Carl Banks: 'I Would Understand' If Giants Draft Offensive Lineman At Pick No. 4

Linebacker Isaiah Simmons Is Also A Tantalizing Prospect

Joe & Evan
March 25, 2020 - 6:42 pm
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the NFL combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis.

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The 2020 NFL draft is scheduled to begin in just under a month, at least for the time being.

It’s unclear if the draft will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NHL announced Wednesday that its June draft had been postponed for that same reason.

If the NFL draft does go ahead, the Giants will have a big decision to make in the first round. New York great Carl Banks joined Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN on Wednesday, and, although he likes Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, he said he would understand if Dave Gettleman picks an offensive lineman.

“If they get the right offensive lineman, I don’t think anybody is going to be upset, considering that they’ve bolstered the defense,” said Banks. “Obviously, there’s no Isaiah Simmons currently on the Giants roster, but their holes have been filled. I don’t know how deep those holes have been filled to, but they’ve been filled.”

The Giants have been busy patching up their defense. Last year, Pat Shurmur’s defensive unit was one of the worst in the entire league. Defensive struggles were a big part of why the team finished with a lowly record of 4-12.

It might not have been as bad as the defensive, but the Giants’ offensive line wasn’t great either. Jones also has a fumbling issue that would certainly be helped by a big investment in those who are tasked with protecting the quarterback.

Najee Harris of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs against Isaiah Simmons of the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.
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Banks likes Simmons a lot, but he thinks it’s tough to quantify just how valuable a quality offensive lineman could be over the long term.

“An offensive lineman who is going to be there for Daniel Jones for the next seven, eight, ten years, if he’s successful, is going to prove better than an Isaiah Simmons. And that’s taking nothing away from (Isaiah Simmons) … If they take a lineman, I understand the logic.”

Banks also noted that the top of the draft should unfold in a way that could make it easy for New York to take an offensive lineman.

“It’s not often that an NFL team gets the lineman of their choice. And I think they’ll have their pick of offensive linemen, just based on what’s going to happen in the first three picks of this draft.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full interview with Carl Banks.