Giants News: DeVonta Smith showing New York love, Daniel Jeremiah speaks out on Gettleman trade back

Alexander Wilson
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Dec 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

As we grow nearer to the start of the 2021 NFL draft, the New York Giants have done a phenomenal job keeping the media running in circles. Dropping smokescreens daily, the Giants have been linked to players like Patrick Surtain, Jaelan Phillips out of Miami, DeVonta Smith out of Alabama, and so many more.

Ultimately, nobody has any real idea what the Giants might do in the draft, and usually, there are whispers of who they are enamored by days before. It is nice to see some mystery behind the scenes, as the Giants sit in an advantageous position with the 11th overall pick. Considering multiple quarterbacks could go in the top 10 picks, the Giants will have their fair share of elite prospects to choose from, which would suggest taking a best player available approach.

One player who the Giants reportedly like is Devonta Smith, who set records last year in college football and is considered arguably the best college receiver of all time. Last season, he posted 1856 yards and 23 touchdowns through the air, six of which came in the postseason.

Smith was seen in New York at the Knicks game on Tuesday evening, sporting a Yankees had to go along with his attire. It is clear he loves New York, and the Giants would be lucky to have him.

Despite signing Kenny Golladay and John Ross this off-season, adding a player like Smith would be a major boost for quarterback Daniel Jones. Not only can Smith play as an “X” receiver on the outside, but can also serve a purpose in different alignments, which the Giants can get creative with.

Sterling Shepard has just one year left on his deal before the team has an out in his contract, so they could execute his contract option if they draft Smith, who would take over his role with even more potential.

Trade back rumors haunt the New York Giants:

The Giants have been mocked as trade-down candidates for the 11th overall pick lately. If a quarterback falls to them, we should anticipate a Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge inquiring about the possibility of moving back, depending on what talent is available and the value they can receive. However, NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that there’s a better chance of a right turn happening in NASCAR than Gettleman moving back in the draft.

Gettleman has never moved back in his career, having been a part of eight drafts as a general manager. We shouldn’t expect this one to be any different, according to Jeremiah, despite other analysts believing they have considered this internally.

I would have to side with Jeremiah on this one, as the Giants will have their choice of top prospects with so many quarterbacks going in the first 10 selections. Adding an instant playmaker on day one is more beneficial than moving back and taking a prospect with upside but some concerns.