Quarterbacks are changing the landscape
Until a late-season two-game winning streak, no one saw coming, the New York Giants were headed for the second overall pick. Now they select fourth behind Cincinnati, Washington, and Detroit. Most mock drafts expect those selections to be quarterback Joe Burrow from LSU, followed by Ohio State players defensive end Chase Young, and cornerback Jeff Okudah.
There is a little bit of fluidity with Detroit’s third overall pick and Big Blue’s fourth overall pick. First of all, the Lions aren’t necessarily locked into Okudah as they may opt for a big-play receiver. Second, both Miami (fifth overall) and San Diego (sixth overall) need new quarterbacks. Either one of them could make an offer to trade up ahead of the other to guarantee their selection.
At the combine, Gettleman insinuated the Giants had an interest in Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The former two-time National Champion signal-caller is a terrific prospect. Coming into the 2019 season, he was the consensus top prospect of the draft class. Burrow’s rise at LSU coupled with his own hip injury, pushed Tagovailoa down the board. His pro day will likely have a huge impact on not only what the G-Men do but on the entire draft.
Most took Gettleman’s comments about Tua for what they were, a smokescreen. However, the plot thickened soon after. Neither he or new head coach Joe Judge would commit to Jones as next year’s starting quarterback. That doesn’t mean the New York Giants will draft a quarterback, but it does cast some uncertainty on Jones as well as adding to the likelihood that they could trade the pick (either away or down).
In mid-February’s article, two players were clear favorites. Post-combine, the field has tightened up considerably. There is a new leader for the fourth time in four mock compilations there is a new leader.