The Giants had their bye week, but they were still affected by the action that went down this weekend. And it wasn't in the NFL -- it was college football.
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa had "No. 1 Draft pick" written all over him heading into Mississippi State. However, he suffered a brutal hip dislocation that not only ended his season, but has now put his career in potential danger.
Many 2020 NFL mock drafts had Tagovailoa slated to go to the Bengals first overall, but with his draft stock now busted, things have definitely shaken up.
The Giants find themselves currently set with the third overall pick, and since Daniel Jones is their new franchise quarterback, they wouldn't have been in the running for Tagovailoa in the first place. But since he should be considered off the top of the board (if he comes out of Alabama at all after the season), teams could be scrambling to the top to get their new quarterback.
LSU QB Joe Burrow has vaulted himself to the top now after solid performances throughout a tough SEC schedule for the Tigers, who are the top-ranked team in the country. Oregon QB Justin Herbert is also in the top five for some mock drafts.
Let's take a look at three mock drafts that have already taken Tagovailoa out of the top five:
All these picks for the Giants makes sense, given their inept pass rush, want to protect Jones for years to come with a new left tackle, and give Jones a top receiver. Young is a sure-fire top five pick, with many thinking he's the best overall player in the draft. Thomas is the best tackle in college football, protecting Jake Fromm's blindside all season. And Jeudy is no doubt the best wide receiver in the draft class.
Obviously it's early and draft positions change, but it's school for thought at the moment. What if teams like the Titans, Broncos and even the Bears want to trade up to get their quarterback? Would the Giants entertain it?
A top quarterback, especially of Tagovailoa's caliber, coming off the board has already shifted the thought process for many teams gearing up for next April's Draft. And if the Giants continue their road to another top five pick, it could affect them big time when the picks are all set after this NFL season.