Patrick Mahomes in 2018. Lamar Jackson in 2019. Daniel Jones in 2020?
It is the era of the second-year quarterback. The last two league MVPs, Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes and Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, won the award in their sophomore campaigns. Mahomes, the 10th overall pick in 2017, sat for a year before breaking out in 2018. Lamar Jackson, the final pick in the first round in 2018, started the final seven games of his rookie year before he dominated the league this past season.
Could Daniel Jones, the sixth overall pick in 2019, be the next in line? A panel of ESPN writers discussed the offseason’s biggest questions, including who will be the breakout quarterback of 2020. Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano chose Jones.
"He makes big plays, he's mobile, and the Giants should have better support around him," Fowler wrote. "If he learns to take care of the ball -- he had 12 interceptions and fumbled 12 times last season -- he'll be a huge presence in the NFC East."
"The turnovers are a major problem," Graziano added, "but they were for Jackson this time last year, too."
New mock draft includes new OT to the Giants
Former Pro Bowl running back and current NFL.com analyst Maurice Jones-Drew released his first mock draft of the year. For the Giants at No. 4, MJD picked Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. "Thomas played both left and right tackle at Georgia," he wrote. "He will help fix Big Blue's O-line issues."
The addition of Thomas brought some variety to our most recent mock draft tracker, which includes a heavy dose of Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills. In 2019, Thomas won the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy, UGA's first recipient of the award in 21 years. The left tackle was named one of four permanent team captains and picked up All-SEC first team honors by Coaches and Associated Press. He was a key player on Georgia teams that won 11 or more games three straight seasons.
PFF's Mike Renner ranks strongest positions in draft
Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner, who recently joined the "Giants Huddle" podcast, put out an interesting tweet yesterday. The lead draft analyst ranked the strength of each position in the 2020 class. Offensive tackle is second on his list, which is where he went in his most recent mock draft with Wills to the Giants.