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Instant reaction: Cesar Ruiz to New York Giants at No. 36 as BBV community mock draft concludes - Big Blue View
Sorry, I’m not happy with not landing an offensive tackle
The results are in for the New York Giants at No. 36 in the now-concluded Big Blue View Community Mock Draft. Our voters have selected Michigan center Cesar Ruiz for the Giants in Round 2, with 62 percent (1,732) of the 2,797 voters tabbing Ruiz. Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland was selected 885 times (32 percent). Our voters selected Isaiah Simmons with the fourth overall pick, giving the Giants a hybrid defender and a potential starting center with their two picks. This might not be a surprise, but I dont like it. In all honesty, my dislike is still more about the selection of Simmons at No. 4 than Ruiz at 36. I figured Ruiz would be the pick, mocked him to the Giants with this pick on a number of occasions and in the right circumstance could easily support his selection at No. 36. You know where Im going with this. The problem with this draft is that for me the bare minimum responsibility for the Giants in this draft is to come away with someone they KNOW can be a starting right tackle in the 2020 season, if not a player who could eventually swing to the left side. I get the excitement about Simmons. I get that center is a need, too, and that Ruiz is the top center on most draft boards. Both players happen to be good value at the spots where the Giants draft, and both would help the Giants get better. Ruiz, though, cant block edge rushers. The problem for me is that the Giants drafted Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley in the first rounds of the last two drafts, and this draft does nothing to address the offensive tackle spot that was and still appears to be the biggest issue on offense. With all of the quality, starting-caliber offensive tackles available in this draft it really is a dereliction of duty in my view if the Giants dont come away with one. If the Giants have to wait until the 99th pick (near the end of Round 3) or later, the best they are going to end up with is a developmental tackle who should not be counted on to make a significant 2020 contribution. Maybe they could get lucky. Maybe Nick Gates or Cameron Fleming can do the job at right tackle and a mid-round tackle like Prince Tega Wanogho, Matt Peart, or Saahdiq Charles can be drafted and developed into a 2021 starter. Maybe Ruiz will be a terrific player and will anchor the line for a decade. Maybe Simmons will be an All-Pro. Maybe. Then again, maybe edge rushers will spend the next couple of years wrecking the careers of Jones and Barkley because the Giants havent fixed that problem. Thats a gamble I would rather not take. No. 1 (Cincinnati Bengals) Joe Burrow, QB, LSU No. 2 (Washington Redskins) Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State No. 3 (Detroit Lions) Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State No. 4 (New York Giants) Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson No. 5 (Miami Dolphins) Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama No. 6 (LA Chargers) Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon No. 7 (Carolina Panthers) Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn No. 8 (Arizona Cardinals) Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa No. 9 (Jacksonville Jaguars) Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama No. 10 (Cleveland Browns) Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville No. 11 (New York Jets) Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama No. 12 (Las Vegas Raiders) CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma No. 13 (San Francisco 49ers) Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama No. 14 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia No. 15 (Denver Broncos) Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina No. 16 (Atlanta Falcons) KLavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU No. 17 (Dallas Cowboys) C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida No. 18 (Miami Dolphins) Josh Jones, OT, Houston No. 19 (Las Vegas Raiders) Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma No. 20 (Jacksonville Jaguars) Jordan Love QB, Utah State No. 21 (Philadelphia Eagles) Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU No. 22 (Minnesota Vikings) Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU No. 23 (New England Patriots) Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin No. 24 (New Orleans Saints) Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU No. 25 (Minnesota Vikings) Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State No. 26 (Miami Dolphins) Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama No. 27 (Seattle Seahawks) A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa No. 28 (Baltimore Ravens) Patrick Queen, LB, LSU No. 29 (Tennessee Titans) Austin Jackson, OT, USC No. 30 (Green Bay Packers) Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor No. 31 (San Francisco 49ers) A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson No. 32 (Kansas City Chiefs) DAndre Swift, RB, Georgia Round 2 No. 33 (Cincinnati Bengals) Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama No. 34 (Indianapolis Colts) Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State No. 35 (Detroit Lions) Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU No. 36 (New York Giants) Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
Pro-ready? Forget that — Giants coach Joe Judge says draft is about long-term upside - Big Blue View
Judge reminds that draft is about the future
Joe Judge on Wednesday shot down the idea that the New York Giants will, because of the interrupted NFL offseason, need to look for players who are pro ready in next weeks 2020 NFL Draft. Youre always looking for the best player available. To me that means long-term upside, said the Giants rookie head coach. If you think youre taking someone whos pro-ready, what all these rookies find out the second they step in the building is none of them are pro-ready. Thats why they need the spring program. Thats why they need training camp. Thats why they go through growing pains as rookies. Thats a stark reminder that the draft is not necessarily about the upcoming season. It is about the long-term success of your football team. To me its about finding the upside in the player, of looking down the long scope of a career and seeing who is going to be the best player with the most upside for you, Judge said. Theres really no short-term fix or bandage. ... No ones a finished product, whether they are a college guy who is getting drafted or someone who is in the league right now. Judge said one of the things he learned with the New England Patriots was to evaluate players based on future projections rather than past performances. The biggest part of the draft is evaluating the players not for what theyve done in the past, but for what they can do in the future, Judge said. Youve gotta have foresight to see how their skillset can really add to your team and how youre going to use them. Judge added that without Pro Days, 30-man visits and other meetings or workouts, having trusted contacts at various college programs is critical. To me its important to not just talk to someone at that program but talking to someone you trust at that program thats really going to tell you inside and out what that players like as a person, as a teammate, and as a player on a daily basis.