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NFL Draft 2020: Giants’ Dave Gettleman doesn’t trade down in NBC Sports’ Peter King’s 1st-round mock – NJ.com

April 20, 2020

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has three options Thursday in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

He can stay at No. 4 overall and choose the best offensive lineman on the board.

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He can stay at No. 4 overall and choose the best defensive player on the board (likely Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah or Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons).

Or Gettleman can break with tradition and decide to trade down and stockpile picks.

NBC Sports’ Peter King thinks Gettleman chooses door No. 1 in his first-round mock draft projection and has the Giants going with Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs. Here’s why:

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I would bet there are 25 different rankings of the top five tackles on the 32 NFL draft boards—Wirfs, Jedrick Wills of Alabama, Mekhi Becton of Louisville, Andrew Thomas of Georgia, Josh Jones of Houston. The Giants, by the way, would trade down for a good offer; Dave Gettleman has said no to draft trades for so long, but this year those in the top 10 tell me he’d definitely do it. I don’t think there’s a great demand to move up. The Giants need a lot of help on defense, and you probably could defend an Isaiah Simmons pick here. But these are Gettleman’s own words from Friday: “You know my theory. It’s very, very difficult for Saquon [Barkley] to run the ball if he doesn’t have holes. It’s going to be difficult for Daniel [Jones] to throw the ball when he’s on his back. We’ll continue to build the offense line.” Cam Fleming is the band aid right tackle for New York, but he’s more likely a swing tackle and insurance policy, with 26 starts in six years. Wirfs or Jerrick Wills of Alabama would likely play right away at right tackle for New York.

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