Who should the NY Giants target in the 2nd round of the NFL draft?

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With the 4th pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the NY Giants should easily be able to find an impact player that can contribute right away. The bigger challenge will be drafting a capable starter in the 2nd round. The team simply can’t afford to mess up the 36th pick.

There will be plenty of great prospects available when it is the NY Giants turn on day two of the draft. The Giants have holes all over their defense and offensive line, and they need their 2nd round pick to be someone that could step in and start right away as the team still has many needs after free agency.

The players featured in this article are prospects I believe the NY Giants should target with their 36th pick. I strongly believe the team should select a safety, center, offensive tackle, edge defender, or inside linebacker with their second-round pick, largely depending on what takes place in the 1st round.

If the NY Giants draft a receiver in the second round, it should be a player they think has a high floor and superstar potential. I could understand the team taking one high-upside receiver in a historically good wide receiver draft class. If they do target a wide receiver, it should be someone with size that excels at winning contested catches.

The players featured in this article are prospects I think the Giants should draft, not who I think they will end up drafting. Some popular players that have been projected to the Giants in the second round that I have omitted from my article include Austin Jackson (OT), Ezra Cleveland (OT), Lloyd Cushenberry (C), Julian Okwara (Edge), and Terrell Lewis (Edge).

Offensive tackle has a pretty high bust rate, and players like Jackson and Cleveland wouldn’t be guaranteed to start for the Giants on day one (especially with the signing of Cameron Fleming). I think Cushenberry lacks the strength and anchor ability that the Giants desperately need at center. Okwara and Lewis are not big enough upgrades over Lorenzo Carter and O’Shane Ximines to warrant the 36th overall pick, in my opinion.

The following players would fill positions of need and be of adequate value to the NY Giants in the second round. Each of these players would become immediate starters for the Giants and could be difference-makers right away.

These are the prospects I think the team should be targeting in round two of the 2020 NFL draft.

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