The Giants Need to Draft Tristan Wirfs

The Giants need to draft Tristan Wirfs with their first pick.
The Giants need to draft Tristan Wirfs with their first pick. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The New York Giants currently hold the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft and are expected to have their choice of offensive tackle, which is their greatest need. While there are a number of talented tackles in this year's draft, the Giants should be sold on Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa.

The need for an offensive tackle for the Giants is great, due to their offense featuring two talented, young players in quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley.

Last season, Jones was sacked the ninth-most times in the NFL, at 38 sacks. This total was only in 13 games, meaning Jones was sacked nearly three times per game. He had an up-and-down rookie year, and it's easy to see why with that sack total.

Aside from protecting their quarterback, Wirfs would be the perfect lineman to pair with Barkley. Overall, Wirfs is likely the most gifted lineman in this draft, especially with his ability to finish at the second level. Paired with Barkley, we could see many plays with Wirfs pulling out wide and leading the way for Barkley downfield, making a key block on a linebacker or defensive back.

Wirfs' ability to pass protect also benefits Barkley by allowing him to run more routes instead of being a sixth blocker or only a check-down option. The Giants want to get their stud running back in the open field, and with the addition of Wirfs, they may be able to do it in a number of different ways.

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