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3 First-Round Picks the Giants Can Target in the 2020 NFL Draft to Build Around Daniel Jones

David Kaestle
Daniel Jones throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17.
Daniel Jones throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. / Sarah Stier/Getty Images
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Although the New York Giants just endured their third straight season with five wins or fewer in 2019, things could be looking up for the first time since that streak started. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones made his debut, replacing Eli Manning as the team's starter. He's proven so far that he has what it takes to remain in that position moving forward.

The Giants are picking fourth in the 2020 NFL Draft, so with that in mind, lets take a look at three players the Giants could target to build around Daniel Jones.

1. Andrew Thomas, Tackle, Georgia

Andrew Thomas warms up before Georgia's game against Tennessee.
Andrew Thomas warms up before Georgia's game against Tennessee. / Silas Walker/Getty Images

The 6-foot-5-inch, 320-pound monster left tackle out of Georgia is the type of player that could protect Jones' blind side for the majority of his career. Andrew Thomas was the star of a Georgia O-line that only surrendered an average of 1.1 sacks per game this season, which was good enough to be tied for No. 6 in the nation. The Giants' current left tackle Nate Solder has endured a couple of down years in New York and isn't getting any younger, so it wouldn't be a surprise for the G-men to look for an upgrade at the position tasked with protecting their young quarterback.

2. Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Jerry Jeudy warms up before a game against Mississippi State.
Jerry Jeudy warms up before a game against Mississippi State. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Giants have a solid core of wide receivers in Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and the emerging Darius Slayton, but they still lack a true No. 1 WR talent. Enter Jerry Jeudy. The Crimson Tide's top receiver is considered by most to be the best wide receiver in the draft, with scouts drooling over his route running, speed, hands and overall athleticism. While wide receiver might not be the most crucial need for the Giants heading into the offseason, getting a shiny new toy for your young quarterback is never the worst idea. And if the Giants go with the "take the best player available" approach in the draft, there's a chance Jeudy could be the player that fits the bill at No. 4.

3. Jedrick Willis, Tackle, Alabama

Jedrick Wills lines up prior to the snap for Alabama.
Jedrick Wills lines up prior to the snap for Alabama. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Even though the Giants have the No. 4 pick, there's a good chance Andrew Thomas might already be off the board by the time they're on the clock. If they still wish to focus on improving their offensive line, Alabama's Jedrick Wills could be their guy. Wills was Alabama's right tackle, which for them meant protecting the quarterback's blind side since Tua Tagovailoa is left-handed. A player like Wills could either shift to left tackle for the Giants or remain at right tackle (also a position of need) if they decide to keep Nate Solder where he's at. Wills has been one of the biggest risers on many NFL Draft boards over the past month or so, so even if it's not the Giants, don't be surprised to hear his name called early in the first round.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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