In Thursday’s first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, both the Giants and the Jets took a step in correcting a flaw that has been the definition of problematic.
For the Giants, it was the decision to select Georgia’s Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick.
Now, I was firm believer in taking Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, but I have absolutely no problem with the Thomas pick.
It is as sound a pick as you could make.
Thomas was the most pro-ready offensive tackle in this draft, and comes from college football’s best conference in the SEC.
Thomas should be a player that immediately starts and make an impact. The hope is he can help and protect Big Blue’s last two first round picks in running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Daniel Jones.
For the New York Jets, it was the decision of prioritizing one of the four big offensive tackles in the draft or choosing one of the flashy wide receivers with the 11th pick.
The Jets got it right by taking offensive lineman Mekhi Bechton out of Louisville.
Bechton is a physical freak. He’s 6’7” and 364 pounds and can run a sub-5 40-yard dash.
That’s a big fella who has a motor.
Bechton is not nearly as polished as Andrew Thomas, but has the physical traits that give him the highest upside out of any of the offensive linemen taken in this draft.
The temptation was most certainly there to take one of the big three wide receivers, but what good is the shiny new toy on the outside if Sam Darnold doesn’t have time to throw the ball down the field?
Not only did the Giants and Jets prioritize offensive line in the first round, they made it a point of emphasis throughout the duration of this draft.
In order for both young quarterbacks in town to have a fighting chance of flourishing, you have to protect them.
It’s not rocket science: protect a young quarterback and give him every chance to succeed.
The Giants and Jets had a lot more in common over the weekend than just the stadium they currently share.
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