1. Draft Austin Jackson in the second round of the draft
Currently, it appears as though the New York Giants are in prime position to draft Chase Young with their first-round pick. While offensive tackle is a high priority, with the poor play of Mike Remmers and Nate Solder this season, drafting a potential game changer like Chase Young would prove to be the more prudent move for the Giants. As a result, they should select left tackle Austin Jackson out of USC in the second round to fill their need at tackle.
At 6’6″ and 305 pounds, Jackson is quickly moving up draft boards, with most experts projecting that he will be selected in the late first round or early second round. With names like Andrew Thomas, Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Willis and Alex Leatherwood currently projected to go before Jackson, there is a good chance that he makes it to the very early part of the second round, where the Giants are currently slotted to pick.
Jackson is extremely athletic, has fluid hips, has quick feet and great agility. Fundamentally, he is still a bit raw, which is why he is currently projected to be picked behind the aforementioned names. Make no mistake though, Jackson has the makings of an elite franchise tackle in the NFL. In addition to his excellent athleticism, Jackson is a high character player, something that is of importance for a team as young as the Giants.
If Jackson is available when it comes time for New York to make their second round pick, they need to sprint to the podium to make the selection. If for some reason he has already been selected, the Giants need to select the best remaining tackle to help shore up what has been a major detriment to their offensive production.