This is EWB’s second New York Giants seven-round mock draft simulation. This time we did it with trades and the G-Men won big.
Today I morphed into wheeling, dealing New York Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman in several mock draft simulations, Now that I had a feel for the big board, I was more comfortable making trades. The various simulators used wouldn’t let me make ripoff trades, so the deals done were very plausible. I did, however, put a self-imposed cap of four trades.
Last year’s 4-12 record led the G-Men to the fourth overall draft pick. They were an overtime period away from the second pick, but they played to win against Washington on December 22. So that’s the draft hand they were dealt. Just like draw poker, the game isn’t played with the opening deal of the cards.
There are plenty of holes that the New York Giants need to fill. Gettleman addressed some of their deficiencies via free agency. James Bradberry was signed to be the team’s lockdown corner and Blake Martinez takes over at middle linebacker for Alec Ogletree.
Among the positions that still need help are offensive tackle, edge rusher, safety, center, long snapper, maybe another cornerback. There are several deep positions in this draft and tackle is among them. That’s why Big Blue doesn’t have to use the fourth pick to get what they need. They can trade down and stockpile more quality picks to fill those holes.
The Lions should keep the third pick and use it on cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. There are persistent rumors that they could trade down. To throw a little curveball into the mix, before the draft started, I had the Detroit swing a deal with the Chargers. At that point, Miami couldn’t afford to let another team jump ahead of them and made a trade with the Giants.
… and the draft begins.