The New York Giants’ draft value just sky-rocketed at No. 2 after the New York Jets traded for the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
By trading for the No. 3 pick with the Colts, the Jets are a near guarantee to choose a quarterback no matter the circumstances. This puts the Giants in a position of extreme value, as a team wanting a young quarterback will need to offer a kings ransom to move up into the No. 2 spot.
Additionally, the Giants can still maintain a top pick and select a premium player of choice. They will also be able to add picks for later in the draft and potentially another first-rounder in 2019.
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What the Giants can do with these picks:
With an additional two-three picks in the 2018 NFL draft, the Giants can attack several positions of need.
They currently have holes at cornerback, linebacker, safety, running back, and of course the ever struggling offensive line.
For example, let’s say the Giants trade back to No. 12 in the draft where the Buffalo Bills currently sit. They would likely collect their 12th overall pick, 22nd overall pick, 53rd overall pick, and 2019 first-rounder.
This gives the Giants two first-round picks and an additional second-rounder in this draft alone, not to mention the extra first-round pick they will receive in 2019.
Who can they grab?
In the first round of the draft, the Giants can potentially grab linebacker Roquan Smith out of Georgia at No. 12. This would give defensive coordinator James Bettcher three massive linebackers to play behind a stellar defensive front consisting of JPP, Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, and Dalvin Tomlinson.
At No. 22, the Giants can go offense, securing guard Mike McGlinchey to lock up the RT spot. This would give the Giants an offensive line consisting of Nate Solder, Patrick Omameh, Brett Jones, Flowers (?) and McGlinchey. Much improved considering what was tossed out onto the field in 2017.
Having two solid tackles will provide Eli Manning with ample time to get rid of the ball, especially with a running back like Jonathan Stewart who can help push back linebackers shooting the gaps.
In the second round, the Giants can go with a running back to kick things off at No. 34. Players like Derrius Guice, Sony Michel, and Nick Chubb will all likely be available with the Giants’ second-round pick.
So far, we have addressed three positions of absolute need. To finish things off in the second-round, the Giants will be using their additional Bills pick at No. 53.
GM Dave Gettleman could decide to make a nifty move here, especially if a player like Ohio States’ C/G Billy Price is still on the board. Grabbing the center/guard could be a great move, as he can be plugged in immediately to take the place of Brett Jones or the right guard position.
Price did tear his pec at the NFL Combine which required surgery, but he should be ready to make his NFL debut in September.