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Which Saints’ player would be the best fit for the Giants? Ryan Ramczyk, of course

In retrospect, Ramczyk should have been a Giant all along

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Ryan Ramczyk blocks Khalil Mack.
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The choice of which New Orleans Saints player would be the best one to plug into the New York Giants’ lineup is an easy one. It is also a painful one for the Giants. That’s because Ryan Ramczyk should already be in his fifth season manning a tackle spot for the Giants.

We’re kind of digging into an open, festering wound by going here, but we have to go back to the 2017 NFL Draft. The Giants had the 23rd overall pick in the draft that year, and after a year of watching Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart try to handle the tackle spots, the pre-draft focus for the Giants was on the offensive line.

Would the Giants take Ramczyk? Garrett Bolles? Cam Robinson?

Turned out, the answer was none of the above. They took pass-catching tight end Evan Engram, leaving both Ramczyk and Robinson on the board.

We know how that has turned out. Engram has flashed brilliance at times, but inconsistency and penchant for devastatingly ill-timed mistakes has made him a lightning rod for everything that has gone wrong with the Giants in recent seasons.

Ramczyk went 29th to the Saints, and has been one of the best right tackles in the league since entering the league. He has started 66 games, missing only one in four-plus seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2019, and has twice been second-team All-Pro.

Had the Giants selected him, there is a good possibility he would have become their left tackle at the beginning of the Dave Gettleman era as GM.

There were vague questions about Ramczyk’s love for the game before the draft, as well as concerns about a hip. Still, Engram over Ramczyk is a choice the Giants are still paying for five years later.