The New York Giants are heading into an integral part of the season with the November 3 trade deadline coming up. They’ve already begun to make moves, sending outside linebacker Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a sixth-round pick.
However, I expect more deals to be done before the deadline, considering the Giants went into the week with just five picks in the 2021 NFL draft.
Here’s a look at all the New York Giants picks after the Golden trade:
Round 1 – Giants
Round 2 – Giants
Round 3 – Giants
Round 4 – Giants
Round 6 – Giants
Round 6 – Cardinals
Luckily, the Giants haven’t found a way to give away their first-round pick just yet, as general manager Dave Gettleman is known for his desire to give away selections. In a lost 2019 season, Gettleman sent a third and fifth-round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for Leonard Williams, and despite his quality play, the team is still 1–6 on the year and stagnating.
Recouping some lost value from the Williams trade could be a good move, as I stated in a previous article listing a number of solid options that could return trade value. Williams is one of them, and if the Giants could recoup a fourth-round pick, smack dab in the middle of the value they lost last year, it could be a minor victory.
Of course, sending WR Golden Tate on his way and giving a younger option more reps could be beneficial, despite having stellar one catch for 39 yards and a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in week seven.
If the New York Giants and Joe Judge wish to continue developing and making forward progress, they must continue to build through the draft and focus on youth players on rookie deals. Signing aging veterans has its purposes, but rebuilding isn’t one of them.
It is always positive to have seasoned voices in the locker room like Logan Ryan and Sterling Shepard, but developing young players around new schematics is a far more effective method for the long term.
With only six picks in the draft next year, the Giants won’t be able to make a significant dent, as we saw what having several late-round picks can provide.
Mr. Irrelevant, Tae Crowder, who was a linebacker at Georgia, was starting for the Giants before he went down with a hamstring injury against the Washington Football Team. You never know when one of those picks will pan out, so acquiring more and trading away, some valuable assets makes a lot of sense moving forward.