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2020 NFL Draft:Giants’ loss strengthens their hold on the second overall pick

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The Giants are only one game behind the Bengals for the first overall pick

NFL: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants’ Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers might have been the latest in a depressing long string of losses, but there was one silver lining to be found.

Assuming you are looking for a silver lining, the Giants’ latest loss, has served to strengthen the Giants’ hold on the second overall pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL draft. The Giants are own the NFL’s only two-win record, putting them in sole possession of the second overall pick.

As it stands now, the expectation is that the Giants would, and should, select EDGE Chase Young out of Ohio State to help fortify their virtually nonexistant pass rush. However, considering the Giants’ struggles on the offensive line, Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas remains in consideration as well.

Current top 10

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (1-11, .573 strength of schedule)
  2. New York Giants (2-10, .466)
  3. Washington Redskins (3-9, .490)
  4. Miami Dolphins (3-9, .490)
  5. Atlanta Falcons (3-9, .495)
  6. Detroit Lions (3-8-1, .487)
  7. Arizona Cardinals (3-8-1, .545)
  8. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8, .479)
  9. New York Jets (4-8, .484)
  10. Los Angeles Chargers (4-8, .510)

Week 13 turned out to be a good week for the Giants’ draft position, with the Bengals, Dolphins, and Redskins all winning. It is also worth noting that the number 1 overall draft pick is now potentially within the Giants’ grasp.

If the Giants are able to secure the top pick in the draft, they could reap an impressive haul for the rights to draft LSU Joe Burrow. They, and perhaps should, still draft Chase Young, but the chance to ransome the best quarterback in the draft for the Miami Dolphins three first round picks (one of which being a guaranteed top 10 pick, and likely top 5) is enticing.

That would give the Giants six first round selections in two seasons. And while they would likely lose out on Young, players such as Isaiah Simmons (LB, Clemson), Grant Delpit (S, LSU), or Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama) would enter the picture and each would provide an immediate upgrade.

Of course, that is all a theoretical future and would need the Bengals to win at least one more game while the Giants lose out.