In any case, Will Hernandez would fall from the first lap in the hands of the Giants who were eagerly awaiting the NFL draft in 2018.
Until he does it.
Projected at the end of adolescence during a few trading simulations and ranked at No. 2 repechage offensive guard, Hernandez slid past the Giants in 34th place, second choice in the second round. After a long day of waiting, he experienced a moment of frustration when the Browns recruited Austin Corbett at his starting position for the second round.
The Giants had a "strong first round score" on Hernandez, so general manager Dave Gettleman called it "an excellent gift" to marry value and need.
One year later, the Giants occupy the choice n ° 37, fifth of the second round. Who could be the next Hernandez?
Here are nine hopes on the border of the first round that could slip and make Gettleman's day at number 37:
OT Dalton Risner, State of Kansas: After 50 games in college, Risner played center as a freshman before moving to the right tackle and finishing his career as an American. He was a finalist in the Campbell Trophy (Heisman Academic Trophy) and captain of the three-year-old team, from the mold of his new mentor, Nate Solder.
OT Kaleb McGary, Washington: Winner of the Morris Trophy as the best Pac-12 offensive lineman according to the opponents' vote, McGary was a 32-game starter at the right tackle. Like Risner, he should expect to quickly replace Chad Wheeler as a starter.
CB Greedy Williams, LSU: Considered a possible choice in the top 10 not so long ago, Williams' stock seems to be collapsing. He did not make team visits or private training sessions, according to the NFL network. The Giants need a starter away, and this finalist of the Thorpe Award (best defender of the nation) fits perfectly. He had eight interceptions in two seasons.
CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple: Sixteen months ago he played for Presbyterian College when they moved from FCS (formerly Division I-AA) to Division II. Ya-Sin was transferred to Temple and finished No. 14 in the country with 12 defended passes. He flew up to the work board with his training sessions in the low season.
WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi: The Giants do not really need receivers, after blocking starters Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard following the deal with Odell Beckham. But Brown is a goaltender – a vital part of Coach Pat Shurmur's offensive – and dynamic after the restart, which quarterback Eli Manning needs. He went from the slot to the perimeter after an injury to teammate D.K. Metcalf.
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame: Tillery is a potential target of the Eagles as high as No. 25 and is a patriot type player when they ignore other more obvious holes. For the Giants, he would be a starter in the 3-4, playing against B.J. Hill and alongside Dalvin Tomlinson on one of the youngest NFL defensive lines. The Giants were terrible to stop the race after exchanging Damon Harrison.
EDGE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech: The Giants met Ferguson at the Senior Bowl, his Pro Day, and called him for a visit to the top 30. If the interest is not real, it's a lot of smoke screens. Depending on the conditions of the first lap, Ferguson could be the only 3-4 edge trimmer available and worthy of a choice in the 30-40 range. Even if the Giants choose the best number 6, they could double.
S Taylor Rapp, Washington: The giants have two new guarantees of departure, one of which (Antoine Bethea) is 34 years old. Rapp is a three-year-old starter who can come in blitz, hit his back fiercely and cover a tight end. Landon Collins did not check the third box in the eyes of the Giants and now he's gone. He was in the top 30.
QB Daniel Jones, Duke: Jones is a possibility for the Giants with the No. 17 pick. He could also have left before that date, courtesy of the Redskins. Or he could go to the Patriots at No. 32 to replace Tom Brady. In other words, its projected scope is everywhere. With his family connections to Manning, his fundamentals, and his decision-making, you can almost hear Gettleman talking about value too good to miss.