Through eight weeks of the 2020 season, Giants fans are already looking towards the NFL draft. Big Blue currently sits in dead last of football’s worst division: the NFC East. Despite all but one of their games being close, The Giants have a measly record of 1-7. Although The Giants have looked good and kept games tight with the best of competition, the 2021 draft class has prospects capable of filling some of their biggest holes. Here are some potential Giants draft options.
Draft More OL
Other than Saquon Barkley‘s injury, the offensive line has been the most significant reason for the Giants’ miserable offensive production. Sure, they took linemen heavily in the early rounds last year, but you can’t have too many good linemen. Oregon’s Penei Sewell is the best lineman in the draft class, and He may be available for The Giants to snag. The 6’6″, 330-pound American-Samoan tackle is one of the most highly regarded players in the draft class. Should The Giants draft Sewell, he will be their fourth offensive lineman taken in the first three rounds since 2018, when they selected Will Hernandez in round two.
With Sewell, The Giants can go in many different directions. They already have both Andrew Thomas and Matt peart, who can each play either tackle position. Drafting Sewell would allow The Giants to move one inside to play guard or keep one as a backup. Andrew Thomas has underperformed, but his ceiling is still relatively high. With Sewell, Peart, Hernandez, and Thomas, The Giants line would be set for years, something Giants fans haven’t been able to say in a long time.
Best Wide Receiver in The Draft?
The Giants haven’t had any WR star power since trading Odell Beckham Jr to The Browns. Sterling Shepard is injury prone, Golden Tate is aging, and Darius Slayton is good but not receiver-one good. The Giants are certainly in the market for a better receiver and might look to the draft to find such an upgrade. Ja’Marr Chase would be an excellent option.
Chase is an explosive, do it all, 6’0″ wide receiver out of LSU and the number-one WR prospect in the 2021 draft class. Although he opted out of the 2020 season, less film won’t be a problem when scouting him. In LSU’s 2019 championship season, Chase was Joe Burrow‘s number-one receiver in touchdowns and yards. The only category that he didn’t lead the team in was receptions, where Justin Jefferson caught more balls in the slot. Ja’Marr Chase is an immediate impact player who will be the top target for Daniel Jones right away. It wouldn’t be a wrong move to draft him.
Solidify the Linebacking Core
One of The Giants’ most impactful players this season has been their new middle linebacker, Blake Martinez. Big Blue and Martinez inked a three-year, 30 million dollar deal last offseason, and he has been an absolute difference-maker for them. Although LB isn’t New York’s greatest need, Micah Parsons out of Penn State may be worth looking at come draft time. Parsons is a former high school Defensive End turned massive linebacker. He stands 6’3″, 245 pounds, yet he moves faster than most guys his size. Parsons is a do-it-all type of player. He logged 109 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 5 pass breakups in 2019. Like Sewell and Chase, Parsons opted out of this season; however, he has shown promise in seasons prior. He’s an MLB but can play multiple positions as he is extremely versatile and large. The Giants offense needs more work than the defense, but adding another impact player like parsons could propel this defense into top-ten status. It’s like they say: Defense wins championships.
I want to close by letting all Giants fans know although the team has a bad record, they are much better than they seem. The defense has played at elite levels, and the offensive line has started to hold their own. Saquon is out, which is something people forget, but missing him is a monumental loss. In all likelihood, The Jets will have the first pick, which means Trevor Lawrence is off the table. The Giants will not draft any QB (besides Lawrence if given the opportunity) to replace Jones, despite his turnover struggles. Jones has shown spurts of excellence, and fans need to remember that he’s a second-year QB in a new system. If Big Blue isn’t in a position to land Lawrence, they’re going to add skilled players to better the team, rather than blaming everything on one guy. Don’t throw it all away just yet, Giants fans; if last night showed us one thing, it’s that the future is bright and near.