Giants open to trading out of No. 2, but won’t get “too cute”

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The Giants have the second overall pick in this year’s draft and General Manager Dave Gettleman set high expectations for a player selected at that point on Wednesday when he said that you “go in thinking he has to be a Hall of Famer.”

That turned out to be the case the last time the Giants had that pick. They selected Lawrence Taylor in 1981 and reaped the rewards of that selection for years to come.

Gettleman wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a trade on Wednesday, but he didn’t make it sound like the team is leaning in that direction. Gettleman said, via Art Stapleton of NorthJersey.com, that “you can’t get too cute” when drafting so early in the process.

If the Giants do keep the pick, there’s been no shortage of speculation that the team will take a quarterback to groom as Eli Manning‘s successor. Gettleman obviously didn’t reveal the Giants’ plans on that front, but said, via Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com, that taking the wrong quarterback could set a team back five years. The flip side of that is that taking the right one would set them up at a key position for a decade or more, which makes it something the team will have to seriously consider in the coming weeks.

12 responses to “Giants open to trading out of No. 2, but won’t get “too cute”

  1. .
    It’s unlikely that the Browns or Giants move out of #1 and #2. However, picks #3 and #4 (Indy and Cleveland) are very much in play for QB needy teams looking to leapfrog the Broncos and Jets at #5 and #6.
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  2. They should trade out of that pick. If Eli says he has 2 years left, then you run with him. You have to spend time this preseason seeing what you have in Davis Webb, Eli doesn’t need an abundant amount of reps in the preseason. That 2nd pick is super valuable this year and you should be able to get a lot in return. There is absolutely no reason for the Giants to get QB desperate this year. With Eli and a 23-year-old Davis Webb, who was very good in college and has the physical size, etc, their QB situation is better than about 20 teams in the NFL right now.

  3. If the Giants trade out of the #2, and improve to say 5-11, they will never again be in a position to draft a top QB unless they trade up.

    Now if they really believe these QBS are so-so then by all means trade down. But don’t expect you will get a better QB next year if you have the #6 pick instead of the #2.

  4. The NY Giants need offensive line help, so if trading for a GOOD veteran offensive lineman can be had, then trade down the #2 pick, while still getting a first round pick.
    Makes perfect sense to me….

  5. I don’t see the Browns trading out of 4. I could be wrong of course but I don’t think that the GM is a stack and rack kind of a guy. I think he wants to win now, and that means actually using picks instead of patting yourself on the back for having more at lower rounds.

  6. I think they’ll stay put at #2, select a HOF player, then get a good QB with their next pick. There are just so many great QB’s that we’ve been watching over the last 30 years or so that weren’t drafted in the first round. We just watched a super bowl where a 2nd round QB played against a 6th rounder. Who knows, Gettleman’s top rated QB could still be around in the 2nd round. I guarantee you the QB’s won’t get drafted in the correct order. They rarely do. Most of that is due to the combine mentality where guys like Drew Brees get over-analyzed, or guys like Joe Montana don’t have impressive arm strength. Gettleman has been around for a while. I doubt he falls into the combine stupidity.

  7. @PrincePaul – Eli will be dealing with a brand new offense, so it’s likely he’ll need a lot of reps in Training Camp.

  8. charliecharger says:
    February 28, 2018 at 11:27 am
    I think they’ll stay put at #2, select a HOF player, then get a good QB with their next pick. There are just so many great QB’s that we’ve been watching over the last 30 years or so that weren’t drafted in the first round. We just watched a super bowl where a 2nd round QB played against a 6th rounder

    Foles was a 3rd rd pick actually. Not trying to correct you but I am trying to further your point that there are plenty none 1st rd Qb’s succeeding. Pretty sure cousins was a 5th rd pick as well…

  9. IF Eli has 2 more years and IF Webb can be groomed and IF they can sign a blue chip
    O Lineman in free agency and IF they can keep Pugh, it’s Barkley. And that’s a lot of IFs! Otherwise O Line. Pass on the QB no matter what.

  10. Barring injury who’s the best player in the draft? Be smart take Saquon and be done…Barkley, Odell, Evan, Sterling and Roger Lewis Rett Ellison as backups.

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