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I've said it before, but I'll say it again: The Giants really can't go wrong at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman has options, and he'll likely explore all of them before he has to make his pick 22 days from now. The big question at the end of the day, though, is what position he wants to fill right away and which prospect he believes will be the perfect fit.
The Giants' "Big Board," then, will hold the answers to that question as Gettleman and his team rank the best prospects in order based off their importance to fill needs and their overall skill level. Gettleman has always been one to say you can't go into a draft looking to fill a need, so how exactly should he stack that board?
Let's take a crack at it, starting with the obvious first choice...
1) Ohio State DE Chase Young: Gettleman -- and every Giants fan out there -- will be praying to the football gods to see Young fall to No. 4. He is the consensus best draft prospect this year, and there is a slight chance he makes it past the Redskins and Lions. So he'll take the top spot, especially with the Giants needing an elite edge rusher.
2) Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons: We're still staying defense here because Gettleman, again, likes the best player available. And it doesn't get any better at the fourth pick than Simmons. This versatile linebacker is very hard to pass up with his insane speed and power. And there's also this: eight sacks last season for a career high. The Giants need an edge rusher? How about a do-it-all linebacker that can drop back in coverage, too.
3) Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs: The other experts believe Gettleman will want to continue bolstering his offensive line with a top tackle in mind. Wirfs is the best of the top four that includes Jedrick Wills, Mekhi Becton and Andrew Thomas. He's extremely athletic and many believe he can transition anywhere on the line because of that. He could go right in at right tackle immediately heading into camp.
4) Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy: Before you yell, I don't believe that he will be the pick. But it isn't insane to think that Gettleman may want to get Jeudy for Daniel Jones to use and really make his offensive weapons one of the best groups in the league. A trade down with a QB-needy team could still land Jeudy with Big Blue, and he's the best WR prospect in this draft.
5) Alabama OT Jedrick Wills: This is a trade back situation again, and the Giants would likely have to drop with a team out of the Top 10 to wind up with Wills. After Wirfs, he's the next best tackle, as he's the same size as the Iowa product except a tad less athletic. His one advantage is more time played at left tackle if Gettleman is looking for that.
6) Louisville OT Mekhi Becton: Honestly... Gettleman might fall in love with this 6-foot-7, 370-pound unicorn and take him at No. 4 off the bat to surprise everyone. I say that because he ran a 5.11 40-yard dash at his size, and is surprisingly more athletic than people believe him to be. If he pans out, imagine him protecting Daniel Jones' blindside for years to come, and Saquon Barkley running behind him? Sheesh.
7) Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah: He has to make it on this list because he's going to go top five. But James Bradberry was brought in and Gettleman drafted a couple corners, including trading back into the first round to get DeAndre Baker last year. I expect him to go to the Lions, who traded their top corner Darius Slay to the Eagles.
8) LSU DE K'Lavon Chaisson: After Young, he's the best edge rusher there is in the first round. This is another trade back scenario, and even more of a longshot. But Chaisson was lethal last season for the Tigers, and the need is obviously there.