I LOVE this Giants draft (Opinion)
Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman set out to fix the offensive line once and for all, and hopefully he did just that in the 2020 NFL draft. It was a draft that was given an "A" by Pro Football Focus.
The offensive line should be vastly improved with Offensive Tackle Andrew Thomas, who, week after week, went up against the best of the SEC. Other O-lineman includes UConn OT Matt Peart, and Oregon guard Shane Lemieux. Add to that free agents Cam Fleming and Nick Gates, who was coming into his own last year, and this should be a dramatic improvement over what they finished the season with.
I had wanted the Giants to draft Isiah Simmons with the fourth pick. Instead, they got the best safety in the draft at 36, with Xavier McKinney from Alabama. He will pair perfectly with Jabrill Peppers. In the third round, they drafted wide receiver Darney Holmes from UCLA to possibly play the slot, and Minnesota cornerback Chris Williamson. Add to that free agent James Bradberry, whom they signed in free agency, and another year out of Deandre Baker, and the secondary should be much improved as well.
It's been so long since the Giants were known for their linebackers, and this year they drafted four of them. Penn State LB Cam Brown, who was the leader of the Nittany Lions locker room, Minnesota's Carter Coughlin (no relation to Tom), South Carolina's TJ Brunson and hopefully not "Mr. Irrelevant" Tae Crowder.
They did not draft an edge rusher, so where will the pass rush come from? Unless they sign another edge rusher in free agency at a reduced price like Marcus Golden who is still out there. Golden got 10 sacks last year on a prove=it deal from the Giants, they're going to have to hope Fackrel has a "Golden"-type year since he got 10.5 sacks in 2018 but only 1.5 last year. It looks like guys like Leonard Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson and Dexter Lawrence will have to tie up multiple blockers, which all are capable of doing to enable edge rushers like Oshane Ximines and Fackrell etc. to get to the quarterback. You might not have one guy getting 10 plus, but hopefully you'll have multiple guys getting 4 or more. Either way, the Giants are a much better team now that last Thursday.
Now let's hope they have a season.
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