The New York Giants are likely to select a top-tier offensive tackle in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, leaving them with a void along the edge.
There are several potential second-round options general manager Dave Gettleman could explore, including the brother of former Giant Romeo Okwara — Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara.
And as it turns out, the Giants have expressed an interest in the Fighting Irish product, reports Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
The Giants had not held a formal meeting with Okwara leading up to the coronavirus shutdown, but the 6-foot-4, 248-pound edge rusher did say he harbored no ill-will towards the Giants over waiving his brother in 2018.
“The Giants are a team that gave him a chance,” Julian said, via Newsday. “That’s the reason he’s with the Lions right now. He could have not been on a team. So I’m grateful to them for giving him an opportunity and hopefully it opens up a door for me.
“Whatever happened to him, in this league, you can bounce around from team to team. You have to work and be humble and hope to see the game the next day. You can get cut at any time. I’m not holding a grudge against them. It happens. It’s football.”
The potential hiccup in the Giants landing Okwara is that he is rising on draft boards and may not be available at No. 36, but if he is, there’s no denying he presents an intriguing option.