The 2020 NFL Draft is just over a month away, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The New York Giants will be the fourth team evaluated.
The New York Giants have officially hit the reset button and embraced a youth movement. The Giant drafted Daniel Jones last year to be the quarterback of the future. They have also stopped the trend of bringing in offensive coordinators as their head coach and hired Patriots Special Teams coordinator Joe Judge for the position. In his short time having the job he looks to be a legitimate NFL head coach that the Giants have needed. Last season went as expected, their young team having growing pains and the team finished well short of the playoffs. This resulted in Pat Shurmur getting fired and with $62 million in cap space David Gettleman gets to build this team in his own image.
Like the offense, the defense also had a lot of young players added to it. The Giants drafted Dexter Lawerence, DeAndre Baker, Oshane Ximines and Julian Love who all had major roles in this defense last year. Their best defensive rookie was Dexter Lawrence who if not for Nick Bosa, would have been a favorite to win DROY. Jabrill Peppers played well replacing former All-Pro safety Landon Collins. While mid-season addition Leonard Williams has not played well and was franchise tagged for $16 million to cover up David Gettleman’s mistake of giving up a third-round pick for him. The Giants’ defense still did have a lot of holes, they needed linebacker help, a solidified edge rusher, and a true number one cornerback. The Giants found that in free agency adding Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell and James Bradberry in free agency.
2020 NFL Draft Picks
New York will have ten picks to use in the 2020 NFL Draft.
First Round (one pick): No. 4
Second Round (one pick): No. 36
Third Round (one pick): No. 99
Fourth Round (one pick): No. 110
Fifth Round (one pick): No. 150
Sixth Round (one pick): No. 183
Seventh Round (four picks): No. 218, 238, 247, 255
Right Tackle- It has been a very long time since the Giants had a solid starter at right tackle. Mike Remmers was a good bridge option until they find the right tackle of the future. Newly signed Cameron Fleming should not be the team’s starting right tackle next year
Left Tackle- Nate Solder has been a complete bust since signing his massive contract with the team. The Giants are likely going to move on from Solder as soon as it is financially possible, but the Giants should look for better options to protect Daniel Jone’s blindside in the meantime.
Linebacker- Signing Blake Martinez was a step in the right direction for boosting the level of talent in their linebacker core, but they need another one that can cover well. Martinez struggles to cover tight ends and slot receivers.
Wide receiver- The Giants have three serviceable receivers but none are an alpha or true number one receiver. In the middle rounds the Giants should look to add a receiver with a high upside.
Secondary- The Giants have their outside cornerbacks, but need a nickel or slot corner to cover in the middle of the field. They could use more depth at safety.
2020 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 4: Mekhi Becton, LT, Louisville
Unless Chase Young falls to no. 4 overall, the Giants need to select a tackle. Gettleman could easily fall in love with Becton’s size, athleticism and flashy plays throwing defensive lineman across the field. Becton might have to develop in order to play up to his draft selection but he has the highest ceiling out of all tackles in this draft.
Pick No. 36: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
A lot of people might be shaking their heads at the fact that McKinney could fall out of the first round. But the safety position is extremely undervalued when it comes to getting selected in the draft. A few years back the Giants selected a safety out of Alabama that should have went in the first round. His name was Landon Collins. If McKinney falls this late the Giants could pick him and move Julian Love to the slot.
Pick No. 99: Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
Logan Wilson is a solid linebacker in a draft class that is not deep at the position. He could compete for the starting job next to Blake Martinez as soon as next season.