The New York Giants are only about four hours away from making a decision that will change the course of the franchise for years to come, and the choice lands in the lap of new general manager, Dave Gettleman.
According to Dianna Russini, a source within the Giants’ organization is under the impression that they are looking to shop the pick to increase the value they take away from the draft. While this method could be very beneficial, Big Blue might be forced to trade out of blue chip player territory, which ultimately could be costly.
“Spoke to a Giants source. He said the feeling in this building today is the Giants are looking to trade down. When I asked why? He said “we have a ton of needs.”
Spoke to a Giants source. He said the feeling in this building today is the Giants are looking to trade down. When I asked why? He said “we have a ton of needs”
NYG contemplating all options.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) April 26, 2018
Some prime suspects in a potential trade down would be the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. If the Cleveland Browns take a quarterback with the first-overall pick, which they are expected to do, it might force the hand of a QB needy team. This would put the Giants in great position to exploit the want of a team in need of a franchise signal caller.
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The best option for the Giants would be to trade back with the Broncos, who would deliver them the No. 5 overall pick, keeping them in blue chip player territory. Options at No. 5 would potentially be Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson, and others. It’s possible a top quarterback prospect falls right into the lap of New York, which would give them unparalleled value.
The Giants would likely add several early round picks from a trade-back, and according to Russini’s source, there are several holes to fill on both sides of the ball. This would give them the ability to draft an edge rusher, running back, linebacker, and offensive lineman. A profound influx of youth and talent with minimal precautions on the salary cap.
It’s possible the Giants decided to cut WR Brandon Marshall to open up more cap space for their draft picks. Big Blue only has six picks in the draft, which won’t require too much cap-space to cover. After cutting Marshall they would have more than enough if they decided to add additional picks through a trade-back.