Second and Third Rounds
There isn’t as much information about the following rounds, The deeper the draft goes the more of a guessing game it becomes. Different writers may have great internal sources, but there are so many variables in play that it makes predictions very difficult. It’s much easier to identify a position of need and then see who the best players available are when the New York Giants pick.
This season New York’s offensive line leaves much to be desired. Without even getting into their struggles to get an up-field push for the running, the unit has struggled mightily, especially at tackle. Left tackle Nate Solder has deteriorated since he was signed as a free agent before the 2018 season.
He’s been a huge disappointment and can’t be counted on to consistently protect Jones’ blindside. Mike Remmers on the right has been even worse. His back injury issues have made him a shell of what he once was.
It’s no surprise Big Blue would look to upgrade their tackles in the draft. Of the four mocks that go to round two, they are almost unanimous that the G-Men will go in that direction. Two mocks have them taking Trey Adams from Washington, while the one touts Jedrick Wills Jr. of Alabama.
Of the two Adams gets my attention. He was a preseason All-American in 2018, then injured his back and wound up sitting out the season. Adams is a monster at 6-8, 314 pounds. While the injury may have dropped him into the second round, he has rebounded nicely for the Huskies this year. If Adams is available when the G-Men pick in round two, Gettleman has to be on that.
Wills isn’t a bad consolation prize, The Bama tackle has the size and pedigree to be a quality NFL lineman. One other player to note that showed up was Alabama safety Xavier McKinney. He is an outstanding player, but would the New York Giants sacrifice rebuilding the offensive line to get him?
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Big Blue traded their third-round pick to the Jets for defensive lineman Leonard Williams. The former sixth overall pick from USC hasn’t lived up to the expectations of such a high pick thus far in his career.
Even so, he is still a good and useful player. The problem is that Williams is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
If the New York Giants re-sign him, which Gettleman has said he will do, then they traded the 67th overall pick for a guaranteed starter. If they can’t get his signature on a new deal, the G-Men will get a compensatory pick at the end of the third round, somewhere between 97-105.
Giants fans find out if the trade was worth the gamble in the coming weeks. As of now, consider Williams to be Big Blue’s third-round pick.
We’ll be back next month with an updated compilation