For the third consecutive year, the New York Giants are going to be selecting inside the top 10 in the NFL Draft. This time around, the Giants will own the No. 4 pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Having a top-10 pick in three straight seasons is a sign that a franchise is struggling to put together a winning roster. But with Daniel Jones showing some promise in 2019, the Giants are hoping that this year’s draft will give them the needed push to become a playoff contender once again.
Ahead of April’s draft, most people believe that New York is going to select Jedrick Wills or Isaiah Simmons in the first round. Regardless of who they choose, either Wills or Simmons would definitely be phenomenal additions.
Following their fourth overall selection, the Giants’ next pick will come at the 36th overall pick in the second round. In the event that New York selects Wills or Simmons, here are two perfect options for the Giants with the No. 36 pick.
2. Austin Jackson (OT, USC)
If the Giants choose to avoid taking an offensive tackle in the first round, they’ll undoubtedly consider taking one in the second round. With free agency approaching, it remains to be seen what the Giants plan on doing with Nate Solder.
Solder is entering the second-to-last year of his contract and is set to be a cap hit of $40 million over the next two years. Considering his lack of production, the Giants need to begin searching for his replacement.
Again, Wills would be a perfect draft pick for the Giants with the No. 4 pick. But if Wills isn’t the guy they want, Austin Jackson could ultimately be taken in the second round. At 6-foot-6, Jackson is athletic for his size and showed that he can excel in pass protection at USC.
1. Terrell Lewis (LB, Alabama)
On the other hand, if the Giants intend to move forward with Wills with the fourth overall pick, then they could be looking for a defensive contributor. More specifically, New York is in dire need of adding an edge rusher this offseason.
Of course, Chase Young, K’Lavon Chaisson, and A.J. Epenesa are regarded as the surefire edge defenders in this year’s draft. After those guys, Terrell Lewis is being talked as someone that could sneak into the first round or be taken early in the second round.
In his final season at Alabama, Lewis racked up six sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery. The Alabama prospect flashed explosiveness in pass-rushing situations and would immediately be a contributor for the Giants.