NY Giants rumors: Dave Gettleman considering trading back in NFL Draft?

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman (Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman (Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) /

Reports suggest GM Dave Gettleman and the NY Giants are considering trading back from the No. 11 pick in the NFL Draft

NY Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has never traded back during the NFL Draft, but that could change next week, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Scheduled to pick No. 11 overall, but with needs along the offensive line, at linebacker, and edge rusher, it could be prudent for the NY Giants to trade back and acquire multiple picks, instead of staying put and taking the best player available.

Rapoport believes it is an option that Gettleman and the Giants are considering:

Multiple sources around the league believe that Gettleman is enamored by Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith. But if Smith is already off the board, that could obviously influence Gettleman and the NY Giants’ decision to move back, especially if the best remaining player doesn’t grade as highly as Smith or fill a pressing need.

Meanwhile, there could be another reason the NY Giants are considering moving out of No. 11.

Several teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and others have already executed trades in this year’s draft to acquire additional picks in 2022, which is expected to produce a larger pool of draftable players. Perhaps even a more talented class.

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If a quarterback such as Alabama’s Mac Jones or Ohio State’s Justin Fields slides out of the top-10 picks, No. 11 instantly becomes more valuable for a quarterback-needy team, which would obviously benefit the NY Giants.

After spending aggressively in free agency, signing veteran receiver Kenny Golladay, tight end Kyle Rudolph, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, among others, perhaps Gettleman has one eye trained on the 2022 class and could welcome the chance to have extra bites at that apple, in addition to likely selecting somewhere in the top-20 this year.

Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.