Jeremiah On WFAN: Trading Back In Draft A 'Dream Scenario' For Giants


Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow is the consensus top pick at the 2020 NFL Draft. Ohio State defensive standout Chase Young continues to be linked to the Washington Redskins, who follow the Bengals and hold the second draft position. 

Beyond Cincinnati and Washington, there are countless scenarios as to where the NCAA's top players will head next month. The Giants' approach to the draft relies on which player the Lions select. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes it is a "dream scenario" if Alabama's Tua Tagovaiola is still on the board because contending suitors will likely approach the Giants about a deal. 

"It makes all the sense in the world (to trade back)," Jeremiah told WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts. "If Detroit takes (Jeff) Okudah at three and you're there with Tua on the board at four and teams five and six both covet him, it's a dream. It's an absolute dream scenario because you're going to get free picks and you're still going to get the player you were going to take. There's no reason not to do it. In terms of what it would cost? I would try like heck to get their second round pick."

Jeremiah reiterated, however, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman isn't typically keen on trading back in the draft. Gettleman would likely land an offensive tackle for quarterback Daniel Jones if the were to Giants retain their top-five selection.

'Talking to people around the league, they've heard Gettleman was very enamored with Tristan Wirfs from Iowa," Jeremiah said. "You talk about a freak at 320 pounds, ran a 4.86, jumped 35.5 inches. He's played on the right side and the left side there at Iowa. That's been a really good factory for offensive linemen so there in the same boat as the Jets. You could say, 'man, they need some playmakers on defense' but when you have a young quarterback, that trumps everything. You've got to get better up front."

Jeremiah already projected the Giants to pick Wirfs at No. 4 in his latest mock draft

Jones was sacked 38 times throughout his rookie season; opposing teams sacked Jets' quarterback Sam Darnold 33 times. Jeremiah believes protecting a franchise quarterback far surpasses other needs on the depth chart. 

"If one of the top four tackles are there, then it's a no-brainer you take one of those top four tackles," Jerimiah said. "I think there's a chance as we look at it right now that all those four could be gone. We could see a run on tackles in the top 10. But what gives you hope is that we've got free agency — a lot of rumors out there that the Browns are going to be the team that signs Jack Conklin. Well, they're picking ahead of the Jets (and) that might take them out of the tackle market and the Jets will get their guy."

"This draft is about Sam Darnold." Jerimiah said. "It's about trying to protect him and getting him some help. They need all kinds of help in the secondary, they need edge-rushers but the priority has got to be protecting your quarterback."

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