The New York Jets made a blockbuster trade Saturday morning to move up three spots to the No. 3 pick in next month’s NFL Draft.
That really shouldn’t impact things if the New York Giants stay put one pick earlier. But what it does is increase the chances that another team will overpay should the Giants want to move back in the draft.
It is a situation in flux right now, one that the Giants might be able to take advantage of by adding multiple impact players to their own roster. Not just one star but several players who can step in immediately to help a 3-13 team.
Trading back from their current No. 2 pick might be the best move for the Giants, especially if they’re not in love with a quarterback at that spot and are committed to starter Eli Manning for a couple more seasons. And while Saquon Barkley is a franchise running back, the asking price for a team wanting to move up and grab a Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield might be too great for the Giants to look past.
And the Buffalo Bills, the team that had been talking with the Indianapolis Colts about moving up in the draft by trading for the third pick, might now be desperate.
The Bills hold picks No. 12 and No. 22 in the first round of the draft as well as two picks in the second round and another two picks in the third round. This might just be enticing for a team in rebuild mode. That is a lot of young talent to infuse on this team. Young talent that can balance the roster and, for a team with a tight salary cap issue, would help accelerate a rebuild in a hurry.
If the Giants decide to sit on the second pick, then nothing the Jets are doing behind them should affect things. They sit there and take the player they want the most. If that is Barkley to balance the offense or Quenton Nelson to complete the revamp of the offensive line or a quarterback for the future, they should simply to do it.
Nothing the Jets did on Saturday should dissuade them. The Giants at No. 2 can simply sit there and stick with their draft board.
But if the Giants can take advantage of a team that craves a quarterback and in the confusion caused by the Jets trade piece together their own blockbuster deal, then by all means that is the way to go.
Being able to obtain five or maybe six picks from the Bills is huge and perhaps worth it in the long run. While a franchise quarterback would be nice to have on the roster and to develop, it might not be the most pressing need. This team still needs help at running back, along with the offensive and defensive lines, and depth at linebacker, cornerback and wide receiver. With their original picks on Day 2 and Day 3, plus a haul of picks from the Bills in a potential trade, the Giants could still get younger and deeper in a hurry.
Giants fans want a game-changer at No. 2, something that every fanbase wants and craves. But this trade adds everything the Giants really need which is balance and depth.
If last year proved anything, it is that this team was (and is) lacking depth. Injuries decimated the Giants and their ability to field a competitive team. One pick, even second overall, isn’t going to address the biggest issues on this team. But a trade might just do that.
A trade, though not as exciting, will likely make the Giants better in the long run.