The New York Giants could easily elect to trade back in the 2020 NFL Draft, but it would be a first for GM Dave Gettleman.
With three teams in the top six picks in need of a starting quarterback, the New York Giants have immense leverage in a trade back situation. The Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles Chargers are the three clubs preparing to find a passer in the top half of the draft, and if the Giants are willing to trade back, they can gain maple value in the seconds round.
However, it would go against GM Dave Gettleman’s historical values — having never traded back in a draft before. He has also avoided drafting an offensive lineman in the first round, usually spending a mid-round pick on an offensive lineman. He’s known as one of the better OL evaluators in the league, justifying his method of finding prospects in the later rounds.
Even if Gettleman doesn’t draft a lineman, he can still find a defensive playmaker in the top few picks, especially if he trades back with either the Dolphins or Chargers. It’s possible Isaiah Simmons could be available. While I wouldn’t put all my chips on that reality unfolding, adding another second-round pick would be extremely beneficial is plugging a hole of need (center, pass rusher, free safety?).
The probability of Gettleman trading back multiplied after he said, “AbsolutelyÂ we’reÂ open for business,” during the NFL Combine. While they could be pure smoke-screen jargon, this would be the best time for the Giants to make the most of the situation they’re currently in. Maximizing the value of the 4th overall pick with multiple teams indeed of a quarterback is essential unless a player like Chase Young falls to the 4th overall pick.