The New York Giants, coming off of a disappointing 4-12 season, will pick fourth in the 2020 NFL Draft barring any trades.
FanDuel and DraftKings have released team-specific odds for the Giants as both books offer lines on who will be New York’s first selection. FanDuel also offers odds on the position of the Giants’ first pick.
The New York offense ranked 23rd in yards per game and 20th in yards per play in 2019, while its defense ranked 26th in opponent yards and 19th in opponent yards per play. DraftKings offers -152 odds on the Giants taking an offensive player first and +125 odds on them going with a defensive player. As of Tuesday, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons had the shortest odds on the board to be the Giants’ pick at DraftKings and was tied for the shortest at FanDuel, but by Wednesday, Tristan Wirfs had passed him at FanDuel and tied him at DraftKings.
More on that soon, but before we break it down, here are the odds at both books.
DraftKings first Giants player to be selected odds
Isaiah Simmons +175
Tristan Wirfs +175
Jedrick Wills +400
Mekhi Becton +600
Derrick Brown +1000
Andrew Thomas +1200
Jeffrey Okudah +2000
Chase Young +3300
Javon Kinlaw +5000
CeeDee Lamb +6600
Jerry Jeudy +6600
Henry Ruggs III +800
FanDuel first Giants player to be selected odds
Tristan Wirfs +170
Isaiah Simmons +185
Jedrick Wills +550
Mekhi Becton +650
Derrick Brown +1000
Andrew Thomas +1100
Jeffrey Okudah +1600
Chase Young +2600
Jerry Jeudy +3800
CeeDee Lamb +6000
Henry Ruggs III +6000
FanDuel odds on position of Giants first pick
Offensive Lineman: -170
Defensive Lineman: +900
Wide Receiver: +1900
Running Back: +5000
Tight End +11000
Hey, we don’t expect the Giants to go with a tight end with their first pick either, but longer odds than kicker/punter? Alright then! Anyway, on to the important stuff.
Joe Burrow and Chase Young will almost certainly be off the board by the time the Giants are on the clock, but pick No. 3 with the Lions is where things get interesting. Mel Kiper, Jr. has Detroit taking Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. DraftKings and FanDuel have Simmons, Wirfs, Becton and Wills as the Giants’ four most likely choices, in some order – an edge rusher and three offensive tackles.
Offensive or defensive lineman likely
The Giants ranked 20th in sacks allowed per game last season and it would make sense if they went with a tackle to invest in their two most important assets, Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.
Nate Solder has underperformed his contract on the left side, and New York signed Cameron Fleming to play right tackle in free agency, but he’s more of a stopgap. The Giants do not have a talented young prospect on either side of the line to grow with Jones and Barkley. And if New York goes that route, it will just be a matter of who it likes the most – and it might not align with conventional wisdom based on what we’ve seen from Dave Gettleman (see Jones, Daniel).
Wirfs surged up odds boards between Tuesday and Wednesday.
If you think the Giants will take an offensive tackle, make sure to look at several books to find the best value. For instance, if you have an inkling towards Wills, you’ll have a lot more juice at FanDuel than DraftKings.
Simmons is frequently mocked to the Giants, and it’s easy to see why. He’s a versatile freak athlete and plays a position of need for New York, which ranked 22nd in sacks. Simmons also projects as an excellent coverage linebacker, so he could help the Giants’ pass defense in multiple ways – they ranked 28th in air yards allowed last year.
The big question is whether or not Simmons will be available at No. 4, but the Lions spent $30 million on Jamie Collins in free agency, who poses a similar skillset. It will be fascinating to see if any trades shake things up in the coming days, which would have a ripple effect on draft odds.