The New York Giants got their victory over the Washington Redskins and completed the season sweep of their division rival on Sunday. But in climbing to 4-11 on the season, the Giants have also dropped down in the draft order.
Top 10 Draft Order
- Cincinnati Bengals (1-14, .560)
- Washington Redskins (3-12, .498)
- Detroit Lions (3-11-1, .506)
- New York Giants (4-11, .471)
- Miami Dolphins (4-11, .492)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10, .483)
- Los Angeles Chargers (5-10, .510)
- Carolina Panthers (5-10, .546)
- Arizona Cardinals (5-9-1, .531)
- New York Jets (6-9, .475)
The presence of both Detroit and Washington ahead of the Giants means that their odds of having Ohio State EDGE Chase Young fall to them are virtually nil.
While the stat lines of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are certainly good to see, we can’t ignore the fact that one of the very worst offenses (averaging 15.4 points per game) in the NFL just hung 35 points on the Giants and Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum combined to complete over 75 percent of their passes. If there is one thing this game made perfectly clear, it is how much their defense needs a player of Young’s caliber.
To paraphrase former BBV writer InvictusIXI: If we take the long view that Young could be the ace pass rusher this team desperately needs to set off their defensive front and make life easier on their young secondary, this was a pyrrhic victory for the Giants.
The possibility still exists that the Giants could regain the second overall pick, but the Giants would need Detroit to beat the Green Bay Packers, Washington to beat the Dallas Cowboys, and (for insurance) Miami beating the New England Patriots — all while the Giants fall to the Philadelphia Eagles.
If the Giants win this Sunday and the teams around them lose, they could fall as far as seventh or eighth overall. The good news is still that the Giants’ .470 strength of schedule is still the fourth-lowest in the NFL. That gives them the edge in any tiebreakers in draft order.
The time has come to not only start looking hard at players like Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, but also Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy, Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons, and Ohio State CB Jeffery Okudah.