The 2020 NFL Draft is three months away — and for New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge, this will mark his first ever Draft as a Head Coach in the NFL. Giants’ owners Steve Tisch and John Mara, alongside General Manager Dave Gettleman, brought in an entirely new coaching staff for 2020, following an abysmal 4-12 – 2019 season. As of January 31, 2020, Joe Judge completed his first task as Head Coach; finalizing his coaching staff. Judge, and the rest of the Giants staff now patiently await April 23, 2020 — where they will coordinate amongst each other, on who to select in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here is my New York Giants Mock Draft:
Round 1 – Pick 4
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The 21 year old stud Linebacker out of Clemson, has all the makings of a future superstar. The versatility and elite lateral mobility from this young prospect, makes him unlike anything this league has ever seen before. At 6’4″ and 230 pounds, Simmons has the quickness of a defensive-back, but the toughness and hard hitting mentality of a defensive end. Simmons’ gap shooting ability is second to none, and his coverage skills for a linebacker are out of this world. Simmons lists as a Linebacker but surprisingly enough, spent more snaps (36%) at Cornerback, then he had at Linebacker (32%). Imagine a 6’4″ – 230 pound Linebacker/Cornerback hybrid, keeping up with top end Wide Receiver talent in College Football? You don’t have to imagine it, just watch tape on Isaiah Simmons. According to rumors stemming from Clemson, Simmons reportedly runs a sub-4.5 forty yard dash time. Given today’s style of NFL offenses — the tendency to spread the field, get playmakers open in space, and create mismatches, Simmons’ sideline-to-sideline range and mobility fit perfectly with the style of Linebacker teams will be salivating over. ￼
Other potential options at Pick 4:
- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia.
- Jedrick Willis, OT, Alabama
- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Round 2 – Pick 36
Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
It is no secret that The Giants are in desperate need of a pass rusher. New York finished with 36 total sacks, ranking 22nd in the league. The Giants’ sack total was projected to be even worse, but thanks to the unanticipated 10 sack season from Markus Golden— there were 10 teams that finished beneath New York in the final tally. Terrell Lewis, the Alabama native, possesses the desired measurable of an NFL pass rusher.￼ At 6’5″ and 260 pounds, Lewis has surprisingly top-notch athleticism. Lewis’ large frame and long arms grant him the ability to control opposing Offensive Tackles, and gain a significant amount separability on pass blocks. Lewis rushes with a certain type of ferociousness and tenacity that really pops off the screen when you watch his film. If New York decides to re-sign Golden, or possibly go after a big name pass rusher in Free Agency like Yannick Ngakoue, Lewis could be a perfect complementary piece to bolster that defensive line.
Other potential options at Pick 36:
- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
- Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
- Joshua Jones, OT, Houston
Round 4 – Pick 100
Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
If there is one thing Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman is known for— aside from the fact that he traded away one of the most dynamic Wide Receivers in football, is his strong passion for “hog mollies.” At 6’4″ 300 pounds, Offensive Lineman Saahdiq Charles fits that build. Charles has legitimate, NFL level acceleration when coming out of his stance. He has one of the quickest first steps of any lineman in this class. Unfortunately, Charles saw limited action in his final season at LSU because of an undisclosed injury. Charles helped pave the way for the legendary LSU offense, that could very well go down as the best offense in College Football History.
Other potential options at Pick 100:
- Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
- Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
- Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
Round 5 Pick 132
Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
The Giants roster currently consists of Wide Receivers Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, Russell Shepard, and Corey Coleman. Darius Slayton made a name for himself in his rookie, 2019 season. With Golden Tate turning 31, and Sterling Shepard primarily being lined up in the slot, expect New York to key in on drafting a big bodied Wide Receiver to line up opposite of Slayton. Michael Pittman Jr., the standout Wide Receiver from USC, would slide into that role perfectly. Pittman Jr. finished the year with The Trojans as a Biletnikoff finalist. He totaled 101 receptions in 2019, ranking fourth overall amongst all receivers in College Football. To go along with the reception total, Pittman Jr. ended the year with 1,275 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. At 6’4″ 219 pounds, Pittman Jr. demonstrates the ability to out-muscle opposing cornerbacks, and win many one-on-one battles. Perhaps Pittman Jr’s best trait is his tracking ability when the ball is in the air. Pittman Jr. is a natural athlete and has the ideal frame of a starting Wide Receiver in today’s NFL.
Other potential picks at Pick 132:
- Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
- Richie Grant, S, UCF
- Trajan Bandy, CB, Miami
Round 6 Pick 163
A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State
The New York Giants finished as one of the worst teams in the league in terms of passing defense. There were no secrets when it came to the lack of experience and lack of talent in the Giants secondary. The Giants allowed 4.225 passing yards in 2019; the fifth most in football. A.J. Green was a three year starting cornerback, at Oklahoma State. Green’s best feature is his adaptability. Green was able to effectively play in the slot, and on the outside, at a high level in the pass-happy, air-raid ridden, Big 12 Conference. Green is an experienced, battle tested defensive-back, who’s skills grant him the chance to find great success in practically any defensive scheme.
Other potential picks at Pick 163:
- Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami
- Nick Coe, EDGE, Auburn
- Jared Hilbers, IOL, Washington
Round 7 Pick 195
Geno Stone, S, Iowa
The Giants signed veteran Safety Antoine Bethea in the previous offseason to provide leadership and mentorship for the young members of the Giants secondary. I fully anticipate New York to seek out a young, talented Safety— whether that be in the Draft, or Free Agency. Geno Stone is a hard-nosed, disciplined player, who was a beloved leader for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Stone is the type of player that will not be out-worked. While Stone is not necessarily the most gifted of athletes, he makes up for it with a certain “grit” that cannot be coached. Stone possesses true leadership traits, and can find himself in a very promising position if he lands on a team like Big Blue.
Other potential picks at Pick 195:
- Michael Divinity Jr., EDGE, LSU
- Sean McKeon, TE, Michigan
- A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
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