When I started looking at the Cincinnati Bengals’ roster and figuring out which player I would like to put into the New York Giants’ lineup, I found that the choice wasn’t an easy one.
First of all, Joe Burrow was not a consideration. Since he is on season-ending IR I didn’t even think about that one.
There is a good argument to be made for left tackle Jonah Williams. After missing his rookie season with a torn labrum, the 2019 11th overall pick is justifying the selection this season. He has surrendered just one sack and 18 pressures, and you can make an argument I would probably agree with that he would be the best offensive tackle on the Giants’ roster right now.
Still, the Giants are heavily invested in Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart. I want to see where that goes, so I’m not taking Williams.
You could argue for cornerback William Jackson III. He is a quality starter and would no doubt be an upgrade over Isaac Yiadom or Ryan Lewis. Still, he is 28 despite being in only his fourth season. Considering that I always look for someone with the longest possible shelf life when I make these choices since the Giants are a building team. I’m passing on Jackson.
My choice? Tee Higgins, the 21-year-old rookie wide receiver chosen 33rd overall by the Bengals.
Why Higgins? Well, start with the fact that he is 21. He is really good right now, and he is going to get better. Higgins also would bring a lot of things to the table that would help the Giants.
First of all, let’s acknowledge that there is a long-term need at wide receiver. Darius Slayton is terrific. Sterling Shepard is a savvy, outstanding veteran No. 2 receiver.
Golden Tate, though, is likely playing his final few games as a Giant. Love Austin Mack, but he’s a complementary receiver. The Giants, simply put, need more on the outside.
Higgins is 6-foot-4, 216 pounds. He brings size and over-the-middle contested catch ability that no other Giants’ receiver can match. My guess is quarterback Daniel Jones would love adding a big, talented target like that to the offense.
Higgins has 43 catches for 629 yards (14.6 yards per catch) and 4 touchdowns. The receptions, yards and touchdowns would all lead the Giants.
Higgins was a player I was hoping the Giants might be interested in on Day of the draft, but he went off the board four picks before the Giants chose Alabama safety Xavier McKinney. Here is Chris’s Higgins scouting report.
Personally, I would anticipate the Giants looking to add a quality wide receiver during the upcoming offseason. A player like Higgins.
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OT Jonah Williams
WR Tyler Boyd
WR Tee Higgins
CB William Jackson III
DE Carl Lawson