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2020 NFL Draft: New York Giants seven round mock draft

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By Jordan Katz March 6, 2020 0 Comment
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The New York Giants have lost their identity in recent years. Can Dave Gettleman help bring them back to their glory years with a strong 2020 NFL Draft?

The New York Giants enter the 2020 offseason with a bit of optimism. Even with what was a subpar 2019, there is still a sense that the organization has pieces in place to improve over the next few years.

Having said that, Giants fans do have a major concern. Are the people running the show competent enough to put the players in place for the team to be successful? General Manager Dave Gettleman has been less than impressive during his tenure in New York. Sure, Daniel Jones showed some promise last year. Saquon Barkley is a superstar as well. Nevertheless, the rest of the moves Gettleman has made leaves a lot to be desired.

A significant issue with the Gettleman era has been the direction of the franchise. What is this team trying to be? Are they a team that beats you offensively with a balanced attack? Do the Giants want to run the rock with their star running back and play defense? The lack of identity from the organization is something that Giants fans are not used to.

In this mock draft, the Giants get an identity. It may not be the identity that fans desire, but based on how the Giants’ roster is built, it’s the identity that makes the most sense for them.

ROUND ONE (4th Overall): Jedrick Wills Jr., OT Alabama

Nate Solder was one of Dave Gettleman’s mistakes. Solder has looked subpar for Big Blue during his two years in New York. The problem that Solder presents pertaining to this draft, in particular, is that he cannot transition to right tackle. The Giants pick at four has to play right tackle for year one before potentially switching sides in year two.

Fortunately, Jedrick Wills is precisely the player the Giants need. He played right tackle at Alabama, and he has the athleticism to transition to the left side in a year or two. Wills is smart, he’s physical, and he excels in pass protection by using his strength and his length to his advantage.

Writer’s Note: Some fans might want the Giants to trade out of this selection. The Giants have a lot of needs, and the draft class is good enough to get a star player a few picks later. However, Dave Gettleman does not trade, so expecting him to trade back is a lost cause.

ROUND TWO (36th Overall): Patrick Queen, ILB LSU

The Giants have lacked a do it all linebacker for years. Someone that can range sideline to sideline and makes plays. A player that can cover tight ends and running backs, but also has the size and physicality to be an impact player in the run game. Patrick Queen is that guy. He is the modern-day three-down linebacker because he can run with the athletic tight ends that are taking over the NFL. It’s the kind of player the Giants have neglected for years.

ROUND FOUR (100th Overall): Shane Lemieux, IOL Oregon

Much like their cross-town rivals, the Giants must dedicate multiple selections in this draft to the offensive line. Lemieux is physical in the run game, and even though his foot speed is questionable in pass protection, he understands assignments and handles twists well. Lemieux is a potential starting center in the future, and a good value pick for the Giants early on day three.

ROUND FIVE (132nd Overall): Jabari Zuniga, EDGE Florida

Zuniga had a nice workout in Indianapolis, showing the upper echelon athleticism that you see when you watch him. He does not possess a quality move set besides ripping and running the arch, but that does not mean he can’t turn into a terrific rotational pass rusher. It is unlikely that Zuniga winds up past day two, round floor is probably his floor. However, the media is low on him right now, so the Giants are able to reap the benefits of that.

ROUND SIX (163rd Overall): Devin Duvernay, WR Texas

Duvernay is a late bloomer during the draft process. Many questioned his technique in and out of cuts when running routes. Duvernay silenced those critics with a phenomenal Senior Bowl week. He then showed elite speed at the Combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds. The tape still wins out, which is why he is a day three selection. If Duvernay learns how to run cleaner routes, he has the hands and the athleticism to become a late-round steal.

ROUND SEVEN (195th Overall): Geno Stone, FS Iowa

Antoine Bethea is most likely entering his final year in the NFL. His veteran presence makes selecting a late-round safety something the Giants should consider. Bethea has played both safety positions during his NFL career, which means he has a unique perspective to offer young players. The ideal set up would be a ball-hawk that needs to learn better angles and how to be physical. That is Geno Stone in a nutshell.

ROUND SEVEN PICK #2 (215th Overall): Lavert Hill, CB Michigan

Once upon a time, Lavert Hill had a decent buzz around him. He showed good promise in man coverage and good technique close to the line of scrimmage. A disastrous final season at Michigan ridden with penalties and missed assignments has his draft stock very low. Not to mention, he lacks NFL length for the cornerback position. Hill could still be a quality special teams player, and one day could become a nickel corner. It makes him a later round pick or an undrafted free agent option for NFL teams.

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