The New York Giants are “internally considering” trading down from the 11th pick in this year’s draft, Dave Gettleman has never traded down from a 1st round pick in his career as a general manager. This news comes as a surprise because the Giants are right outside of the top ten and still need a bit of help despite their free-agent acquisitions.
New York is still a ways away from competing, with needs at offensive line and linebacker and an extra playmaker at receiver or on the defensive line, number 11 isn’t a bad spot to be at. They are in line for Alabama products Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, as well as Rashawn Slater, Christian Darrisaw, or Alijah Vera-Tucker. Vera-Tucker can play both guard and tackle while the other two linemen are strictly tackles, giving flexibility to the Giants and their quarterback. One reason to trade back would be to draft defensively and acquire draft capital, Michigan edge rusher Kwity Pane or Azeez Ojulari from Georgia would be there below the 20th pick and fit as an edge rusher on New York’s growing defense.
If the Giants do trade back, few teams would be realistically interested, those teams consist of the Patriots, Cardinals, Bears, or Raiders. Dave Gettleman could haul in draft picks over multiple seasons and remain inside the top 20, while getting a grade-A player who will more than likely play from week 1, it’s a win-win situation for the Giants if handled right.
If New York stays at 11, they could end up Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons if Denver does not draft him two spots ahead. Like mentioned before, Alabama receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith are also projected picks, along with Rashawn Slater.
This is a difficult decision that can and will not be made anytime soon, a pick with this value takes the right team and the right price, not to mention if Gettleman messes this up Giant fans will be calling for his job.