The blockbuster trade between the Jets and Colts on Saturday could wind up being a win-win. Or, when you consider the Giants, a win-win-win.
Big Blue made no maneuvers at all but the value of their No. 2 overall selection in the upcoming draft — right after the Browns are almost certain to take a quarterback first overall and right before the Jets will almost undoubtedly do the same at No. 3 — rose dramatically because of the Jets-Colts swap.
If a team, say the Bills or the Broncos, wants to move up to their choice of the top three quarterbacks in the draft, they’ll have to call the Giants. With no other options in the top three picks, of course, the Giants can practically name their price.
At the Combine last month, general manager Dave Gettleman said he didn’t want to get “too cute” with shopping the No. 2 pick. But he also said that he wants to use it on a player he projects as a future Hall of Famer. He reiterated that “gold jacket” potential in an interview with NFL Network on Friday.
If the Giants do trade back, depending on how far they go, they’ll likely have a stockpile of players in the first few rounds and still be able to select an impact starter in the first round. It could be Quenton Nelson, the guard many project as a surefire Pro Bowler. It could be NC State pass-rusher Bradley Chubb. It could even be hybrid safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (a nice consolation to defensive coordinator James Bettcher for missing out on Tyrann Mathieu, the free agent who signed with the Texans).
And if no one wants to buy what the Giants are selling? The fallback if the Giants don’t get a package of picks or players that blows them away enough to let go of that No. 2 pick isn’t so bad, either. They can then select either a quarterback of their own to groom behind Eli Manning for the time being or they can simply take running back Saquon Barkley and solidify their running back position for the next seven to 10 years.
There is still more than a month until the draft, which is plenty of time for the Giants to figure out what they want to do.
For now, they can simply thank the Jets for adding value to their selection.