In the upcoming NFL Draft, the Giants hold the ninth overall selection. Some say they are on the apron of where the top players end and the second-tier players begin. I'm not sure about that, but I am becoming more wary that teams may be looking to trade up into the top ten this season.
Since he took over as GM, Jerry Reese has yet to make a trade with his first round selection. With the talent in this draft considerably deeper than normal at some positions, he may reconsider come April 30. Let's face it, the way things are going one player ain't gonna do it anyway.
After a flurry of low-level free agent signings this week, the Giants have plenty of bodies for their defensive line. Unless they encounter a future Pro Bowl-caliber pass rusher at No. 9, they are unlikely to draft one since that player will either be a benchwarmer or a small part of the DE rotation.
None of the top OL are franchise LTs that warrant a top-10 pick. There are two WRs the Giants would take in a second should they fall to them (Kevin White, Amari Cooper) but that would only happen if teams make mistakes in front of them and I don't think they will.
Two QBs - Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota - are now being projected to be the draft's top two selections. A third, Bryce Petty of Baylor, is now being touted as a first-rounder and may have teams looking to move up as far as No. 9 to get him by the time draft day comes around. Granted, he may not be worth that high a pick but looking at past drafts, you never know what can happen when a player's stock suddenly rises.
That is where Reese will face a difficult decision. Should he trade down for a package of picks, or stay put and take his chances? Looking at this roster, he can get younger faster with nine or ten picks than he can with seven. I say he thinks long and hard about it.
It's becoming more obvious that you can't win - or even get to - the Super Bowl without a franchise QB, and some teams are willing to mortgage a lot now to set themselves up for future success. The Giants could turn that No. 9 pick into 3-4 bodies should the right offer come along.
There could be a team in the middle of the draft order willing to give them their No.1, No. 2 this year and two other later round or future picks for the right to draft Petty.
At first, I thought this was highly unlikely, but now, it's developing into a very real possibility. Teams get crazy about their QB situation and rather than face their fans with an uncertain future. They want a young face to put on the cover of their GameDay programs that gives the fans hope.
Petty had a strong pro day and teams that have identity problems and executives trying to keep their jobs may get antsy and decide Petty is their ticket to the top. Right now, Petty is projected to be a late-first, early-second rounder but as the draft approaches, teams get itchy trigger fingers.
The way things are breaking, someone could be hot for Petty by late April and the bidding could benefit the teams that are selecting high in the draft, like the Giants. Let's see if the offer is right. If it is, Reese won't be able to resist.
The Giants can can get rich on safeties, offensive linemen and possibly a TE or WR in the first three rounds of this draft if some on-the-fence GMs get a case of the nerves.