Speaking at the recent NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ickey Ekwonu said he believed he would be this year’s overall number one pick in the draft. This certainly shows how much confidence he has in his own ability and reputation.
To be fair, he is not the only person who feels this way. ESPN’s Mel Kipper tipped Ekwonu to be the top overall pick in his latest mock draft. So, does this make it a foregone conclusion that the versatile lineman will end up at Jacksonville Jaguars considering their first pick position?
We spoke to a New Jersey based gambling expert who does not think this is necessarily the case. He said,
“There is no certainty that the Jaguars will go for Ekwonu if he is the overall number one pick. And, if Giants or Jets do get an opportunity, they would do well to carefully consider it. In our industry we see the deficiencies with both teams and such a versatile lineman could be a good fit for both of them.”
It’s certainly true that the Giants and Jets both have gaps to fill and improvements to make, but is Ekwonu the best solution for them?
The Giants have fifth and seventh picks this year while Jets pick fourth and 10th. So, there is certainly a possibility for Ekwonu to end up at either team. The question is, would either the Giants or the Jets benefit from his presence?
Confidence is one valuable asset that Ekwonu certainly brings to the party, and this would be an advantage to any team. Any Giants or Jets fan will tell you that some extra belief would certainly come in useful in the offensive line of either team in order to boost performance levels.
In particular, the Giants need assistance at both guard spots and right tackle and experts suggest that the Jets have issues across their entire line. Ekwonu has confirmed that he regards himself as a left tackle, but he has also expressed a willingness to switch to guard when playing in the NFL. So he could be a good solution for either team.
Ekwonu has no personal allegiance to either the Jets or the Giants. The Charlotte native grew up watching the Panthers who have sixth pick this year. He has also already spoken to the Jaguars.
However, all of this does not mean he could not be attracted to joining either the Jets or the Giants. Although Ekwonu was born in North Carolina to Nigerian parents, he has relatives in New Jersey which may attract him to the area.
The truth is that only time will tell where Ekwonu pursues his NFL career. But, if circumstances go in their favor, there is a good chance that either the Giants or the Jets could go for him. He would certainly be a valuable addition to either of their offensive lines.