New York’s picks: A 2020 NFL Draft breakdown

New York’s picks: A 2020 NFL Draft breakdown

As part of their continued rebuilds, the New York Giants and New York Jets both drafted early this year – fourth and 11th, respectively. 

Both the Giants and Jets made it clear that they are committed to protecting their young quarterbacks and star running backs, as both franchises selected offensive lineman with their top picks.

With the fourth pick, the Giants selected Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle from Georgia. 

Thomas was Pro Football Focus’ number one offensive tackle in this class, which was a large reason why he was chosen over the likes of Tristan Wirfs and Jedrick Wills. 

Thomas had a 92.7 overall grade in the 2019 season, ranking third amongst tackles in college football. He was one of few to rank in the top-10 in both run-blocking and pass protection. Thomas’ grade tied for the best seen from a SEC tackle, with La’el Collins back in 2014. 

The Jets selected Mekhi Becton, offensive tackle from Louisville. 

The Jets needed to build a strong supporting cast around quarterback Sam Darnold, and did so with this pick, adding a versatile tackle with great size and athleticism. They decided to go with offensive line route over a wide receiver, their other biggest need.

With their second round pick, the Giants selected Xavier McKinney, a safety from Alabama. McKinney performed at a high level in each of the last two seasons for a top-ranked Alabama team. He produced PFF grades above 79.0 against the run, as a pass rusher, and in coverage. 

The Jets selected Denzel Mims, a wide receiver from Baylor, with their second round pick. Mims is 6’3″ wide out, who ran a 4.38 40-yard dash. There are not many receivers with Mims’ combination of speed, size, and strength, so the Jets’ fanbase can be excited about pairing him with Darnold.

Overall, the top selections of both the Giants and Jets addressed their most glaring needs. Players that are selected in the top-two rounds are expected to make an immediate impact, so New York fans will hold out hope that is the case come September.