Should the New York Giants trade for Bengals WR John Ross?

New York Giants, John Ross

It is no secret that the New York Giants severely lack talent at the wide receiver position. With Sterling Shepard missing the past four games with turf toe, quarterback Daniel Jones has been doomed to a life of running the football.

He is currently the Giants’ leading rusher, throwing for just 112 yards against the Washington Football Team in week six. The Giants haven’t given him much help in the receiving game, aside from Darius Slayton who has finally been activated downfield after weeks of malpractice usage from offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

Garrett has made some interesting decisions with the wide receiver unit through six weeks, failing to maximize Slayton and completely factoring out Evan Engram at the tight end position. He’s trying to utilize Engram as he once did with Jason Witten, a big body target who predominantly runs short curl routes. Engram is best used in the seam and stretching the defense, which is something we have rarely seen through six weeks.

However, the Giants could make a move before the trade deadline to acquire some talent. The Cincinnati Bengals were recently approached by former first-round pick John Ross, who requested a trade. Knowing general manager Dave Gettleman and his lack of refrain from spending draft capital, it is not out of the question of the Giants could communicate with the Bengals and negotiate a deal.

Should the New York Giants take a flier on John Ross?

In short, no. Gettleman has already spent too much 2020 draft capital to be sending more for a player who has only played in 19% of offensive snaps this season. He has started just one game, hauling in two receptions for 17 yards. Ross had his best season in 2019 since his inception into the NFL in 2017. He posted 506 yards and three scores but made it into the end zone seven times in 2018.

While his action has been consistently degraded, the Giants could get him on a friendly deal, possibly for a late-round pick. While that‘s not the worst allocation of assets for a speedy wide receiver looking for a change of scenery, allocating the pick on a rookie WR next year might be more beneficial.

NFL Draft Top 5 Wide Reciever Rankings

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

With the NFL Draft rapidly approaching, over the next few days I plan on breaking down the best and brightest talents in this years class. This Wide Receiver class is INCREDIBLE. This top 5 could’ve been a top 15. There are 15 guys in this class who are game changers in any draft. I’m very excited to see where they all land, here are my top guys and who I compare them too.

1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

Pro Comparison: Amari Cooper

Jeudy is the most complete receiver in this draft class in my opinion. Jeudy has really good speed and is one of the best route runners I’ve seen in recent memory. Jeudy is an ideal #1 receiver for the future. Jeudy has the potential to be a game changing receiver and he can open up the field for other players. Jeudy is very similar to Cooper in the backgrounds both men have and the way they give other players opportunities.

2. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Pro Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins

Lamb is the 1B of this class. Jeudy is a better route runner, but Lamb is better at running deep routes and snagging the 50/50 balls. Lamb is the kind of guy that can kill you over the top or be a short threat and get some yards after the catch. Lamb has high potential and if he develops further as a route runner, he has All Pro level potential. Lamb has the potential to be as good as Hopkins.

3. Henry Ruggs, Alabama

Pro Comparison: John Ross

I’ve heard a lot of comps for Ruggs to Tyreek Hill or Sammy Watkins. Quite frankly, I think Ruggs is tougher than Ross and more durable, but he’s not much better. Ruggs has game breaking ability and an undeniable play making potential. Ruggs just doesn’t strike me as a #1 guy. Ruggs is such a good played, but he seems to be slightly over projected in where he really SHOULD be picked. I like Ruggs, a lot, but the potential to be a bust is prominent, but the potential to be what John Ross could’ve been is there.

4. Justin Jefferson, LSU

Pro Comparison: Greg Jennings

I saw Lance Zierlien make the comp to Jennings here and I love it. Jennings was a very good, high IQ player. He was better in the slot and talented in the red zone. He also excelled when his QB excelled, not the other way around. Jefferson needs to prove he isn’t just a flash in the pan because of Burrow’s incredible play. If Jefferson can do what he did at LSU and put up video game numbers, he’ll be the next great wide out. If he falls somewhere in between Jennings and elite wideout territory, that’d be a great pick for any team and the fulfillment of Jefferson’s peak potential.

5. Denzel Mims, Baylor

Pro Comparison: Brandon Marshall

At the Senior Bowl, Mims caught a lot of people’s eyes. He was unbeatable in one on one match ups. Mims is a unique blend of size and speed. Mims has a really good catch range and is very lengthy. Mims has some risk, but I think he could be a very good outside receiver at the next level. The catch radius he has and his size is similar to Marshall.

Honorable Mention: Laviska Shenault Jr.

I was tempted to stick Shenault over some of the other guys on this list. Early on I would’ve had him as the third best wideout in this class. He’s a game breaker. He’s dynamic, and he’s an absolute beast. Durability concerns have plagued Shenault and dropped his stock. If Shenault impressed in interviews and in medical testing, he could be a surprise high day 2 pick. Shenault is a really good talent and if he stays healthy, could be an incredible steal.

Other talented players who’ve caught my eye include Michael Pittman Jr., Jalen Reagor, Chase Claypool and Brandon Aiyuk.