'Boomer And Gio': Giants Vs. Redskins Is 'Chase Young Bowl'


The Giants honored their past Sunday, paying tribute to Eli Manning in what was quite possibly his final home start for the team. But WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti were also looking forward to the franchise's future Monday morning.

Despite the win, the Giants still currently own the second pick in April's draft, winning tiebreakers against the Dolphins and Redskins based on their strength of schedule. But Big Blue will face Washington in Week 16.

"Next week is the Chase Young Bowl," Esiason said on the "Boomer and Gio" show.

"I think that most likely whoever ends up losing next week between the Giants and the Redskins will have the No. 2 overall pick," said Gregg Giannotti, Esiason's co-host, "and we believe, at least at this stage, in mid-December, that it's going to be Chase Young, but those things change, of course, by the day once we get closer to the draft."

LSU Heisman-Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow is widely expected to go to the Bengals at No. 1. Young, the Ohio State defensive end who leads the nation with 16 1/2 sacks this season, is a popular pick to be selected second overall -- ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the most talented player in the draft.

"It's the Washington Redskins, so it's in your division. And, like, the last thing you want is a team like the Washington Redskins to end up with Chase Young on their team," Esiason said. "Because I do think he is head and shoulders above everyone else. That means I would think you (the team picking third) would want to draft a tackle, an offensive tackle.

"I think if one team takes Chase Young, the other team's taking the tackle. That's the way that seems to be logical to me, but the NFL is anything but logical these days, so who knows?"

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young looks to get around Michigan offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield on Nov. 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Images

Georgia's Andrew Thomas is the highest-rated offensive tackle, according to most draft pundits.

Young caused a bit of stir Friday night when he told TMZ Sports that "the plan" is for him to return to Ohio State for his senior season. But a day later at the news conference before the Heisman Trophy ceremony, Young backed off those comments, saying: "That moment was just a real spontaneous moment. It caught me off guard. I’m not even really worried about anything in the future. I’m just worried about beating Clemson (in the College Football Playoff) right now."

To listen to the open from Monday's show, click on the audio player above.