NFL Draft 2020: Are the Giants at risk of historic significance with choice # 4?


The Giants are entering the NFL draft with needs on both sides of the ball, but none more egregious or important to the development of second-year quarterback Daniel Jones than in an attacking tackle.

General manager Dave Gettleman will likely have his pick from the top four offense tackles when the Giants are on the board with pick # 4.

Opinions are divided between NFL staff, scouts, coaches and analysts on how Tristian Wirfs from Iowa, Mekhi Becton from Louisville, Andrew Thomas from Georgia and Jedrick Wills from Alabama.

However, Pro Football Focus thinks the Giants could be at risk of a historic blunder if Becton’s name is announced by Gettleman later this month:

Taking Mekhi Becton fourth overall could be the biggest draft in recent memory. He certainly looks at the room at 6 feet 7 inches, 360 pounds and over with 35 5/8 inch monster arms, but his performance on the field just didn’t shout out among the top five picks. Becton had a year of escape in 2019 for some scouts, but he was protected by a Louisville offense that focused on exceeding playing conditions and a high screen rate. True pass sets (standard quarterback dropbacks with no screen, action game, or quick passes) are the best way to project attacking liners, and in the case of Becton, it doesn’t look good. He only saw 73 of those plays in 2019 – which is a concern in itself – but the fact that he dropped eight presses on them doesn’t bode well for his future in the NFL. To us, it is at best a choice in the middle of the second round.

Becton’s colossal setting and speed, illustrated by his 5.1-yard 40-yard shot at the NFL Combine, likely makes him an attractive option for Gettleman. Likewise, the Giants would be wise to tackle an attacking tackle in the first round for the first time in Gettleman’s three-year term to accelerate Jones’ development and help open holes for ball carrier Saquon Barkley.

If the offensive tackle is the route taken by the Giants in the first round, there is great pressure on Gettleman to make the right choice.

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