3. OT Josh Jones – Houston
All in all, this is the player I’m most shocked slipped out of the first round. In my last NY Giants dream mock scenario in which I traded down with the Miami Dolphins to #18, I was stoked to pick up Jones as I have him rated as my #4 offensive tackle in this draft.
I simply cannot believe that the Dolphins went with USC tackle Austin Jackson at that same pick over the polished and super-productive Jones. Rumors are swirling that the Bengals will take him with the first-pick in the second round, but if they don’t, he should be in play for Big Blue even though the team used the #4 pick on Andrew Thomas.
Gettleman says he will take the highest player on his board, and Jones would at least have to be near that ranking. Although we still need a center, an edge, and a free safety, the idea of finding two legit bookend tackles in the same draft is a tantalizing one.
Nate Solder can’t factor into the equation here, as I can’t think of many better ways to rebuild the right way than landing two potential blue-chip offensive tackles in the same draft, especially for a team like the NY Giants that has had some of the worst players at the position in the NFL in recent years.
Jones allowed just four total pressures on 325 pass-blocking snaps in 2019, an unheard-of amount.
GMENHQ Grade: 1st RD: B
Team need: 6/10 (after Thomas pick)
Chance he falls to #36: 33%