If the recent drama surrounding the Washington Redskins potentially drafting Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa over Chase Young has taught the New York Giants anything, it should be that there is a tremendous amount of value in Tagovailoa still being on the market when it comes time for New York to make their No. 4 overall pick
As far as the draft order goes, the Cincinnati Bengals will select star LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick. Despite the rumors, the Redskins should draft Young out of Ohio State. Then, the Detroit Lions pick third, followed by the Giants.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah believes it is a “dream scenario” if Alabama’s Tua Tagovaiola is still up for grabs because other teams could approach the Giants about a deal.
“It makes all the sense in the world (to trade back),” Jeremiah told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts. ”If Detroit takes (Jeff) Okudah at three and you’re there with Tua on the board at four and teams five and six both covet him, it’s a dream. It’s an absolute dream scenario because you’re going to get free picks and you’re still going to get the player you were going to take. There’s no reason not to do it. In terms of what it would cost? I would try like heck to get their second round pick.”
Jeremiah pointed out however, that Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has not shown a propensity toward trading back in the draft in years past. With his track record of never having traded back, Gettleman is more likely to select an offensive tackle with the No. 4 pick to protect quarterback Daniel Jones. As a rookie, the former Duke quarterback was sacked 38 times in 13 games.
“Talking to people around the league, they’ve heard Gettleman was very enamored with Tristan Wirfs from Iowa,” Jeremiah said. ”You talk about a freak at 320 pounds, ran a 4.86, jumped 35.5 inches. He’s played on the right side and the left side there at Iowa. That’s been a really good factory for offensive linemen so there in the same boat as the Jets. You could say, ‘man, they need some playmakers on defense’ but when you have a young quarterback, that trumps everything. You’ve got to get better up front.”
Jeremiah projected the Giants to pick Wirfs at No. 4 in his latest mock draft.
“If one of the top four tackles are there, then it’s a no-brainer you take one of those top four tackles,” Jeremiah said. “I think there’s a chance as we look at it right now that all those four could be gone. We could see a run on tackles in the top 10.”