New York Giants: Derrick Brown Might Be A Top Target For Dave Gettleman

New York Giants, Derrick Brown

The New York Giants have limitless options heading into the 2020 NFL offseason. They have over $70 million to spend in free agency and the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. With the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine taking place this week, rumors are starting to heat up around the NFL.

A few new rumors surround the New York Giants, too. According to Matt Lombardo of nj.com, Dave Gettleman is “very serious” about trading back in the 2020 NFL Draft. Also according to Lombardo, the Giants’ draft target, if they trade back, will be Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown.

Will The Giants Trade Back?

Trading down might be a reliable option for the Giants, but is it a real possibility? General manager Dave Gettleman has never traded down in a draft before. He recently received heavy criticism for this by NBC Sports’ Peter King in his latest “Football Morning in America” column:

A GM who has made 45 picks has never traded down to accumulate more picks from any of the 45. That is borderline negligent. Maybe not even borderline. I am incredulous about that. As I documented last week, GM John Schneider of the Seahawks used last year’s 21st overall pick and traded down six times to accumulate six picks, one of whom was wide receiver DK Metcalf, who, as it turned out, produced better value than a 21st pick in most drafts as a rookie. And four other players from the trade played for the Seahawks last season. Trying to not make too much of that, but wow. Just wow. – Peter King, NBC Sports

Dave Gettleman fielded questions from the media on Tuesday at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. He was asked about the potential of trading down from fourth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. Dave Gettleman responded, saying, “We’re open for business.” Matt Lombardo’s report seems to back up Gettleman’s statement.

The Argument Against Derrick Brown

Matt Lombardo’s report regarding the Giants’ consideration of trading down came as no surprise. The shocking part of the report is the Giants’ apparent interest in targeting Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown.

The Giants have already invested quite a bit into their defensive line. They spent a first-round pick on Dexter Lawrence II in the 2019 NFL draft and traded their 2020 third-round pick for Leonard Williams ahead of the trade deadline. These two moves combined with the talents of Dalvin Tomlinson and BJ Hill make it confusing as to why the Giants would be targeting yet another first-round interior defensive lineman.

Derrick Brown Stats and Highlights

Derrick Brown might be an interior defensive lineman, but he is not your everyday IDL. Brown is a monster. He is one of the top prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft class.

If Leonard Williams walks in free agency, drafting Derrick Brown makes more sense. But even if Williams stays, Brown would make the Giants’ defensive line a dominant unit.

In his 2019 senior campaign, Derrick Brown was unblockable, recording 54 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. This was after putting up 48 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks as a junior.

That’s two straight seasons of consistent, elite performance from Derrick Brown. Brown is a phenomenal run-stuffer and a decent pass-rusher. Combining his talents with that of Dexter Lawrence would create maybe the best young defensive line in the NFL.

But is it wise for Dave Gettleman to spend another first-round pick on an interior defensive lineman? Eventually he will need to start investing in other positions of need. And, after this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, it might be hard for the Giants to say no to an elite talent like Isaiah Simmons if he is on the board at fourth overall.

New York Giants: Will 2020 Be The Year That Dave Gettleman Finally Trades Down?

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The NFL Scouting Combine kicks off this week with the 2020 NFL Draft just around the corner. This will be another crucial draft for the New York Giants as they are once again picking inside of the top-ten. This year, New York holds the fourth overall pick and is in prime position to trade down to a quarterback-needy team to accumulate a king’s ransom of draft capital.

Trading down might be a reliable option for the Giants, but is it a real possibility? General manager Dave Gettleman has never traded down in a draft before. He recently received heavy criticism for this by NBC Sports’ Peter King in his latest “Football Morning in America” column:

A GM who has made 45 picks has never traded down to accumulate more picks from any of the 45. That is borderline negligent. Maybe not even borderline. I am incredulous about that. As I documented last week, GM John Schneider of the Seahawks used last year’s 21st overall pick and traded down six times to accumulate six picks, one of whom was wide receiver DK Metcalf, who, as it turned out, produced better value than a 21st pick in most drafts as a rookie. And four other players from the trade played for the Seahawks last season. Trying to not make too much of that, but wow. Just wow. – Peter King, NBC Sports

Peter King makes some fair points. Trading down is a proven strategy that reaps significant benefits. The 2018 Indianapolis Colts can attest to that. Many Giants fans are pounding the table, begging Dave Gettleman to finally trade down in 2020. For those fans, there is reason to believe that he just might do it this year.

The Giants are “Open for business.”

With the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine kicking off this week, Dave Gettleman fielded questions from the media on Tuesday. He was, of course, asked about the potential of trading down from fourth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. Dave Gettleman responded, saying, “We’re open for business.”

This was Dave Gettleman admitting that he is open to trading down in 2020 and that it is a real possibility this year. He also said, “Whatever we do is gonna be in our best interest.” Gettleman also conceded that the likelihood of a trade down is higher this time around, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post

New head coach Joe Judge is also open to the possibility of trading down in this year’s draft:

“Whatever the scenario that comes to be that’s best for the Giants, if that’s trading back, we’re open to listen,” Judge said. “We don’t have to do anything, but we’ll listen to anything.” – Joe Judge, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post

Despite making it clear that the Giants are open to trading down, Gettleman also cautioned that there is risk involved with such an action:

“Trading back has its danger,” Gettleman warned. “We’re at four. Let’s say you trade back to eight. There’s only four players we like, what if they’re all gone? Now what are you gonna do? Are you gonna trade back again? You can trade yourself back out of good players but, we’re open.” – Dave Gettleman, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post

So the Giants are “open for business.”

Well, kind of. Dave Gettleman still seems to be pretty skeptical of the whole trade-down concept. It looks like the franchise is open to it under specific circumstances.

However, I wouldn’t bet on a trade down from fourth overall at this point. Regardless, it is an incredibly strong draft class this year. The Giants will be landing an elite prospect at fourth overall if they decide to stay put. But maybe they will land an elite prospect, and a few extra draft picks after trading back. Time will only tell.

New York Giants: Top Prospects To Watch At The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine

The 2020 NFL Draft is right around the corner. The Draft will begin on April 23 this year. In preparation for the NFL Draft, the NFL Scouting Combine will begin this week.

The Combine is a crucial part of the draft process. Teams finally have the chance to meet and interview this year’s prospects. The New York Giants are picking fourth overall in this year’s draft and will have their pick at some of the top prospects in the class. With the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine about to kick off, let’s take a look at three of the top prospects to keep an eye on for the Giants in 2020.

Isaiah Simmons

One of the draft’s most hyped prospects is Clemson’s do-it-all linebacker, Isaiah Simmons. Simmons played nearly every position on Clemson’s defense and is an exceptional athlete. 

Dane Brugler of The Athletic said, “They might rename the combine after Isaiah Simmons after he is done with it.” According to Albert Breer of MMQB, one college scouting director forecast to Breer that Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons will run in the low 4.4s, and his “jumps are gonna be nuts.”

Isaiah Simmons is going to test extremely well in the Combine drills this week. He has the speed, size, and athleticism to drop jaws. Simmons has been linked to the Giants on many occasions, so expect them to keep an eye on the draft’s top linebacker.

Tristan Wirfs

According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the New York Giants are “in love” with Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs is already expected to be one of the Giants’ top targets in the 2020 NFL Draft. But with a strong performance at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Tristan could make himself a must-draft target for the Giants who have a severe need at offensive tackle.

Tristan Wirfs is expected to dominate the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. He is a mammoth of a human being, standing at 6 feet 5 inches and weighing 322 pounds. Despite this, Tristan can move at a somewhat rapid pace. He is expected to run a sub-4.9s 40-yard dash. He would be only the fifth offensive tackle ever to accomplish this feat and the only offensive tackle to run a sub 4.9s while weighing 322 pounds.

Tristan Wirfs has been described as a “300-pound man that moves like a dancer.” But he also moves weights like ragdolls. Tristan broke Iowa’s hang clean record with four reps of 450 pounds last year. Wirfs is sure to impress during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine and could make his way surging up teams’ draft boards.

Mekhi Becton

The Giants are in the market for an offensive tackle. Tristan Wirfs is undoubtedly one of the top options for the Giants in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there are others. Another offensive tackle to keep an eye on at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine is Mekhi Becton.

Mekhi Becton is a massive human being. He is maybe the definition of the term “hog molly” that general manager Dave Gettleman is known to use. The Lousiville offensive tackle towers over the competition at 6 feet 7 inches. He also weighs in at a humungous 369 pounds.

Becton’s size is rare. But, what makes him so unique is the athletic ability he has combined with his otherworldly stature. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com described Becton as an offensive tackle with an “enormous frame complemented by surprisingly nimble feet and functional athleticism to handle either tackle spot.” The Giants could draft Mekhi Becton to play left tackle or right tackle depending on how much they do or do not trust Nate Solder.

The Giants will be able to find a franchise building block in the 2020 NFL Draft. But that all starts with the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. This is a crucial step in the draft process, and these three players will need to live up to expectations and impress New York if they want to get selected fourth overall.

New York Giants: Could The Giants Find A Franchise Quarterback After Round One?

Could the New York Giants take a flier on Tyree Jackson?

The New York Giants‘ roster is filled with holes. On defense, and on offense, the Giants are missing multiple key players. At quarterback, the Giants seem to be set for 2019 with Eli Manning. However, Eli Manning is 38 years old. The Giants will have a hole open up at the quarterback position as soon as Eli retires. That is unless the Giants draft a guy to step in once Eli retires.

Fans and analysts have been speculating that the Giants could draft Manning’s heir apparent with the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. But is it possible they find their guy later in the draft? Here is what history has to say:

The History:

Finding a franchise quarterback after round 1 is an extremely difficult task. It is a rare occasion. But, it is not impossible. Looking within the division, the Giants’ arch-rival, the Dallas Cowboys, found their quarterback after round 1. Dak Prescott was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Dak is not the only “franchise quarterback” in the NFL who was not drafted in round 1. Russell Wilson is one of the most notable recent mid-round franchise quarterbacks. Wilson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Since then, he has lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory and been to 5 Pro Bowls.

Despite this, it is still rare for franchise quarterbacks to be taken after round 1. 26 of the 47 NFL quarterback that have won Super Bowls were taken in the 1st round of the draft. 14 of them were the 1st overall pick. The 2nd round has only produced 3 Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.

Statistically, 1st round quarterbacks have had significantly better careers than those of the later rounds. However, there are a few outliers that give teams hope that they can find their guy later in the draft. Who could the Giants draft at quarterback in the middle of the 2019 NFL Draft to be their outlier?

A Great 2019 Draft Option:

There is one quarterback option in the 2019 NFL Draft that could be a late or mid-round sleeper. Out of Buffalo, Tyree Jackson has flashed true NFL potential.

Tyree Jackson has the perfect size to play the quarterback position at the next level. He is 6 feet 7 inches, 245 pounds. The strong-armed quarterback had an impressive junior year to put him on NFL scouts’ radars. In 2018, Jackson threw for 3,131 yards and 28 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions.

Jackson’s talents do not end with his passing ability. Tyree Jackson is also a threat on the ground. Jackson racked up 7 rushing touchdowns in 2018. He is not only tall, but Jackson is also fast. At the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, Tyree ran a 4.59 40-yard dash. He has the speed and arm strength to be a serious dual-threat at the next level.

Tyree Jackson is similar to Josh Allen. However, Josh Allen was a top-10 pick last year. Jackson will be available after round 3. Both quarterbacks are tall and athletic. They both have incredible arm strength. Jackson compares well to Allen and many other quarterbacks to come out in recent years. However, playing at Buffalo, Jackson did not play much top-end competition, causing him to be looked at as a mid-round prospect.

This could make Tyree Jackson the 2019 NFL Draft’s biggest steal. He might need a couple of years to develop, but Jackson has the potential to be a great player at the next level. If the Giants do not take a quarterback in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they need to target Tyree Jackson in the later rounds.