Come, follow me into a hypothetical dystopian future. The New York Giants are cut from the NFL prior to the 2020 season. A dispersal draft is held, allowing the 31 remaining teams to select players from the Giants’ roster for their own. Which Giants players do other teams want? Who is the first overall pick?
With this reckless thought experiment in mind, this is a complete top ten of a New York Giants dispersal mock draft. Ideally, this exercise is a useful way to evaluate Giants’ players. Realistically, let’s just hope it’s an amusing way to pass a few minutes.
The draft order is determined by Oddsshark’s 2020 Super Bowl odds, with the first overall pick going to the least-favored team. Dan Snyder, you’re on the clock.
- Washington Redskins – OT Andrew Thomas
The Redskins just traded seven-time pro bowl left tackle Trent Williams to the 49ers, and are currently counting on fourth-round pick Saahdiq Charles to fill his shoes. With Dwayne Haskins in place as their quarterback of the future, snagging the 2020 fourth overall pick Thomas to replace Williams is the easy call.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Daniel Jones
Cancel the Tank For Trevor campaign. The sixth-round pick from 2019, Gardner Minshew II, flashed promise as a rookie and the prospect of drafting Trevor Lawrence in next year’s draft is tempting. But the upside of Jones, who threw 24 touchdowns in 12 games as a rookie, is too high to pass up.
3. Cincinnati Bengals – DT Dexter Lawrence
Defensive tackle is not a real weak spot for the Bengals, but with their needs not matching what the Giants have to offer, they opt for the mammoth Lawrence. The Clemson product played well in stretches as a rookie, and projects as a dominant interior force entering his second year.
4. Carolina Panthers – OG Will Hernandez
The Panthers need help on the interior of the offensive line, so Hernandez makes too much sense here. The burly left guard was a tad disappointing his sophomore season, but will represent an immediate upgrade in Carolina.
5. New York Jets – WR Darius Slayton
Quarterback Sam Darnold has been starved for weapons ever since he entered the league. Enter Slayton, who can replace the departed Robby Anderson and provide Darnold the deep threat he desperately needs.
6. Miami Dolphins – RB Saquon Barkley
The slide for Saquon finally ends! Getting the most talented player on the Giants at a position of need is an absolute steal for Miami. They’re fortunate the teams ahead of them didn’t need a running back.
7. Las Vegas Raiders – S Xavier McKinney
Another big program player for Jon Gruden and the Raiders. Alabama product McKinney and 2019 first-round pick Johnathan Abram could form a potent safety tandem.
8. Detroit Lions – DT Dalvin Tomlinson
The Lions signed Danny Shelton from New England to help plug up the run, but Tomlinson could be their long-term answer at nose tackle. His play was a rare bright spot on the Giants’ defense last year.
9. Houston Texans – CB DeAndre Baker
Baker played poorly as a rookie, and his legal issues this offseason complicate his future. Still, his potential as a shutdown cover man make him a worthy gamble for a cornerback-needy team like the Texans.
10. Los Angeles Rams – OT Matt Peart
The Rams are counting on 38-year old Andrew Whitworth to be their starting left tackle this year. A young, inexpensive tackle prospect with the upside of Peart would be much more welcomed on their roster.