due to his strength and speed moving linebackers at the second level. If Gettleman is keen on making Saquon Barkley even more useful, Thomas is the right choice here. At 6-foot-5 and 320-pounds, Thomas isn’t easily moved in the trenches, and considering his 13 starts at left tackle this season, the Giants could quickly move on from Nate Solder and plug the Bulldog right into the position.

Alternatively, Thomas could slot in at right tackle, replacing Mike Remmers, who Hal Hunter claims is the leader of the offensive line room.

However, Simmons also offers immense potential and value for the defense. If the Giants feature the 3-4 scheme next season, Simmons would pair well with Ryan Connelly. The Clemson product is often referred to as the best player on the field, and his statistical totals certainly advocate for that statement. His 93 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 7.0 sacks, and two interceptions provide enough evidence to make him the Giants’ pick.

Simmons isn’t only an elite tackler, but he’s fantastic in coverage as well. He compares well with Colts’ Darius Leonard, as they both contain top-end speed and versatility unparalleled at the linebacker position.

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.”

The New York Giants could solidify the right tackle position with a monster draft pick

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

The New York Giants need to allocate draft capital and salary-cap space towards several positions on both sides of the ball. However, the most detrimental position is offensive tackle, where Nate Solder and Mike Remmers protect both edges.

Remmers, who was signed this off-season to replace Ereck Flowers who started at right tackle last year, is tied for ninth in the league with four sacks allowed. He has been abysmal through nine weeks and forced Daniel Jones to run for his life at times.

Head coach Pat Shurmur is familiar with Remmers who played for him with the Minnesota Vikings. Back then, he was a bit more refined in his abilities and hadn’t succumbed to back surgery. Clearly, signing him was a desperation move and a plug-in player until the organization was able to find a better starter.

What does the 2020 NFL Draft offer the New York Giants?

The 2020 NFL draft offers several solutions for the Giants at the position. The top option is Giorgia tackle, Andrew Thomas. Thomas has been very good for Georgia this year as a shut down past protector and overall contributor in the ground game. He has faced off against top edge rushers and held them in check, protecting Jake Fromm from any further damage.

The most enticing aspect of Thomas is that he is capable of holding his own in the past and run game. This would benefit Jones in the pocket and star running back Saquon Barkley on the ground. Despite playing left tackle at the college level this season, moving over to the right side might make his life easier, considering he would be on Jones’ vision side. He played right tackle as a true freshman, starting there all season and helped the Bulldogs produce a fantastic rushing attack.

The Giants would benefit greatly from his skillset and mauling attitude. Injecting him into an offensive line consisting of Kevin Zeitler, Will Hernandez, Nate Solder, and Jon Halapio would be extremely beneficial. We can imagine general manager Dave Gettleman will also address the center position, especially after witnessing Halapio‘s regression this season. If he can bolster the offensive front with a fresh center and right tackle, Jones will be in a good place moving forward. They can also utilize Barkley and a more efficient way, opening up holes and running through the scheme.

While the Giants do you need help at the tackle position, an expected top five draft choice holds a lot of value. They could elect to bring in a new linebacker to solidify the middle of the defense. It all depends on what position Gettleman sees the most value in and if there are free agent players available.