The Giants were set up with the second pick and the Jets, after making a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, were ready to rock with the third pick.
It was supposed to be the sort of draft that set up this town with two game-changing talents.
As we know, the Giants selected running back Saquon Barkley out of Penn State and the Jets selected quarterback Sam Darnold out of USC.
If I would've told you back in May of 2018 that there would be serious doubt about either Barkley or Darnold receiving a second contract with their respective franchise, you would have never in a million years believed me.
That said, here we are in September of 2020 and that is a legitimate possibility.
The Giants lost more than a football game on Sunday in Chicago. Saquon Barkley, the team's best player and most dynamic playmaker, tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.
It is a crippling blow to the 2020 Giants offense, but the injury raises serious questions about the future of Barkley in a Giants uniform.
Barkley's rookie contract will expire at the end of the 2021 season, and the prevailing thought was at some point the Giants would have to renegotiate a new deal.
Is that something you would feel great about as an organization for a running back who has already shown a knack for missing games and now has to recover from a torn ACL?
You wish Barkley nothing but the best. He is a fierce competitor, and although I adamantly disagreed with the logic of taking a running back with the second pick in the draft, he has become an easy guy to root for.
He may have been the wrong pick at the wrong time for a rebuilding Giants organization, but the talent and character has always been off the charts.
It is a very complicated situation for Big Blue. Despite the talent and character, are you willing to give Saquon Barkley a second contract?
Considering the injury and the position Barkley plays, I am far more in the “wait and see” mode before I'm willing to shell out big money for a running back.
And complications loom over the other New York football team regarding the future of their quarterback Sam Darnold.
It's obvious that Sam Darnold has been put in a terrible situation. He has been forced to deal with coaching changes, poor talent and a state of dysfunction that make it almost impossible to succeed at the highest of levels.
It's fair to say that Sam Darnold could be playing better, but when you look at the situation he is forced to deal with, you can easily understand the struggles.
However, the reality for Jets general manager Joe Douglas is that Darnold is entering the stage of his NFL career when he is about to get paid.
With what you have seen from Sam Darnold on a team that looks as bad as any team in the NFL, would you be willing to pay him big money to be your quarterback?
I'm very hesitant to say yes, especially if the Jets were fortunate enough to land the top pick in the draft.
The financial ramifications of the salary cap would make that an easy call for the Jets. You would reset your clock on being forced to pay big money for a quarterback, and take Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson.
It's a no brainer for late September, but there's a long way to go in this NFL season. The Jets will be a bad football team, that's obvious, but bad enough to land the first pick in the draft? That remains to be seen.
Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold have shown promise, but their futures in New York are very much in doubt, which is is not what either fan base had in mind on that very hopeful day back in April of 2018.