Despite all of the hype surrounding Daniel Jones spurred from an incredible performance in his first real NFL debut in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Giants have spiraled into a seven-game losing streak since his second start.
While Jones has given Giants' fan hope about the franchise's future, a 2-7 New York team is clearly a few major additions away from making some real postseason noise. Assuming the Giants continue down the path they have been on since early October, here are three players New York should to target with its first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
1. Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State Buckeyes
Considering the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are likely both in the hunt for a quarterback with their top picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Giants could luck out with Chase Young falling into their hands with either the second or third pick. Young leads the nation with 16.5 sacks, despite missing two games due to a suspension. If he finishes the season with his current 32.4 percent pass-rush win rate, it would be the highest grade Pro Football Focus has ever given out. No other lineman has ever finished above 30.0 percent in that grade, and he's still only 20 years old. Introducing a talent like Young to the Giants defensive line should bring immediate rewards to a team averaging only 2.4 sacks per game this season (T-No. 19 in the NFL).
2. Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama Crimson Tide
Jerry Jeudy is the top name on arguably the most talented and explosive wide receiving corps in the country, sharing targets with Devonta Smith, Henry Ruggs III and Jalen Waddle. Jeudy is showing a slight regression from his sophomore campaign that saw him tally 1,315 yards and 14 TDs through the air, but he still boasts 933 and nine scores thus far in 2019. After trading away Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland last offseason, the Giants have looked light in the WR department with an older Golden Tate leading the charge. Adding a weapon like Jeudy could help with Jones' development under center, as he'd instantly become the team's most explosive wideout.
3. Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia Bulldogs
Keeping with the idea of adding pieces to help support the development of Danny Dimes, drafting a player like Andrew Thomas would be a safe bet for the Giants. Thomas has held his own and then some against some of the nation's most NFL-ready talent through a three-season résumé of SEC football, including a 2018 national championship run. Considering Jones leads the NFL in fumbles with 14 on the season, Thomas' presence on this offensive line could help give New York's franchise QB a little more breathing room in the pocket next season.
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