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Tristan Wirfs “more comfortable” on right side
That is what Tristan Wirfs, who could be the Giants’ selection at No. 4 in the draft on Thursday, said Tuesday on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
“I think I feel more comfortable at right. I have more snaps there, but when it comes right down to it the only thing that’s different is you’ve got a different hand down so you get comfortable pretty quick,” Wirfs told co-hosts Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn.
Wirfs could begin his career on the right side with the Giants and perhaps eventually shift to the left side to replace Nate Solder.
I am the first person to admit that, despite all my feelings on the matter, the draft will feel like a spiritual lift on Thursday night. Over the last month, I’ve traversed every possible jogging path in my neighborhood, read through a stack of months-old periodicals and watched so many episodes of Beachfront Bargain Hunt that my wife and I can identify the prospective homebuyers the moment they appear on the screen. Seeing that we were barreling toward the end of Netflix’s collection of Great British Bake Off episodes produced a twinge of dread. What the hell are we gonna do now?
But I wonder whether having the draft now is akin to emptying your liquor cabinet in a single night. The morning after hangover, the realization that football and the rest of the sporting world are still lightyears away will hit us like a brick. And most of us are not the horde of undrafted free agents, small-school prospects and players with an injury history who will not get any escape from watching this at all. For them, the draft will be just another reminder of how upside down the world is at the moment. Most of us are not the players and coaches who will continue to orbit in this strange football purgatory.
Maybe it’s worth the risk. Maybe we’re all at the point where viable distractions are like the last bottle of hand soap or toilet paper sitting on a barren store shelf. You grab it. You move on. You chalk up that day as a win. But maybe, just maybe, forced normalcy for the sake of normalcy only prolongs what we all seem to know deep down and refuse to acknowledge.
TEAMS TRADE UP TO NOS. 3 OR 4
It’s understandable that the Detroit Lions and New York Giants would love to move back in the first round, acquire more draft capital and still get a premiere talent. It makes a lot of sense for either team, but trades require a partner and there isn’t a team that should be willing to part with the draft capital required to move up.
Teams that would trade up are the Dolphins at No. 5 and Chargers at No. 6; both are most likely eyeing a quarterback. There’s a good chance each has a different preferred passer and moving up the order is unnecessary. Truth be told, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love come with a fair amount of risk so it would be best to not package picks to move up for any of them.
As much as the Giants and Lions want to trade back, the Dolphins and Chargers are well-positioned to let the board fall to them and not part with assets while still landing the quarterback they want.
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