Joe Burrow, Chase Young, Tua Tagovailoa, and Justin Herbert were the top four picks. The Giants were on the clock and all of the tackles plus Isaiah Simmons were still on the board. Time to trade down again. This time their dance partner was Gettleman’s former team, the Carolina Panthers. Meanwhile, much to Detroit’s chagrin Carolina’s target was Okudah. The Lions had to “settle” for Simmons.
With the seventh pick of the first round in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs, University of Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Giants get their man at seven, Wirfs. He is both the best and most versatile tackle in this draft and checks so many boxes that a team wants in a premier tackle. We wrote about him in our last mock.
Wirfs 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 moved over.
As the 18th overall pick approaches anticipation is building to select another Iowa player, edge rusher, A.J. Epenesa. Unfortunately, Dallas grabbed him one spot ahead at 17. There were still several top-tier pass rushers on the board, so here comes another trade down and a deal with the devil, Philadelphia.
With the 21st pick of the first round in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select linebacker, K’Lavon Chaisson, Louisiana State University.
That extra second-round pick will help out greatly. But Chaisson is a fantastic pickup. Last season at LSU, he had 65 tackles, 13.5 for loss, including 6.5 sacks. The latter two categories led the team.
At 6-4, 255 pounds and only 20-years old, Chaisson still has some filling out to do. That should scare the heck out of off offensive tackles because he’s already so fast off the snap with a powerful first step. He also is an expert at maneuvering his body to avoid taking the brunt of his opponent’s force. Once he gets a step on the pass rusher, he accelerates toward his target to seal the deal.
Another great facet of Chaisson’s game is his intelligence. He has a nose for the ball and gets himself into position to make plays. Additionally, for such a big man he can also fall back and play in coverage. Chaisson’s best fit is in a 3-4 set. Should they go to a 4-3, he will struggle as a defensive end.
"For today’s NFL, Chaisson is a valuable commodity because he is a lightning-fast edge rusher and twitchy athlete. He is quick off the ball, possessing a fast first-step. He has a burst to run around the corner and a second gear to close on the quarterback. On top of being a pure speed rusher, Chaisson has an impressive arsenal of pass-rushing moves. With his wicked spin move, Chaisson is able to get back to the inside, and his loose hips allow him to dip underneath offensive tackles while getting turned to the quarterback. – Charlie Campbell, Walter Football"