Unlike with Janoris Jenkins, this one may surprise some people, as Dalvin Tomlinson is not a name you’ve heard often mentioned in line with potential New York Giants trade pieces – I’m not quite sure why. Tomlinson is in the third year of a very affordable second-round rookie deal, has performed admirably during his time with Big Blue, and is playing along a three-man defensive line with several other younger draft picks. Oh, and he’s also a Jerry Reese daft pick – that basically makes him a shoe-in to be traded.
Seriously, though, you might be surprised to hear how well Tomlinson grades out on Pro Football Focus. While PFF is not the end-all-be-all, it’s certainly a useful resource when dissecting a non pass-rusher’s impact, as is the case with the former Alabama Crimson Tide standout. Tomlinson has put up stellar yearly grades of 81.0 (2017), 78.8 (2018) and 71.3 this year, while also never missing a game due to injury. While he’s not a ‘sexy’ addition by any means, Tomlinson is one of the most stout run defenders -and sure tacklers- in all of football.
He carries cap numbers of only 1.2M this year, and 1.4M next year, which makes him inherently valuable. Surely there are a few teams out there that need to beef up their defensive lines – those teams would be hard pressed to find a better value and situation than reaching out to the Giants about Tomlinson. Due to his affordable contract, and young age, I actually think Tomlinson could end up getting back the biggest haul for Big Blue of any potential trade piece, with a third-round draft pick not out of the realm of possibilities.
With B.J. Hill and Dexter Lawrence already penciled in as future pieces along the defensive line, why not look to acquire draft capital now for a player that will more than likely not be retained down the line?