Report: New York Giants doing extensive work on Justin Herbert

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The New York Giants are one of the most intriguing teams in the 2020 NFL Draft. Holding the No. 4 overall pick and with the draft just days away, an interesting nugget has been revealed about the Giants’ draft preparations.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Giants have spent significant time this offseason research former Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert. In fact, Herbert met with head coach Joe Judge in a FaceTime call and it is just part of the team’s extensive research into the young quarterback.

This comes just a year after the Giants spend the No. 6 overall pick on Daniel Jones. The 22-year-old impressed in his rookie season with 3,027 passing yards and 24 touchdowns across 14 games. However, he also threw 12 interceptions, took 38 sacks and fumbled the ball 18 times.

The Giants easily could be leaking out this information as leverage. The team is open to trading down from the No. 4 pick and would love to take advantage of a team like the Miami Dolphins or Los Angeles Chargers, given both teams reportedly love Herbert.

It’s a bit of an odd move, though, given neither the Dolphins or Chargers will likely believe the bluff. New York knows it needs to invest fully in the offensive line, a position they will likely address with their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

While there’s always a slight possibility that the Giants could pull a move similar to the Arizona Cardinals, drafting a quarterback with first-round picks in consecutive years, that seems improbable.

Ultimately, it seems likely that the Giants stay put and take the best offensive tackle on their draft board.