Oh to be New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman these days.
Gettleman, who is knee-deep in upgrading a Giants roster that last year underachieved at 3-13, is sitting pretty when it comes to next month’s draft thanks to the blockbuster trade between the Jets and the Colts.
That trade will see the Jets move to No. 3 overall while the Colts will get the Jets’ first-round pick (No. 6 overall) as well as their 37th and 49th picks in this year’s draft and the Jets’ 2019 2nd round pick.
The Jets decision to move up no doubt means they have their eye on a quarterback they probably don’t expect to fall to them had they stayed put at No. 6.
So what does that have to do with the Giants, who as of this writing are still sitting at No. 2?
The short answer is it sweetens the pot for the Giants, who could keep the pick and use it on a quarterback (or another top prospect at a different position). They could also shop the pick and move back in the first round (which would lower their rookie pool) and acquire additional picks to use as trade bait or to fill holes they weren’t able to fill via free agency.
Gettleman didn’t rule out the possibility of trading out of the No. 2 spot, telling reporters at the combine earlier this month, “Any decision I make will be in the best interest of the New York Giants. Plain and simple. If someone makes me an offer I can’t refuse, would I move back? It depends upon who’s there.”
More recently, Gettleman told the NFL Network’s Kim Jones that when it comes to the No. 2 pick, one of the factors that goes into the decision is whether you can imagine the guy being “gold jacket (Hall of Fame) worthy.”
If the Giants were to make a trade with a quarterback-needy team, that No. 2 pick now becomes even more attractive given the Jets decision to move up.
If the Giants were to trade, what could they Giants get? And who would be the trade partner?
There are two options.
The first is the Denver Broncos, who have the No. 6 overall pick. Denver signed former Vikings signal caller Case Keenum, whom general manager John Elway already named as the team’s starter, to a two-year deal. But it is unlikely Keenum is the long-term answer.
Using this draft value chart, the Giants would be within reason to ask for the Broncos’ first-rounder (No. 5) and their second rounder (No. 40) as a start.
Assuming Cleveland the Jets and Denver all go for quarterbacks, New York might just have a legitimate chance at grabbing Penn State running back Saquon Barkley or Notre Dame offensive lineman Quenton Nelson at No. 6.
The second option would be the Buffalo Bills. The Bills and Bengals made a trade that sent offensive lineman Cordy Glenn to the Bengals in return for the chance to move to the No. 12 spot in the first round.
The Bills also have the No. 22 overall pick in this year’s draft, and, like the Broncos, they are likely looking to draft their long-term franchise quarterback, even though they did sign A.J. McCarron to a two-year deal recently.
Would the Giants be interested in dropping out of the top-10? Such a move might make sense if they can convince the Bills, whose first six draft picks this year are scheduled to be in the top 100 slots, to give up both of their first-round picks in this year’s draft.
Might the Bills be willing to move up at that price? The Jets’ trade with the Colts, as previously noted, puts them in a fantastic position to grab their next franchise quarterback.
The Bills, who like the Jets need a long-term solution under center, are probably not happy knowing their division rivals are currently ahead of them for a player at a position they too need to address.
Given the Bills moves to stockpile premium draft picks, they would appear to be in a better position to pay the hefty price that could entice the Giants to move down in the first round for the first time since 2006 when the Giants sent the No. 25 overall pick to the Steelers for the No. 32 overall pick (defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka) and the Steelers’ third and fourth round picks.