New York Giants: Major Rumors Surrounding A Draft Day Trade

The New York Giants could look to draft Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick.

The New York Giants are reportedly searching for their successor to Eli Manning. There are a few quarterbacks expected to go in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The top quarterback prospect is Dwayne Haskins Jr. from Ohio State University.

Many believe the Giants will be targeting him in the draft to succeed Eli Manning. However, the Giants are picking 6th, and there is a chance other quarterback-needy teams might trade ahead of the Giants to take Haskins. But if the Giants want to prevent that from happening, they could make a trade of their own.

Giants And Cardinals Trade Rumors:

The Giants hold the 6th pick, which might put them in a precarious position when drafting a quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals hold the 1st overall pick in the draft this year. Last year, the Cardinals traded up to the 10th pick to draft quarterback Josh Rosen. Because of this, they do not need a quarterback and could trade their pick away to a quarterback-needy team. That team could be the Giants.

If the Giants want to prevent teams like the Broncos, Jaguars, Dolphins, and Raiders from taking their quarterback of the future, they could trade for the 1st overall pick. Then the Giants could select whoever they wanted. If the Giants were to make this move, they would do so in order to select Dwayne Haskins.

It is rumored that the Giants and Cardinals have been in contact regarding a trade for the number one pick. The rumor states that the Giants called to ask the Cardinals their price and the two teams have been in contact since. Trade talks have not been confirmed, but a few outlets have been circling this rumor around this week. This rumor is very exciting for Giants fans, but unfortunately, at this point, it is only a rumor.

What Would It Take To Make The Deal?

If the Giants were to make the Cardinals an offer, Draft Tek‘s NFL Draft Trade Value Chart could help us project what the Giants might need to give up. The 1st overall pick has a value of 3,000 points, and the 6th overall pick has a value of 1,600 points.

The Giants would have to give up the 6th pick, of course. But on top of that they would likely need to give up at least two more picks. The Giants’ second round pick is worth 530 points, totaling the two Giants picks at 2,130. In order to make up the 870 points the Giants are missing, they will likely need to throw in their 2020 1st round draft pick. The fact that the Giants would be getting a quarterback with this deal may inflate the price. So if the Giants need to throw in a 2020 second-fifth round pick also, that should come as no surprise.

In 2004, the Giants made a draft day trade to acquire Eli Manning. Manning was selected first overall by the Chargers, so it was essentially like they were trading for the 1st pick. The Giants held the 4th pick and selected Philip Rivers with the intent to trade him to San Diego. The Chargers and Giants did strike a deal, bringing Manning to New York.

The Giants traded Philip Rivers (the 4th pick), a 2004 third round draft pick, a 2005 first round draft pick, and a 2005 fifth round draft pick in order to acquire Eli Manning. Some would call that a king’s ransom. Most would consider it a fair deal considering Manning lead the Giants to two Super Bowl victories en route to a Hall Of Fame carer.

If the Giants want to move up to select Dwayne Haskins (or any other quarterback), the 2004 trade for Manning could be a good model to project what they would need to give up in 2019.

Davis Webb Continues To Improve, Videos Show Improved Footwork From Under Center

The New York Giants have a potential quarterback problem that will arise after Eli Manning is told to hit the road. But for now, all we can do is speculate.

So, let’s look at some actual film of the quarterback that’s already on the Giants’ roster… Davis Webb. Many Mock drafts have GM Dave Gettleman taking Josh Rosen at no. 2 overall, but that consensus could drastically change if Webb can show his abilities from under center. Luckily for us, we have some tape of him taking snaps and dropping back to deliver perfect strikes.

The process:

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The odds are stacked against the former third-round pick, but his constant want to improve and willingness to work diligently on the offseason is apparent. He wants that starting job, and it’s fair to say he’s doing everything to earn it.

Let’s break down the video below:

On the first throw, Webb drops back from under center with solid footwork, simulates moving up into the pocket to avoid pressure, and delivers a solid pass to his receiver over the middle. It’s nice to see his movement looking so fluid and fundamentally solid. Webb worked from the shotgun primarily in college, causing him to lose some stock from teams that use a pro-style offense.

On the second throw in the video, Webb drops back and resets just before the receiver makes his break. He proceeds to deliver a perfect strike to his receiver in stride. There’s no doubt his footwork has improved and his accuracy looks solid from the practice field.

The big question is: Can he deliver on an NFL field?

Reminder, we can say the same thing about any quarterback being drafted in the upcoming NFL draft… Can they reproduce their college success on a professional field?

 

Check Out How Much Davis Webb’s Footwork Has Improved Since College

If you’re one of the fans that think Davis Webb can’t be the next quarterback of the New York Giants, you’re going to want to check out his latest workout clips.

Here’s a clip of Webb from one specific game against Washington; where he struggles with his footwork and overall had a poor game.

In this play, Webb is hopping and his footwork seems sloppy, as he doesn’t provide any leg strength into his throw, or plant his feet. His decision to throw into near triple coverage is also questionable, and his vision due to lack of movement is a problem.

Now, let’s check out a video taken recently of his footwork:

Watch how Webb drops back and plants his back foot, using his hips to provide zip and power into his throw. That’s a VASTLY different throw when it comes to his old mechanics in college.

The hesitation right before he throws to ensure his foot is stabilized and his receiver is open is exactly what you want to see at the next level. Identify a target, stabilize quickly, and release with power and accuracy.

Here’s another example of his refined mechanics; as he drops back with quick steps and resets at the point of release. Compared to the first video, you can see a major difference in terms of length of steps backwards and his ready position to throw to a receiver.

Here’s a short play-action clip, where Webb steps back smoothly and delivers a strike with power. His transition from the ready position through his hips and into his delivery is flawless. There is no doubt he has improved since his days at college.

Here’s a clip from college to use as a comparison:

Just look how poor Webb’s drop-back was in this game against Washington… If you compare that to the clips above, there is almost no comparison to be made. Two completely different quarterbacks in terms of mechanics (footwork & throwing motion).

The bottom line, Webb is showing major improvements since being drafted in the third-round last year. If the new regime believes they have their future quarterback already on the roster, they can address other needs on the team which would put the Giants in great position moving forward.

It’s also important to mention Pat Shurmur’s success with quarterbacks, and how beneficial he could be to a player like Webb moving forward.

What Saquon Barkley Would Bring To The Giants That Josh Rosen Wouldn’t

The New York Giants have an interesting predicament at their hands, and as always, revolves around their No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

They could go several different directions with the pick, but the options of taking a quarterback or Penn States’ Saquon Barkley lead the pack.  The early consensus is that Rosen would fit the mold best for the Giants, as he brings precision, gusto, and a pocket passer presence in his game.

But the other side of the story has New York sticking with Eli Manning for at least one more season, and allowing Davis Webb to test the waters. So in this situation, taking Barkley might be the best move, or at the very least trading back a few spots and praying to the football gods that he falls into their hands.

The question is: What does Barkley bring to the table that makes him such an enticing pick for the Giants?

The Penn State running back compiled 1,271-yards in his junior year with the Nittany Lions, averaging 5.9 yards-per-carry in addition to 632 receiving yards. Let’s not forget to mention his 21 total touchdowns over the course of 13 games. It’s also important to note that he was the focal point of the Penn State offense, which caused defenses to heavily plan around stopping the dynamic back.

So, what would he bring to the Giants?

Barkley would be a god-send to an offense that lacks a true work-horse back and a genuine blocker to protect Manning from incoming edge rushers. Grabbing the stud runner would immediately provide an influx of talent in the backfield, and offer a dynamic talent to complement Odell Beckham Jr.

In comparison to what UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would bring to New York, Barkley would offer an immediate difference on the offense, while Rosen would likely sit a year or two behind Manning. Utilizing the Giants’ 2018 first-round pick right away gives Barkley the edge in this scenario, as his strengths extend to pass-catching and even splitting out wide as a make-shift receiver.

New head coach Pat Shurmur would ultimately have a plethora of options at his disposal with Barkley as the starting running back.

Now the counter-argument would be:

The Giants aren’t making a Super Bowl anytime soon regardless of who is picked, so why not take a franchise quarterback and plan for the future?

If Rosen or any quarterback comes to New York and earns zero first-team reps with players such as OBJ, Shepard or the offensive line until 2019, it would already put him at a disadvantage. Logically, it would take him at least a full season to grow accustom to his teammates, which would inevitably waste  two full seasons of OBJ’s mega-deal in which he will be making top-dollar (not to mention Andrew Norwell if he’s signed).