It was by no means possible that Will Hernandez fell from the first round into the eagerly waiting hands of the Giants in the NFL Draft 2018.
Until he did.
In a few years as high as the late teenage sham designs and as high as the No. 2 Offensive Guardsman in the draft class, Hernandez slipped to # 34 the Giants, second round second round. After a long day's wait, he experienced another frustrating moment as the Browns challenged Austin Corbett in the same position to move into the second round.
The Giants had a "solid first round" for Hernandez, which is why General Manager Dave Gettleman called it a "great gift" to add value and use.
A year later, the Giants keep the number 37 – fifth in the second round. Who could be the next Hernandez?
Here are nine prospects for the first round on which Gettleman's day could slip. No. 37:
OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State: The 50-starter at the University played Risner as a freshman in the middle before he prepared for the right and his career as an All-He was a finalist of the Campbell Trophy and a three-year team captain cut from his new mentor Nate Solder.
OT Kaleb McGary, Washington: Winner of Morris McGary was the best offensive lineman in the Pac-12, chosen by opposing players r the right device. Like Risner, he was supposed to quickly replace Chad Wheeler as a starter.
CB Greedy Williams, LSU: Considered as a possible top 10 selection not so long ago, Williams' stock seems to overthrow. According to the NFL Network, he did not conduct team visits or private workouts. The Giants need an outside starter, and this finalist for the Thorpe Award (best defense in the nation) fits in well. He had eight interceptions in two seasons.
CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple: Sixteen months ago, he played for Presbyterian College when he joined Division II from FCS (formerly Division I-AA). Ya-Sin moved to Temple and finished 14th in the nation with 12 defended passes. He has flown up with his offseason training draftboards.
WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi: The giants have no great need for recipients after they had locked up the starters Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard after trading Odell Beckham. But Brown is a willing run-blocker – a must for coach Pat Shurmur's offense – and dynamic after catching what quarterback Eli Manning needs. He moved after injury to teammate D.K. Metcalf.
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame: Tillery is a potential target of the Eagles down to 25th place and is a Patriot player if they ignore other obvious holes. For the Giants, he would be a final starter in the 3-4 if he joins B.J. Hill and alongside Dalvin Tomlinson in one of the NFL's most recent lines of defense. The Giants had a terrible stop after trading Damon Harrison.
EDGE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech: The Giants teamed with Ferguson in the Senior Bowl, his Pro Day, for a Top 30 visit. If the interest is not genuine, that's a lot of smoke screens. Depending on how the first round breaks, Ferguson may be the only available 3-4 edge rusher to earn a pike in the 30-40 range. Even if the Giants pick a marginal breaker at No.6, they could double.
S Taylor Rapp, Washington: The Giants have two new starting safeguards, one of which (Antoine Bethea) is 34 years old. Rapp is a three-year-old starter who can run with a flash on his back and cover a close end. Landon Collins did not check the third box in the giants' eyes, and now he's gone. He had a Top 30 visit.
QB Daniel Jones, Duke: Jones is one option for the Giants with the No. 17 pick. He could have disappeared earlier, thanks to the Redskins. Or he could go to 32nd place as the successor of Tom Brady to the Patriots. In other words, its planned reach is everywhere. With his Manning family, good fundamentals, and decision-making, one can almost hear Gettleman talking about too good a value to be ignored.
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