7. C Connor McGovern
Connor McGovern signing with the NY Giants has been broached several times on this website, but due to the fact of him being relatively unknown on a national scale, let’s run down his strengths one more time.
McGovern came into the league with little fanfare as a fifth-round draft pick out of Missouri and played sparingly during his rookie season. After switching from his natural guard position to center full-time in 2018, McGovern has upped his value tremendously. Hitting the free-agent market at the perfect time, the fourth-year pro can expect to be paid handsomely.
The center crop is especially weak in 2020, so again, the NY Giants will have to overpay for his services. Also again, overpaying for a player that’s coming off his rookie contract with untapped potential tends to work out at a higher percentage than signing a veteran who may not have much left in the tank.
The NY Giants badly need a center and signing one that is comfortable blocking at the second-level would be a huge get. Saquon Barkley is itching for offensive lineman that can get to that next level of defenders and McGovern fits that profile in spades. Possessing above-average athleticism, McGovern would be a tremendous upgrade over Jon Halapio.
Just 26-years-old and being at the top of his position class in free agency, McGovern will do well for himself in free agency. There’s a legitimate debate to be had whether or not Big Blue should jut address the center need in the draft, but grabbing McGovern would fill another hole and allow Gettleman to attack other needs.
Chance it happens: Moderate
What it could cost: 4 years/$40M