Round One, 4th overall
With the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select Tristan Wirfs, offensive tackle, University of Iowa Hawkeyes.
In this simulation, the top three picks went as expected. QB Joe Burrow to Cincinnati, Young to Washington, and cornerback Jeff Okudah to Detroit. There was one simulation that gave me the option to select Okudah. Even though he is the best corner to come out of college since Patrick Peterson in 2011, I passed on him.
The New York Giants have to protect their investment in quarterback Daniel Jones. That’s why an offensive tackle is a necessity. Tristan Wirfs is both the best and most versatile tackle in this draft. He played mostly right tackle at Iowa, not because he couldn’t handle the left side but because the Hawkeyes other starting tackle could only play on the left. His coach Kirk Ferentz wanted to play the best five offensive linemen he had so Wirfs made the move.
The weight room monster is built like a prototypical NFL tackle at 6-5, 320 pounds. He’s got lots of lean muscle mass and generates explosive power from his core. The Iowa native is strong and athletic with a good ability to drive block in the run game. Wirfs pass sets are good too, although he needs to work on his polish as well as consistency. He projects as a long time, productive NFL tackle.
"The Giants invested heavily into the linebacker position this offseason. They did not do so with the intention of taking the position at No. 4 overall. Wirfs is a slam dunk. – Josh Edwards, CBS Sports."
Ideally, the G-Men would make Wirfs the starting right tackle in 2020 and let him learn Jason Garrett‘s offense. After Big Blue parts with left tackle Nate Solder the following offseason, Wirfs can move over to the left and protect Jones’ blindside.