The 2020 NFL Draft is getting closer and fans of New York Giants have many questions. Let’s see what we can answer in our latest Big Blue View mailbag.
Marcus Mewborn asks: I really want to Darius SlaytonRookie year and chemistry with DJ last year. It helped him stay on the field and get more reps. You mentioned that the Giants pick up another WR in the design of a larger body that can go up and bring 50/50 balls across the field. Do you think adding another receiver will affect Slayton’s repetition and development? Or does it depend more on how he continues to perform and could help him push him forward?
Ed says: Marcus, it can̵
Austin Willis asks: Since most of the talks about trading the Giants are being drafted, not much is discussed about the fact that the Giants may trade to get further selection for the first round. This seems like a step for the DG, he did it last year when he selected Deandre Baker. In what scenarios would this happen? Are there certain players the Giants could trade to secure themselves at the end of the first round?
Ed says: Austin, I mentioned that earlier in the week. Wide Receiver is a scenario where Justin Jefferson and Denzel Mims are players as I heard from the Giants. Another scenario could be an offensive approach if you don’t get one on your first choice. One name to see is Ezra Cleveland from Boise State.
Matthew Grimes asks: Isaiah Simmons is undoubtedly a unique defense talent. I’m still a supporter of choosing an OT in the first round (especially if it becomes possible to trade once or twice and collect picks for the second day). My question is about players who can take on this type of Simmons role when the Giants play in Round 1 OT. See someone on the giant list (such as Jabrill peppers) or elsewhere in the design (like Patrick Queen), who has skills similar to Simmons?
Ed says: Matthew, as you said, has Simmon’s unique abilities. He is a linebacker who, depending on the matchup, can occasionally be placed in roles in safety or in the slot. Peppers and everyone else you can think of are likely to be collateral that can sometimes be moved forward, not linebackers that can be moved backward.
However, versatility is versatility. Two guys that really fascinate me are security measures for small schools, Kyle Dugger (Lenoir-Rhyne) and Jeremy Chinn (South Illinois). Without a selection from # 36 to # 99, it could of course be difficult for the Giants to find one of these types.
Joel Story asks: Last year, the night before the draft, I noticed a significant increase in the number of mock designs where the Giants took Daniel Jones in the first round. In retrospect, I find this disturbing – not because the choice was Daniel Jones, but because so many media seemed to be familiar with the Giants’ draft plan. If I were an NFL GM, I would want to keep my cards close to the vest so other GMs can guess until the last minute. Why show your cards and increase the risk that another team will act in front of you and catch your player?
So my question is: how and why is something as important as the preferred choice of a team’s first round passed on to the media before the draft? Do people in the team’s organization speak when they shouldn’t, or does this information pass on a deliberate part of the team’s draft strategy to the media? Or is something completely different going on here?
Ed says: Joel, no organization wants their plans published. The fact is, however, that there is a group of NFL media insiders who have access to pretty much every trainer and GM. The more people you have access to, the more you can put together what you think a team could do. Teams occasionally plant misinformation with someone they know speaks. The more you hear from people you trust that “Team A likes Player B”, the more you believe in it.
Near the actual draft, analysts stop telling you what they think and try to be right. They tell you what they hear and what the teams will actually do. It is a big signal when an entire group of better networked analysts come together to come up with an idea.
Do you want an example? Did you notice Daniel Jeremiah’s latest draft? He has been beating Mekhi Becton as OT1 in the draft class for months. Suddenly, in his last mock, the Giants take Tristan throws from Iowa instead of Becton. Has his opinion about these players changed? No. What he hears about what the giants think has probably changed.
It really wasn’t a secret about Jones. Think back and this step was easy to spot months in advance, even if the giants tried to hide it. GMs do not participate in the Senior Bowl game. Do you remember Jones’ Pro Day? If you saw it, the giants were everywhere. They had a lot of people there. If they took a quarterback, it would always be Jones.
Here’s another example. Why do you think Tua Tagovailoa has slipped in some recent bill designs? I think it’s a pretty safe bet that people connected to the dolphins will hear that Miami, without being able to train Tagovailoa or give it a personal body, is worried about what they would get. You can still choose it, but that doesn’t seem to be a lock.
Pb Dorfman asks: My question is why Gettleman didn’t use the transition tag for defensive tackles Leonard Williams instead of the Franchise day? To my knowledge, the transition day was approximately $ 13.3 million and the franchise day was $ 16.6 million.
Williams In his first five NFL seasons, he recorded 34 tackles and 17.5 sacks. I can’t see another team matching more than the transition tag with an offer, and if it did, the Giants could always match.
Gettleman seems to have left more than $ 3 million on the table for a player who is good but not great.
What is your opinion?
Ed says: PB, whether fans and the media agree or not Gettleman (and apparently also the new head coach Joe Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham) appreciate this player. It is true that using the transition tag instead of the franchise tag would have saved the Giants $ 3 million from the salary ceiling. It is what I recommended. However, the Giants did not want to risk losing the player. Marked players can continue to negotiate and sign with other teams. Under the Transition day If a player signs with another team and their current team decides not to comply with the offer, that team (the Giants in Williams’ case) will not receive any compensation. Under the Franchise day if the current team of players does not match an offer they receive two draft picks of the first round as compensation. That is of course a monumental difference. Whether someone agrees or not is irrelevant. The Giants thought the $ 3 million was worth it to make sure they didn’t lose the player.
Bryan Camacho asks: I looked at the “Top Remaining FA” and wondered if there were any names that you think the Giants should consider for a short-term deal. In particular, I asked myself whether I should sign Everson handles, Tony Jefferson, and Cordy Glenn? I know they’re trying to save money on the design, but do you see any of these or other names as an inexpensive investment?
Ed says: Bryan, it is possible that something will happen between now and the draft, but we generally don’t see much movement if the remaining free agents stay that close to the draft. What we’re likely to see are teams, including the Giants, that will return to the market for stop-gap players when they review their draft schedules and find that there are still positions that they need options for. The Giants did that to Mike Remmers last year. Who you might see would be easier to judge once the design is ready.
Bob Donnelly asks: With the changes in the coaching staff, there has been a lot of talk about the Giants taking on more of the coaches’ core characteristics Patriots.
When it comes to passport protection, there are two basic philosophies; Go to the QB or defend the receiving point. NE appears to be a system that covers values that the recipient covers before entering the QB.
The Giants HC and DC both come from the NE system, which would suggest that the defense will take on more of the NE style, but the GM believes you need to get to the QB. (his 3 keys: run the ball, stop the run, come to your QB). How do you see the development?
Ed says: Bob, this question sounds to me as if you were looking for a wedge between the head coach and the general manager before you really had a chance to put together a team.
There’s a lot of talk these days about whether pass rush or pass coverage should be prioritized, with analytics sites like Pro Football Focus leading the coverage fee.
There are certainly arguments for this position. The game is now more horizontal as the teams spread the field, look for matchup advantages, throw the ball faster and shorter, and try to make big games with a run after the catch instead of shooting down. The teams will often only emphasize the downfield pass when they are a few points behind and time is running out. This is a premium for cover and underlines the importance and influence of the pass rush.
Disturbing the quarterback by moving, hitting, feeling uncomfortable, throwing him sooner or later than he wants, hitting passes at the border, and getting bags is important. It always will.
I disagree if you think New England doesn’t appreciate the rush of passports. Yes, they played good defense for a few years when they didn’t have it. This is thanks to Bill Belichick and his coaches. There is more than one way to play and more than one way to disrupt the quarterback.
New England was sixth in the Sacks League (47) and Adjusted Sack Rate (8.1 percent) last season, though there wasn’t a single player with more than 7.0 sacks. Big pass rushers are hard to find, and the patriots have often been an example of how to play without a good defense. I am sure they would like to have one if it worked. The giants too.
I think the Giants will add as many good defensive players as possible to what they did during the free agency. It’s up to Patrick Graham to get the best out of what he has. By the way, check the amount of money and the draft capital that the GM has invested in the defense backend in recent years. He knows how important it is to provide high quality reporting.
@Valentine_Ed Hey, I have a question for the mailbag this week. What do you think of this draft of a trading scenario: Giants advance to 5th place and get the 18th choice of dolphins in the trade. Then they trade the chargers to get their 2nd and 3rd rounder.
– Yash Gautam (@ 20ygautam) April 8, 2020
Ed says: A Twitter question! How about this Yash, if the Giants could do it, Giants fans would probably want to parade Dave Gettleman. I even played with this scenario when I was playing around with some bogus design simulations.
I don’t think it’s realistic. At least not in terms of the returns you expect from the Miami Dolphins and LA Chargers.
Under the right circumstances, Miami would of course trade number 4 with the Giants. However, they don’t give up another of their first rounds of voting (18 or 26) to do so. It would be more likely that the dolphins would be willing to give up their second choice in the first round (No. 56) or their choice in the third round (No. 70). Using the Rich Hill Trade Value Chart, one of these points is a gain for the Giants in terms of point value per selection.
Now for part 2 of your scenario. I think switching from No. 5 to No. 6 with LA would be difficult. If Miami jumps the Giants and takes a quarterback, what real incentive do the chargers have to level up? Who else will jump for a quarterback if that’s the direction they want to go?
However, let’s say they are ready to move from six to five. If you use the Hill diagram, you again overshoot what you ask for. The chargers do not give up their choices for the second and third rounds. The reasonable value to be expected is the 71st choice of chargers in the third round. Again, this would be a win for the Giants in terms of points and would basically make up for the 68th choice they sent to the Jets for Leonard Williams.
Let’s say Miami gave the Giants number 70. That means the Giants have picks 6-36-70-71-99 in this scenario. That would work.
Bruce Frazer asks: Let’s assume that the Giants play one of the four best duels in the first round of the draft. In the second round, if you had a choice between a top center like Ruiz or Cushenberry or Baun, the linebacker, who would you go with if you made the decision?
Ed says: Bruce, I would have no problem choosing Cesar Ruiz if he is still available. It is the top rated center on most draft boards, and the Giants need a long-term answer in this position.
If it’s just Baun vs. Ruiz? I take Baun. I would like to get a center at some point, but Baun is a child who can move around the first seven and make a difference in different ways. You won’t throw it back and play it safe as you would with Isaiah Simmons, but you can use it in many ways. It would be a great consolation prize for those who are disappointed when the giants don’t draw Simmons. On the other hand, Ruiz could be the starting center for week 1 of the giants. So there is no wrong answer here.