By Dan Schneier @PFF_DanSc on April 22, 2014
The Giants have never been shy about trading draft picks. Last season, they traded two fourth-round picks to move up in the fourth round to select quarterback Ryan Nassib from Syracuse. Here are five draft-day trades that the Giants should consider heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. For the purpose of this piece, I used the "draft value chart" from Draft Breakdown to come up with fair and plausible trade possibilities.
The Giants have never traded up in the first round under GM Jerry Reese. However, if one of Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson, Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins falls to the Bucs at No. 7, the Giants might seize an opportunity to get a blue-chip prospect at a position of need. If they are set on him, the Bucs might look to trade back and take Derek Carr. The Giants would trade their No. 12 and No. 74 picks (1420 points) for pick No. 7 (1500 points).
The Giants have met with TE Jace Amaro and they were one of four reported teams to send scouts to his pro day. He is a reach with the No. 12 pick, but if he is still on the board when the Patriots select at No. 29 overall, the Giants should bite. They can trade next year's first-round pick for it, a deal that the Patriots have exercised in the past. This gamble would backfire if the Giants finish with another high first-round pick in 2015.
The Giants might still be able to acquire Amaro without having to use a first-round pick from this or next year's draft. If Amaro makes it out of day one, something that is certainly possible, the Giants can look to trade for the first pick on day two. To make this work, the Giants would send their No. 43 and No. 113 picks (538 points) for the Texans' No. 33 pick (580 points).
If the Giants are not pleased with any of the tackles, defensive ends or tight ends available at No. 12, they can choose to move back in the draft and acquire an extra pick. In this scenario, they would trade with the Browns, who might be looking to secure their targeted QB. The Giants can use a late first-round pick on the best WR remaining. The Giants would send the No. 12 pick (1200 points) for the No. 26 and No. 35 picks (1250 points).
The Giants can still trade back and acquire more picks without having to move all the way to the end of the first round. If they feel strongly about adding someone like offensive lineman Zack Martin, they can trade a few slots back, select him, and add another pick. In this scenario, the Jets see a wide receiver or cornerback they want and trade the No. 18 and No. 49 picks (1310 points) for the Giants' No. 12 pick (1200 points).
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