Last year, the New York Giants shocked the NFL by selecting quarterback Daniel Jones sixth overall. Recent rumors have tied Big Blue to QB Justin Herbert with the fourth overall pick this season. Giants GM Dave Gettleman must say NO to any thought of selecting Herbert.
The New York Giants desperately need defensive help. They should get a big boost after selecting a player with the fourth overall pick during Thursday night’s NFL Draft. However, there is some speculation that they could go a different route. More specifically, Big Blue could select a quarterback.
While this comes as a surprise to many, it appears that the reports are legitimate. Prominent NFL insider Ian Rapoport revealed on Monday morning that the Giants have been in constant communication with former Oregon university quarterback Justin Herbert.
Justin Herbert improved steadily throughout his college career, although his numbers never took the huge leap that many scouts had predicted they would. He currently sits as the third-best quarterback on most draft big boards, behind LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
While Herbert had a productive four seasons with the Ducks, the New York Giants would be foolish to select a quarterback when they already have Daniel Jones. Jones wasn’t an immediate superstar, but he showed more than enough promise as a rookie that he can be a franchise quarterback.
Whether it was his efforts in the comeback win over the Buccaneers or his five-touchdown performance against the Redskins, the former Duke Blue Devil showed that he could hang with the pros. He finished his rookie season completing 62% of his passes for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, and just 12 interceptions.
He did have some struggles with fumbling, but it’s not hard to imagine his ball security getting much better as he becomes more accustomed to the NFL. After all, he’s only nine months older than Herbert.
The New York Giants would be much better off picking a defensive player with their top-five pick. While dominant defensive end Chase Young likely won’t fall to the No. 4 slot, there are still tons of incredibly talented defenders that will be available.
The first that comes to mind is Isaiah Simmons, Clemson’s jack-of-all-trades defender. Simmons was a considerable part of Clemson’s success in 2019, whether it was rushing the quarterback as an outside linebacker, or playing deep coverage as a safety.
The 2019 ACC Defensive Player of the Year recorded 104 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, and a trio of interceptions. Adding Simmons would be a breath of fresh air for the New York Giants. Their defense gave up an average of 28.2 points per game last season.
Another defensive standout that could be available with the fourth pick is Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. While his three interceptions aren’t eye-popping, by any means, his ability to shut down opposing receivers is top-notch.
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While the Detriot Lions probably select Okudah with the third overall pick, the Giants should still be prepared to pounce if he drops to them. While Justin Herbert may eventually become a solid quarterback, the Giants have pressing needs on the defense, and they already have Daniel Jones.
It will be surprising if Big Blue doesn’t pick a defender on Thursday night.
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