'Boomer And Gio': Giants Shouldn't Worry About Falling Slightly In Draft Order

New York Currently Holds The No. 4 Pick

Boomer and Gio
December 23, 2019 - 9:09 am

The Giants’ win over the Redskins has big implications for the 2020 NFL draft.

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New York won 41-35 over Washington in overtime on Sunday. Daniel Jones thrived as he threw five touchdowns, without an interception, and the Giants won their second game in a row. Those two wins mean the team would have the fourth pick in April’s draft, if the season ended today.

Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti began their morning show on WFAN by discussing whether the Giants were right to be trying to win. Both hosts agreed they’d rather see progress at the end of the season then just losing to try and get a better draft pick.

“And I’m not worried, if I’m Dave Gettleman, that I fell from 2 to 4 and then maybe even can fall even farther,” said Giannotti. “How many holes do the Giants have? … They’ve got holes all over the place. I understand the best case scenario was for Daniel Jones to do what he did and then have the Giants still lose the game and then you feel better about it, but let’s not act like the Giants entire future was flushed down the toilet yesterday because they won this game.”

With one week left in the season, the Giants aren’t yet locked into that No. 4 pick. If they lose to the Eagles in Week 17 they could move up the draft more, but if they win they could find themselves falling out of the top five.

Despite these back-to-back victories, the Giants’ defense has struggled heavily this year at times. They have relied on young players to get by, and, as Gio says, could easily find a defensive player they need at any position in the first round.

Landover, Maryland, USA; Giants quarterback Daniel Jones celebrates with fans while leaving the field after the Giants game against the Redskins at FedExField on Dec 22, 2019.
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Chase Young is considered the favorite to be chosen second in the draft, but the Giants may not have a chance to get him. Instead, Esiason noted they could also draft an offensive lineman, which is another need.

“I think most people feel like Chase Young is going to be that second pick, and everyone wants an edge rusher,” said Esiason. “To me, the Giants have got to draft a big offensive tackle. And what’s wrong with that? That would be the kid out of Georgia (Andrew Thomas), who is also a can’t miss player. He just plays a different position is all.”

Esiason was also encouraged by the play of Saquon Barkley on Sunday. Barkley ran for 189 yards and scored a touchdown.

“All of a sudden, the last couple weeks, you’re seeing the healthy Saquon Barkley. Nothing would be more fitting for the New York Giants next week, then to beat Philadelphia and knock them from the playoff ranks.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full segment from the morning show with Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti. 

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