Gold Jacket Guy
I know what your thinking. I said all that to help you understand why the New York Giants will follow this line of thought in the draft. It’s based on all their offseason smoke screens and free agent focus.
Tristan Wirfs and Mekhi Becton are both outstanding tackles, and yes, without a doubt, both would be an upgrade and would be an upgrade over Nick Gates. The Giants may be able to trade back into the middle of the first round and still take one of the top tackles.
Later in the first round, even if the two most publicized tackles are gone, the New York Giants would still have their opportunity to select Andrew Thomas, Joshua Jones, Isaiah Wilson, or Austin Jackson. Each one of those tackles has the ability to step in at right tackle and play well.
However, with the fourth overall pick, as Dave Gettleman recently stated, teams should be selecting a guy that you can see one day wearing a Gold Jacket.
Isaiah Simmons is your Swiss Army Knife and your cup of coffee in the morning if you’re a defensive coordinator. The all-purpose dominator from Clemson brings excellent athleticism, outstanding upside and is an immediate impact player. Even better, he’s coming into the NFL with significant room for growth. The only other defensive player I place ahead of Simmons is Chase Young, and the Ohio State defensive end will not fall to four.
I do believe Big Blue could trade back. Maybe to sixth in a swap with the Chargers. But I feel that the pick here will not change regardless. Joe Judge has a relationship with defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. Giving Graham some much-needed weapons on defense will impact the way the entire team plays.