Andrew Thomas vs Chase Young is the Top Rookie Matchup for 2020

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas, Georgia Bulldogs

The New York Giants missed out on Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, arguably the best player in the 2020 NFL Draft, last week when the Washington Redskins selected Young with the second overall pick.

The Giants, picking fourth, countered that measure by taking Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, considered by many to be the best all-around left tackle prospect coming out of the collegiate ranks this year.

The Giants and Redskins – as NFC East Division rivals – face each other twice each season and Pro Football Focus believes the Young-Thomas head-to-head matchup is the top rookie battle to watch in 2020, and perhaps beyond.

“Two of the top four picks in the draft will see plenty of each other in the coming years. Young is the best defensive player in the draft, coming off the best season we’ve seen for an edge defender, with a 96.0 overall grade. Thomas has the cleanest grading profile of any offensive tackle in a deep class, as he ranked fifth as a pass blocker last year at 89.0 and second as a run blocker at 91.7. Thomas likely starts his career at right tackle, while Chase Young may start on the other side, but look for him to move around to maximize his rushing skills from both sides of the line.”

The incumbent at left tackle for the Giants is Nate Solder, who had a down year in 2019. He is 32 and heading into his 10th NFL season. Solder is in the third year of a bloated four-year deal and is no longer effective in handling speed rushers which was evident last year as rookie Daniel Jones took a bit of a pounding. That opens the door for Thomas to start at left tackle, a position he played at a high level at Georgia.

Whether or not Thomas will get matched up with Young regularly remains to be seen. If the Redskins employ a 3-4, you can count on the two tangling a lot. If head coach Ron Rivera installs the 4-3, Young will likely still line up at linebacker, but it could change his responsibilities in the passing game on many downs.

It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, though, to hold Young back from rushing the passer. Yes, he can do it all, but for the Redskins to get their bang for the buck, they need him going downhill on most plays.

When he does, it would behoove the Giants to have Thomas there waiting for him.

New York Giants likely out on Chase Young sweepstakes, but here’s a great alternative to land a top pass rusher

New York Giants, Chase Young

The New York Giants are likely out of the race for star defensive end Chase Young.

With reports indicating that the Washington Redskins could trade out of the No. 2 overall pick this week, there was hope the Giants could swoop in and land Ohio State defensive end Chase Young at No. 4, but that loss to Washington toward the end of the 2019 season is proving to be significant.

One could say trading for Leonard Williams lost them a 3rd rounder, $17 million in cal-space, but won them a must-lose game against Washington, ultimately giving them the golden goose egg in Young this year.

However, Big Blue is still in a fantastic place to land a top player in the NFL Draft, notably an offensive tackle, which seems to be a position of need for the top teams. Rumors have indicated that the Miami Dolphins could move up with a team like the Giants in the top 5, just to land they OL of choice and draft a quarterback later on the in draft.

Since Detroit has been heavily linked to Jeff Okudah and is working on a deal to move back to five, it could indicate that the Giants are all in on a tackle, a byproduct of Miami leap-frogging them.

With Young off the board for the Giants, though, they will likely attempt to move back and gain draft capital, especially if Mekhi Becton is projected to the 4th OT off the board. However, they can not move too far back without putting themselves out of range for a top-tier tackle.

This leaves a specific number of teams as options to trade back with — the Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns. The most probable teams to move up would be QB-needy teams like Miami, Los Angeles, and the Jags. One intriguing move would be to move back to No. 9 with the Jags and gain Yannick Ngakoue in a potential deal, as they’re reportedly asking for too much in compensation. Gaining five draft slots could be enough to convince them otherwise.

 

NFL Draft Top 5 EDGE Rusher Rankings

With the NFL Draft rapidly approaching, over the next few days, I plan on breaking down the best and brightest talents in this year’s class. This class is full of some unique prospects. There is a plethora of depth, but there are 5 guys who really stand out to me.

1. Chase Young, Ohio State

Pro Comparison: Jadeveon Clowney

I don’t know if there is a single-player as talented as Young in this class. Young wreaked havoc on college football this year. Young is going to be an absolute ANIMAL at the next level. He’s going to be an absolute superstar. There’s not much for me to nitpick in his game so I won’t even try. Clowney is a physical specimen just like Young and I think Young is going to be that type of game wrecker at the next level.

2. Zach Baun, Wisconsin

Pro Comparison: T.J. Watt

Zach Baun is one of my favorite prospects. Baun is another high IQ linebacker who is very good with his hands to come from Wisconsin. He’s explosive and he’s put up solid numbers at Wisconsin. Baun could struggle if he doesn’t gain a little more size, but Baun has the makeup to be a very talented player at the next level. Watt was a great edge rusher from Wisconsin and Baun can continue that trend.

3. Yetur Gross Matos, Penn State

Pro Comparison: Cameron Wake

Gross Matos was one of my favorite players to watch last year. He was so good against the run, in fact, he was a lot better than Chaisson and Epenesa last year, two guys he’s often bundled with. He was a very productive edge rusher last season. He was able to be a force against the run and against the pass. He also allowed for stellar production from the guys around him. At the very least, he’s going to be an average defensive end. At best, Gross Matos could be a very productive edge rusher. The ceiling is high, but his floor isn’t low. He’s a safe prospect. He lacks the speed that guys like Chaisson and a Young have, but he makes up for it in strength and size. Wake was a productive edge rusher who’s a unique blend of size and speed is reminiscent of Gross Matos.

4. K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Pro Comparison: Vic Beasley

I’m not entirely sold on Chaisson. I think he’s a very good edge rusher. He’s good at disrupting the pass with good speed and good hands. Overall, Chaisson has great potential as an edge rusher. However, Chaisson has bust potential. He struggles with the run and he definitely needs to develop as a run stopper. Chaisson reminds me of Beasley because of his ability to be a productive sack producer and average in the run game.

5. Bradlee Anae, Utah

Pro Comparison: Kamalei Correa

Bradlee Anae is a unique prospect. Anae plays with a chip on his shoulder and demonstrates a lot of heart on the field. He’s a good run stopper and a good pass rusher. He’s not elite, but he’s efficient. Anae has good speed and strength. Anae does struggle with really asserting his dominance and using length to an advantage. He’s kind of the opposite of Gross Matos where Anae would be best suited at linebacker rather than at the end. Anae reminds me of Correa because if their abilities to play with lots of energy and effort and both are high character guys with versatility. 

The Chances Are Slim, But Chase Young To The New York Giants is Still a Possibility

New York Giants, Chase Young

The 2020 NFL Draft is only one day away. The New York Giants hold the fourth overall pick this year. This will be their third year in a row picking inside the top-ten. Last year, pretty much everyone was in agreement that the Giants needed to draft a quarterback in the first round. The question was which one? Ultimately, the Gmen shocked the world and selected Daniel Jones sixth overall- a selection that was widely criticized at the time but now appears to have been the right choice.

A similar debate surrounds the Giants once again this year. Should they draft an offensive tackle or a defensive playmaker? But if circumstances were just slightly different there would be no debate at all. Had the Giants lost their second regular-season matchup with the Redskins this year, they would be picking second overall and everyone would be in agreement that Chase Young should be the selection.

Chase Young is the dream selection for the Giants. They desperately need a playmaker on defense and even more desperately need an impact pass-rusher. Young would fill both of those roles. Having the fourth overall pick, rather than the second overall pick, takes the Giants out of the Race to Chase. Or does it?

Will The Redskins Pass On Chase Young?

Nearly every mock draft without trades that you read will feature Chase Young going second overall to the Washington Redskins. He is the best player available outside of the quarterback position and would work wonders for Washington’s defense. But recent trade rumors seem to indicate that Young to the Redskins might not be a done deal.

According to reports, the Redskins are fielding inquiries from teams looking to trade up to the second overall pick. One report suggests that a team has “laid out a complete deal” for number two overall. If the Redskins were to accept one of these trade offers, what would happen with Chase Young?

Why Chase Young Could Get Past The Lions

The Detroit Lions hold the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. They are expected to invest it on a top-defensive talent like Derrick Brown or Jeffrey Okudah. But what if Chase Young is on the board? There is a good chance he would be the pick. But not if someone else is picking third overall.

It is a known fact that the Lions are looking to trade down from third overall. They have been in talks with the Dolphins and other teams. The Dolphins are reportedly interested in trading up for an offensive tackle, but they could be secretly targeting a quarterback.

How Chase Young Falls To Fourth Overall:

Joe Burrow will be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Cincinnati Bengals. But there are no locks after that. There are, however, two other quarterbacks that are locks for the first-round and, at one point or another, were locks to be top-five picks. Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa have both been mocked as high as second overall and as low as outside the top-ten. But, as we all know, competition can create price inflation.

If a team does in fact trade up to the second-overall pick and draft a quarterback, the same could happen to the third overall pick. Quarterbacks could be selected first, second, and third overall, leaving Chase Young to fall to the Giants’ fourth overall selection. This is the scenario that all Giants fans will be hoping and praying for.

Chase Young Falls to New York Giants in Latest PFF Mock Draft

New York Giants, Chase Young

Chase Young a New York Giant? Sounds good, right? It probably won’t happen, but in Pro Football Focus’ latest mock draft, that is exactly what they predict happening this Thursday night at the 2020 NFL Draft.

PFF analyst Steve Palazzolo sees the Ohio State EDGE rusher dropping to the fourth overall slot and into the waiting arms of Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman.

So, what happened at the top of the draft order to shake Young loose? Palazzolo sees the Cincinnati Bengals staying the course and drafting LSU QB Joe Burrow with the top pick but predicts the Washington Redskins, under new personnel director Kyle Smith and head coach Ron Rivera, will trade out of the second spot where many had cemented in for months in mock drafts.

In this scenario, the Miami Dolphins move up from the fifth spot and throw in the 18th and 39th overall selection to take Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.

At No. 3, the Detroit Lions bypass Young for his college teammate, cornerback Jeff Okudah. Both players are fantastic prospects so it’s very possible. This is a bit sketchy as the Lions are rumored to be open for business with this pick. I can see a team trading up to grab Young or Oregon QB Justin Herbert here, but every team has their own board and Okudah makes sense since the Lions traded Darius Slay to the Eagles this offseason.

The Giants jump all over Young at No. 4 and Giant Nation goes berserk.

“The Giants need playmakers all over the defensive side of the ball, so they’re happy to take Young, whose 96.1 overall grade last season is the highest we’ve seen since college grading started in 2014. Young wins with athleticism and technique, a combination that translates well to the next level. He had a ridiculous 56 pressures (18 sacks, seven quarterback hits, 31 hurries) on just 320 rushes last season.”

I know we shouldn’t get the Giant fans hopes up too high with this stuff but I’ve been covering the draft for 20 years and stranger things have happened.

Where are the New York Giants going with the pass rush position?

New York Giants rookie, Oshane Ximines.

When the New York Giants beat the Washington Redskins late in the 2019 season, they all but ruled themselves out of the Chase Young sweepstakes, despite attempting to blow the game against a lackluster Washington team. Fast forward several months, and the team is without their best pass rusher, Markus Golden, who sits idly on the free-agent market.

General manager Dave Gettleman has done little to address one of the weaker spots on the team, signing only Kyler Fackrell to supplement the supposed loss of Golden. However, there are still moves to be made and time to evaluate players. With the minimal cap space available for the Giants, however, signing a big-name free agent doesn’t seem to be the most likely course of action.

Who do the New York Giants currently have to work with?

On the roster, Big Blue has Fackrell, who logged 10.5 sacks and 12 QB hits in 2018, Lorenzo Carter, who hasn’t been able to live up to his potential, yet, and Oshane Ximines, an exciting, young prospect who posted 4.5 sacks on just 45% of defensive snaps last season.

I imagine they’re high on Ximines, who showed off some quality pass rusher moves in his rookie season. Where the Old Dominion product improved the most was against the run. His 0.0% missed tackle rate was impressive, tallying 25 combined tackles and 14 assists. He also logged five tackles for a loss.

Ximines did a good job beating offensive tackles on speed rushes around the edge, using his left arm to attack the outside left shoulder of said tackles. If he can develop a more refined bull rush and work stunts into his arsenal, Oshane can develop into one of the Giants’ premier pass-rush specialists. However, there’s development needed, and I believe we will see an improvement in year two.

Despite our optimism regarding Ximines’, the Giants could still be in the market for another pass rusher, especially if the football gods grace the Giants with Chase Young at the 4th overall pick. Of course, that would be an easy decision to make if he manages to slip; alternatively, they could find a mid-round pick to contribute, but they’ve invested plenty of draft picks into high-ceiling pass rushers already.

If Gettleman stays put, the Giants could be looking at a scheme-based pass-rush, utilizing their interior defensive line to produce internal pressure and utilize their OLBs to come over the top. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how they develop a pass rush moving forward. Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will have to be creative with his schemes.

Could the New York Giants trade up one spot to land top defensive talent in NFL Draft?

While most headlines are suggesting the New York Giants should trade back in the 2020 NFL draft, there is one scenario where the Giants might consider trading up.

With rumors hinting that the Washington Redskins are looking to trade back with a quarterback-needy team, this opens up the possibility that star pass rusher Chase Young could fall one or two spots to the Giants. However, if Young is on the board for the Detroit Lions, who also have a void at the position, they could easily take him and not look back.

If Young, who is the best defensive prospect in the draft, is one spot away from the Giants, should they consider trading up one slot to grab him?

It might cost them a pretty penny (a second-rounder or a package of mid-round picks), but locking down a stud player at one of the most expensive positions could be a justifiable cause.

What would Chase Young bring to the New York Giants?

With the Giants signing only Kyler Fackrell to serve as their new pass rusher for the 2020 campaign, there is a significant void at the position. They may retain Markus Golden or trade for Yannick Ngakoue, but the reality is that GM Dave Gettleman doesn’t have the cap space to spend on an elite player.

That could suggest young isn’t as crazy of a thought as we might think. Last season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Young recorded 16.5 sacks with 21 tackles for a loss.

As one of the most polarizing players in college football, Young has translatable qualities to the NFL. At just 20 years old, Young would offer the Giants an extremely youthful player with plenty of room to develop. Considering his already existing qualities, he could be more transformative for the defense than Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons.

There is always a possibility that Young slips to the fourth overall spot, and while that is unlikely, the Giants can’t go wrong with Chase, Simmons, or a top offensive tackle prospect.

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Here’s how the New York Giants can still land Chase young in the 2020 NFL Draft

The New York Giants still have plenty of holes to fill this offseason, notably at pass rusher and offensive tackle. With Nate Solder’s cap-hit being $20.5 million in 2021, they can release him at a $6.5 million cap hit, which could lead to the Giants drafting an offensive tackle in the upcoming draft.

GM Dave Gettleman also signed former Patriot and Cowboy tackle, Cam Fleming, to add competition to the right tackle position. It’s possible they could be setting up a position battle with Fleming and Nick Gates. However, youth is still needed at the position if they wish to upgrade Daniel Jones’ protection and Saquon Barkley’s blocking scheme.

Nonetheless, the Giants are still without a top pass rusher, and with Markus Golden sitting on the free-agent market, it’s possible he could return to New York on a multi-year deal. However, that hasn’t occurred yet, which leaves the Giants’ draft plans a bit murky.

How the New York Giants could land Chase Young:

There are a lot of different factors playing a part in Chase Young, potentially sliding to the 4th overall pick. First, it wholly depends on the Washington Redskins either staying put and selecting him or accepting a trade back scenario where Miami or Los Angeles gives up the farm to land their quarterback of choice.

Then, there are the Giants, who could trade up to the 2nd overall pick to land a generational pass rusher and solidify their defensive front for years to come. I highly doubt they elect to trade up, given they can still land an offensive tackle prospect or Isaiah Simmons with the 4th overall pick.

Why the Detroit Lions won’t pick Young:

The Lions traded away their top cornerback in Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 3rd and 5th round pick (basically the same value as the Leonard Williams trade) on Thursday. They made Slay the highest-paid cornerback in the game, but the Lions now have a severe void at the position, and their secondary was already weak.

This move screams Jeff Okudah, as Detroit also signed Desmond Trufant, who was injured for a chunk of 2019. Pairing Trufant and Okudah give them two solid corners who can lock down both sides of the field. Trufant is on a one-year deal, likely giving Okudah the developmental cushion he needs to adapt to the NFL.

So, we can confidently rule Detroit out of the Young sweepstakes, leaving an unpredictable Washington team at No. 2 overall. The Giants overcoming Washington late in the season last year is seeming more like a plague than a victory at this point. However, Washington has Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat, who they drafted in the first round in 2019. Sweat had a solid rookie campaign, compiling 7.0 sacks, 13 QB hits, and a 2% missed tackle rate. It’s possible they could pass on Young for a quarterback (similar to Kingsbury move – Rosen to Murray).

The bottom line, I wouldn’t rule out Young dropping to the Giants at No. 4. All it requires is Washington to either trade back or take a quarterback.

New York Giants: The Ideal Three-Round Mock Draft (With Trades)

The 2020 NFL Draft might be get delayed, but that will only give us all a bit more time to break down prospects and create mock drafts. The New York Giants will need all the time they can get to prepare for this crucial draft. They hold the fourth overall pick this year and will need to hit a home run in order to turn this team around. But what would that home run, ideal draft look like for New York?

Round One, Pick Four: Chase Young, Edge Rusher, Ohio State

In the ideal mock draft for the Giants, they will land the best player in the entire 2020 NFL Draft class. Chase Young out of Ohio State University is exactly that. The 2020 Heisman Trophy finalist recorded 16.5 sacks in 12 games this past season. In order for this to happen, quarterbacks will have to be selected with each of the first three picks in the draft.

The Bengals will select Joe Burrow, pretty much everyone believes that to be true at this point. But what will the Redskins do? Easily, they could take the best player in the draft, Chase Young, and move forward with Dwayne Haskins as their quarterback. However, there is growing speculation that Washington will either trade the second overall pick to a quarterback-needy team (like the Dolphins) or spend it on a quarterback of their own. That quarterback would be Tua Tagovailoa.

After Joe and Tua will have to go Justin Herbert. The Lions hold the third overall pick and it seems likely that they will trade down. The Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Buccaneers, and Panthers are all teams that might be willing to move up for the opportunity to select the Oregon gunslinger. If these three quarterbacks get drafted all in a row, Giants fans will be filled with joy as Gettleman sprints to get the card in and proudly draft Chase Young.

Round Two, Pick Thirty-Six: Austin Jackson, Offensive Tackle, USC

It is no question that the New York Giants have holes all over their roster. The defense is especially talentless. However, New York desperately needs to upgrade their offensive line as well. Nate Solder has seen his play decline in recent years and the Giants’ 2019 right tackle, Mike Remmers, is a free agent and is unlikely to receive an extension.

It is time for the Giants to invest draft capital into their offensive line. In 2018, they secured starting left guard Will Hernandez in the second round. Now, in this ideal mock draft, the Giants will secure their starting right tackle in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Austin Jackson out of USC might not be there by the time the Giants are on the clock in the second round. However, the same was said about Will Hernandez in 2018. In the Giants’ ideal 2020 mock draft, Austin Jackson slides just a few more spots and falls right into New York’s lap.

Round Three, Pick 84 (Via Trade): Troy Dye, Linebacker, Oregon

It would be easy to mock select wide receiver Chase Claypool to the Giants here. Whether it would require them to trade up or not remains to be seen. However, recent reports indicate that the Giants will be prioritizing wide receivers in free agency. They plan on focusing their draft picks on the defense. After stealing Chase Young with the fourth overall pick and securing an offensive tackle in round two, ideally, New York will shift its attention back to the defense in round three.

Also, in an ideal world, the Giants would still own the sixty-eight overall pick. However, after trading for Leonard Williams in 2019, they do not own that pick anymore. So, instead, the Giants will use trade up from their compensatory ninety-ninth draft selection in order to select an athletic coverage linebacker.

Many fans will be hoping and praying that the Giants’ first pick is Isaiah Simmons. I believe it should be, as long as Chase Young is not available. But this year’s draft class is rich in linebackers, and Troy Dye would be a solid option for the Giants in the third round.

Troy Dye is an Oregon linebacker with excellent athleticism and coverage-skills. He is the right player to pair with David Mayo, the Giants’ run-stopping linebacker that just received a contract extension. But New York would likely have to trade up to secure this linebacker.

The New York Giants have limitless options and possibilities heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. The class has depth in positions that the Giants need. If all goes well, New York should be able to secure a multitude of core players to build this team around in the future.

How can the New York Giants land Chase Young in the 2020 NFL Draft?

The little hope that New York Giants have regarding a potential Chase Young draft selection at the 4th overall pick is still very much alive. As Isaiah Simmons and offensive tackle prospects plaster the headlines for Big Blue, crazier things have happened in the draft than Young falling three spots to Big Blue.

However, a miracle would have to occur for the star-studded pass rusher to fall beyond the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions. The Giants do have a glimmer of hope, especially after Washington’s new head coach, Ron Rivera stated that the team brought in quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow for formal interviews.

Rivera has not been shy to admit that his team is evaluating quarterbacks — after Dwayne Haskins reportedly didn’t understand the playbook for half of the 2019 season and was thought to be dyslexic, Rivera considering other passers is justified.

The New York Giants need a lot of luck to land Chase Young:

Even if Young slips past Washington, who theoretically takes Tua in this scenario, the Detroit Lions become the next in line to land the Ohio State standout. Still, they could opt to trade back with a QB-needy team like the Miami Dolphins or Los Angeles Chargers. Detroit is in desperate need of offensive line support and a playmaker at the cornerback position.

A lot has to go down for the Giants to land one of the premier players in the upcoming draft, but it would alleviate their pass-rush concerns immediately. Free agency holds Jadeveon Clowney as a potential option, but he will cost upwards of $22 million. The Giants currently have $77.8 million in available cap space, so they can afford to invest in a player like Clowney, but Young will be the cheaper and more long-term option.

However, if the Giants do sign Clowney and Young is on the board, they can solidify one of the best pass-rush tandems in the game overnight. This is optimistic in every sense, but the Giants are due for a good-luck break.