New York Giants Trade Options For 2015 NFL Draft


Could The New York Giants Make A Trade During The 2015 NFL Draft?

NFL Draft season is here. Speculation over what players will go to what teams is rampant. And yet, no matter how much of an expert an analyst is, or how many times a report about a team “falling in love” with a player comes about, there are always surprises.

More often than not, these surprises usually come in the form of a player being drafted sooner than expected, or a trade. The New York Giants don’t normally make a lot of trades with their first round pick. In fact, the last time they did involved Mathias Kiwanuka in 2006. Chances are this year won’t be any different, but you never know.

As we approach the draft, here are some scenarios where I believe the Giants should consider making a trade.

  1. If Leonard Williams in still available to the Oakland Raiders, try to trade up for him.

There is no question that Williams, considered by many to be the best player is the draft, will be taken by someone before the Giants pick at No. 9. If the Titans choose to go with a quarterback, and the Jaguars opt for a linebacker, that leaves the Raiders with the next chance to pick him. The Raiders are in need of a wide receiver for second year quarterback Derek Carr. It is likely that one of the two top receivers (Kevin White or Amari Cooper) will still be available.

With the uncertain future of Jason Pierre-Paul, this could be a great opportunity to draft an anchor for the defensive line who can replace Pierre-Paul if he leaves, or team them up for the next few years to form a strong defensive line.

  1. Trading down to the number 12 spot held by the Cleveland Browns.

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In the event the Browns have given up on Johnny Manziel, and Marcus Mariota is still on the board, this could be a great opportunity for the Giants to add some extra picks. Moving three spots down, there will still be lots of talent available. The Giants take the approach of “best available player” regardless of position or need. It is safe to say there will be a player that the Giants have a high rating on who will appeal to them. Plus there is a chance they would get Cleveland’s other first round pick (no 19 from the Buffalo Bills) to add two impact players to the roster.

  1. Trade up to the number six pick with the Jets to draft an elite pass rushers like Vic Beasley before the Falcons do.

Oct 11, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) reacts during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Williams and Dante Fowler Jr. are expected to be off the board by the time to the Jets draft. I believe the Giants need to significantly improve their pass rush if they want to make the playoffs next year. Selecting in this spot would give the Giants a better chance to draft that type of player. The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly looking to draft a pass rusher; if they are able to leap frog over the Falcons, it would guarantee them that chance.

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