Daniel Jeremiah releases new mock draft, still has Giants going with OT
The 2020 NFL Draft is a little over two weeks away, meaning the mock drafts are likely going to heat up between now and April 23rd.
In the third edition of his mock draft, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah kept his prediction for the Giants the same as last month. Jeremiah believes the Giants will address the offensive line with the fourth pick and select Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs. The NFL Network analyst writes that he still believes "protecting Daniel Jones is the top priority" for the Giants in the draft.
As Jeremiah wrote on Wirfs in his top 50 prospect rankings, "Wirfs is a big, powerful offensive tackle. In pass protection, he launches out of his stance and hasn't had issues versus outside speed rushers. However, he has experienced issues against inside counter moves. He over-sets and struggles to redirect back inside, allowing too many pressures in the games I studied. When he can land his punch, it's over. His hands are so strong and he has the power base to end the play right there. In the run game, he is very strong and aggressive. He creates a ton of movement, but also will overextend and fall off at times. He's on the ground too much. I love his aggressive demeanor, but he needs to play more under control. Overall, I believe he can survive at tackle, but he'd benefit from playing with neighbors on both sides. I think Wirfs has All-Pro potential at guard."
Wirfs comes in at No. 13 on Jeremiah's top 50 prospect rankings.
Charles Davis ranks players who deserve first-round grades
Thirty-two players will be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. However, according to NFL Network's Charles Davis, not all of those players necessarily deserve to hear their named called on April 23.
This week, Davis ranked the draft prospects whom he believes deserve first-round grades. The draft analyst's list contains only 27 names that he writes are the "most deserving of that lofty first-round status," in his opinion.
Among the players being connected to the Giants in mock drafts, all of them made their way onto Davis' list, which is hardly surprising considering the Giants own the fourth overall selection in this month's draft. Here are where each of them land in Davis' rankings.
No. 3 - OLB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson: "Versatility is the trait that's most often cited for him in pre-draft discussions. Let's not forget how he shows up in the right place (and with force) snap after snap."
No. 6 - OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville: "A big debate rages about who's the best among the draft's top four tackles. This behemoth with incredible agility is tops for me."
No. 11 - OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa: "There was plenty of chatter about him potentially kicking inside to guard (or was that just me?!) heading into the NFL Scouting Combine. But his performance at the event solidified him as a Day 1 starting LT."
No. 14 - OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama: "Great blend of size, quickness and nasty. Has been a right tackle, but can definitely play on the left side."
No. 18 - OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia: "If there is one player who I have too low, it's this three-year starter with good footwork, hand placement and force in the run game."
Of course, the fourth pick is only the first of 10 selections the Giants own this year. Here are all of the team's 2020 draft picks:
- Round 1, Pick 4
- Round 2, Pick 36
- Round 3, Pick 99
- Round 4, Pick 110
- Round 5, Pick 150
- Round 6, Pick 138
- Round 7, Pick 218
- Round 7, Pick 238
- Round 7, Pick 247
- Round 7, Pick 255
Two players being projected as possible second-round picks by the Giants also made Davis' list:
No. 17 - S Xavier McKinney, Alabama: "Can play in a variety of spots and excels in each of them. McKinney can rush the passer, cover in the slot and has a really good feel for the game."
No. 27 - S Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota: "Last year, I had Washington safety Taylor Rapp as one of my first-rounders, and many told me I was wrong to include him. I believed in him, though, and I have the same feelings about this youngster. His instincts remind me of Tyrann Mathieu's. Bloodlines don't hurt, either."
View photos of every player projected to the Giants in mock drafts one week ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Test your Giants Trivia knowledge with this week's quiz
This week's Giants Trivia takes us down memory lane.
Can you remember where some legendary Giants attended college?
Of course, Daniel Jones' days at Duke are still fresh in our minds. The same can be said about Dexter Lawrence's career at Clemson, as well as Saquon Barkley's time at Penn State. But what if we go back a few more years?
This week's quiz will test fans' knowledge of New York Giants' players and where they went to school.