Curve Ball Options On Draft Night For The NY Giants

As I type this, we are on the eve of arguably the most exciting 3-day stretch of the football calendar: the NFL Draft. Months of quotes from anonymous sources, fans arguing over who to take, and attempts to sift through what’s a smoke screen and legitimate information have all brought us here.

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This is the point where we see what’s truth and what’s fiction. None of us know what the Giants will do tomorrow, but the safe bet is one of 3 possibilities:

  • Trade up and take a QB.
  • Sit at six and take a WR.
  • Sit at six and have a QB fall in their lap.

It is safe to assume that Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, and Marvin Harrison Jr. will all be gone by the time the Giants pick. That leaves Drake Maye, JJ McCarthy, Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze as the four most popular names for the Giants to go round 1 with. 

But what if they don’t? Safe money is one of the options I previously mentioned, but speculation is one of the most fun parts of being a fan. So I decided to look at some unexpected ways round 1 could play out for the Giants. 

1) Trade Pick 6 & Pick 107 to the Bengals for Tee Higgins & Pick 18. 

The Bengals are in “win now” mode, and by franchising, Higgins made it clear they would rather have him than not. But what if they could get a WR with the potential to be as good or better than Higgins at a fraction of his salary? Pick 6 might make it too tempting for them to say no.

For the Giants, they’d erase the question mark of a rookie WR and, in landing pick 18 in the process, open themselves up to pick an RT like JC Latham, a corner, or even Brock Bowers should he fall. There’s also the option of one of those “tier 2” QBs like Michael Penix Jr or Bo Nix if they like one of them. 

2) Trade Pick 6 & Pick 70 to San Francisco for Brandon Aiyuk, Pick 31 & Pick 63. 

The 49ers’ thinking here would be similar to the Bengals’. For the Giants, Aiyuk and his insanely crisp route running seem to fit precisely what Daboll and Kafka want from their WRs. 31 is not as attractive as 18, which is why I also have the Giants jumping from the top of round 3 to the bottom of round 2 in this deal.

At pick #31, Penix or Nix may still be in play, and you’d have the 5th-year option for them. It’s also set to be a prime spot for interior OL prospects, DT/3-4 DE, which they could use next to Dex, and another WR to add more depth to that spot, like Ladd McConkey from Georgia or Adonai Mitchell from Texas. 

3) Trade Pick 6 to the Jets for Picks 10, 72 & 111. 

This one may not make many fans happy as it sees the Giants drop back without getting a future one, but hear me out. I’m a big Brock Bowers fan.

If you look at the top teams in the league, be it Kelce, Kittle, Andrews, LaPorta, etc., they all seem to have high-end, tight-end play. Granted, the counter to this is, “Well, none of them were drafted higher than the 2nd round,” that’s true, but I think as teams see how valuable the position is, we may see them taken higher.

Bowers is, on paper, the best TE the Giants have had since Jeremy Shockey and brings an element of toughness that this offense has sorely lacked. After losing their higher 2nd rounder in the Brian Burns trade, getting an extra 3rd could be the pick that lands them their RB of the future, like Blake Corum from Michigan or Jaylen Wright from Tennessee. 111 could be a good spot for extra corner depth or LB help. 

4) Draft a WR at six and trade back into the 1st for a QB. 

This one only works if Nix or Penix are the apple of their eye, but they think the WR value at 6 is too great to pass up. Giving 47, 70 & 166 should, in theory, be enough to get 27 from Arizona based on the Jimmy Johnson Draft value chart, but Arizona is tied for the most picks in the draft, so more picks this year may not entice them. 47 & 2025’s 2nd rounder plus a day three pick might get the job done if we’re lucky.

Picks 47 & 70 are theoretically enough to get 28 from Buffalo, and with them losing some key pieces, they may value the extra picks. Still, they also might drive a hard bargain, thinking they can use 28 to trade for Higgins or Aiyuk themselves or as part of a trade-up to take a WR.

Detroit may be the best bet as they don’t have a glaring need that should be much easier to fill at 29 than 47. In any case, getting back into the first likely means adding the “QB tax” and throwing in 2025’s 2nd on top of this year’s 2nd and 3rd rounders, at minimum. 

5) The Unthinkable: Trade 6 & 107 to the Eagles for 22, 50 & 53. 

Interdivisional trades are rare, and doing one with arguably the best GM in football, Howie Roseman, should make anyone hesitant, but I think this could be a rare win-win deal. Philly could be looking for help on the defensive side of the ball, and while six may prove too high for their most significant need, DB Howie, being as intelligent as he is, could then flip 6 to get back into the teens and land his CB plus a mid-rounder.

The Giants’ 22-53 should be a range to add three starting-caliber players. It still keeps Penix & Nix in play, but more importantly, this team needs not only stars but depth, so if they think the true stars are gone by 6, which seems unlikely in the case of WRs, this could help them fill multiple needs. They could also turn around and flip any of those 3 for a disgruntled vet, be it at WR or some other position. 

 The big issue with any of the trade proposals I pitched involving veterans is the cap. But with Daniel Jones’ contract likely off the books entirely by 2026 and the Giants giving any vet, they bring in at least a 3-year deal back, loading it, so they take the brunt of the acquisition’s hit in 2026, which makes a lot of sense.

Now, let’s see what happens! 

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