The New York Giants have the 9th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Giants, who won only 6 games in 2014 have many potential uses for the 1st round draft pick. Popular opinion has the Giants taking an offensive lineman, some see a pass rusher. There is another, less discussed option: The Giants could trade back and acquire additional draft picks.
The Giants have many needs and they only have 8 draft picks (It is worth noting that compensatory draft picks have not been awarded yet). If the Giants were able to procure additional draft picks in the early rounds of the draft, trading back could be beneficial.
Potential Trading Partners:
Sep 21, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns helmet on the field before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
: The Browns have the 12th and 19th overall selection in the NFL Draft. The Browns have 10 overall draft picks and they may use this as ammunition to get their guy in Round 1. For the sake of realistic exploration let’s assume that Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are already off the board. The Browns have a desperate need at wide receiver because of theJosh Gordon
suspension. If Amari Cooper or Kevin White are available while the Giants are on the clock,Jerry Reese
may get an interesting phone call.
Oct 2, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Minnesota Vikings helmet sits on the sidelines during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 42-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings have the 11th pick; trading two spots up wouldn’t be horribly costly. The Vikings also have similar needs as the two teams in front of them. Both the Giants and Vikings need offensive line help. Both the Rams and the Vikings have need at cornerback and wide receiver. This may make the Vikings feel compelled to trade up to get in front of the Giants and the Rams. That being said they are more likely to get a deal done with the Bears or the Falcons because they don’t have the same draft priorities.
Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon (not pictured) holds his helmet to the air prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
I am not saying that the Giants should trade away the 9th draft pick. I am saying that if a team is willing to make it worth their while, then Jerry Reese should at least consider it. If the Giants can get an extra pick or two within the first few rounds, they can get much more value from the draft.
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