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Best & Worst Picks From the Giants' 2020 Draft

David Kaestle
Dave Gettleman at the 2020 NFL Combine.
Dave Gettleman at the 2020 NFL Combine. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

After three straight losing seasons, holding the worst combined record in the NFL during that span, the New York Giants need to make a stark turnaround this season. The NFL Draft was a big part of that. While GM Dave Gettleman has actually put together some solid drafts the past two years, this year, more than ever, he couldn't afford to miss.

With plenty of holes on the roster that needed to be addressed heading into the draft, on the whole, Gettleman and new head coach Joe Judge did a pretty solid job. However, that's not to say there isn't some room for critique, as well as some picks that stand out more than others.

With that in mind, here are the best and worst picks of the Giants 2020 draft.

Giants' Best Draft Pick

While it's tempting to go with first-round pick Andrew Thomas here, because drafting him solved such a huge and important need, the value at which the Giants got safety Xavier McKinney is too much to overlook.

Billed as a middle-first round talent by nearly every evaluator, McKinney just happened to be the one guy that dropped this year (every draft has at least one). The Giants were thrilled to snag him near the top of the second round. McKinney solves a need for the Giants and creates a young and dynamic safety combo with Jabrill Peppers moving forward. He is also solid in coverage, good enough to play some nickel corner if need be. He also showed effectiveness when called up into the box, acting as an extra linebacker of sorts.

This also gives the Giants the flexibility to keep 2019 fourth-round pick Julian Love at the nickel corner spot on a more permanent basis, after he was preparing for a potential transition to safety. Regardless of how you look at it, McKinney solves a bunch of problems for the Giants and gives them a back end to look forward to for years to comes.

Giants' Worst Draft Pick

While the player has gotten solid reviews, selecting UCLA cornerback Darnay Holmes is a pick they could have taken in a different direction. Holmes, according to most scouts, projects to be a nickel corner at the next level, which is a spot the Giants already shored up with the selection of McKinney, allowing Love to stay at that spot as mentioned above. Additionally, the Giants have invested heavily in the cornerback position since Dave Gettleman arrived, selecting five cornerbacks in the last two drafts, plus signing James Bradberry to a monster contract. With much more pressing needs at edge rusher, center and linebacker at that point in the draft, this pick seems like the one that could have been done differently.

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