The 2018 NFL Draft is less than 23 days away and New York is up to something. Or at least they should be.
The New York Giants currently hold the No. 2 spot in the Draft. To top that off, this year’s draft class is rife with decent quarterbacks while this year has several NFL rosters severely lacking at this position. With Big Blue claiming to be one hundred percent behind their 37-year-old franchise quarterback, Eli Manning, the Giants aren’t looking for a quarterback.
To make a long story short: the Giants are in quite the sweet spot.
They hold a coveted place in the draft that many other teams would trade an arm and a leg for. Even more so now that the New York Jets did just that to move up a meager three spots, themselves.
Last month, the Jets traded up from the No. 6 spot to No. 3, with the Indianapolis Colts, by giving up three second-round picks over the next two years as well as the original No. 6 spot. In giving up this many picks to just move slightly ahead in the Draft, the Giants then in turn can muster up a big payday for the No. 2 spot if they chose to do so.
By trading down, let’s say to No. 5 where the Denver Broncos are looking for a quarterback or No. 12 where the Buffalo Bills are desperate for one (there were rumors that Buffalo tried to move up to the No. 3 before the Jets did), the Giants can still get one of the many players they have been interested in – Saquan Barkley; Quenton Nelson; and after the recent Jason Pierre-Paul trade, Bradley Chubb – while acquiring a few more picks to fill other holes.
And they probably should. Sure, Saquan Barkley could make a huge impact for the Giants if they stay at No. 2 and draft him, And sure, the Giants have been going on and on about how amazing the young running back is. Yet, the Giants have a lot of holes in their roster. A LOT. Trading down could give them the variable they need to fill these empty spaces even if that means a possibility at losing Barkley – as the Cleveland Browns also hold the No. 4 pick and probably plan on going after Barkley if they don’t trade down themselves.
In fact, according to a report from CBS Sports, many managers believe that all the Barkley praise from New York is just a smokescreen to acquire a bigger deal in a trade down. In selling their admiration openly to Barkley, the Giants are letting the
entire NFL world know they are up to talk trade deals since they aren’t gunning for a quarterback like many others are.
In a division where you have the reigning Superbowl champions, and two other teams who are also stacked with star power – the Giants can’t afford to make a mistake this time around. Especially, if they want to achieve that unlikely dream of being somewhat playoff-worthy this season.
Though Big Blue might have been a losing team last season, this year’s draft they are holding all the cards. If they don’t need a quarterback like they say, the No. 2 pick can easily be traded for multiple draft picks that can fill positions they desperately need and also align with a very tight cap space they already have.
So there are many defining decisions to be made in New York during the coming days as the Draft edges closer and closer.
Luckily for them, the Giants control their own fate this time around … let’s hope they don’t mess up.