The New York Giants would have been thrilled if Andrew Thomas slipped through to No. 6 overall. New York needs to upgrade its offensive line, too, especially after this unit has underachieved for a number of seasons.
And it would be a great way to give running back Saquon Barkley some much-needed rushing lanes.
With Thomas gone, however, general manager Dave Gettleman elects to go another route, grabbing Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III to provide rookie quarterback Daniel Jones a solid weapon, as well as a piece to take the pressure off Barkley and the running game.
Ruggs seems to be the kind of receiver Gettleman would like: a good-bodied specimen with speed to burn, particularly following the 2019 offseason deal, which saw Odell Beckham Jr. dished off to the Cleveland Browns.
This move helps alleviate the trade.