2020 NFL Draft Picks
- 1. OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
- 2. S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
- 3. OT Matt Peart, UConn
- 4. CB Darnay Holmes, UCLA
- 5. OG Shane Lemieux, Oregon
- 6. LB Cam Brown, Penn State
- 7a. LB Carter Coughlin, Minnesota
- 7b. LB TJ Brunson, South Carolina
- 7c. CB Chris Williamson, Minnesota
- 7d. LB Tae Crowder, Georgia
Top pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Giants undoubtedly needed to upgrade their offensive line early in this draft, and they took one of the safest players in the class in Georgia’s Andrew Thomas.
Thomas is the most NFL-ready left tackle in the incoming rookie class and he will be an asset for both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.
Steal: S Xavier McKinney, Alabama – 2nd round
Xavier McKinney could have gone in the top 15-20 picks and no one would have batted an eye. For the Giants to get him in the second round is one of the better ‘steals’ of the 2020 NFL Draft.
McKinney can play a versatile role in this New York defense.
Overall Grade: C+
It’s hard to argue that the Giants got two instant starters with their top two picks, but much of the rest of this class is going to have to take a wait-and-see approach.
Darnay Holmes could start out as the team’s primary nickel corner or return specialist, and he will add special teams value right away.
Matt Peart is a developmental tackle who could potentially be the heir apparent to Nate Solder, who was disappointing last season for the Giants.
Shane Lemieux was a solid mid-round value and is a player who could compete for the Giants at any of the interior offensive line positions.
The Giants took an interesting approach late on day three by selecting four linebackers in five picks. As much as New York has struggled in recent years to find guys at the linebacker position with longevity, their strategy there might not be a bad one.
If nothing else, the seventh round of the Giants was one for Joe Judge — a potential group of special teams reinforcements.