Trading down might make sense for the Giants
With the New York Giants filling many of their major needs through free agency, they might want to think about trading down from the 11th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft and he has the Giants trading down from the 11th overall pick to the 15th overall pick.
So McShay has the New England Patriots moving from 15 to 11 to take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and then the Giants taking Notre Dame inside linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Here’s what he wrote:
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, ILB, Notre Dame
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants look at USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, but they just took three linemen in the first five rounds last year, including Andrew Thomas at No. 4 overall. And while the defense was stellar last season, getting defensive coordinator Patrick Graham a versatile, rangy, fast, instinctive linebacker like Owusu-Koramoah will help keep it that way.
This has to be an April fools joke because this would be a waste of a first round pick.
While the Giants could use another inside linebacker, they would be better off taking Michigan edge rusher Kwity Paye, who ends up falling to 21 in his mock. USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker would definitely be a better pick in this situation given that the Giants need to replace Kevin Zeitler.
Now in the second round, McShay has the Giants selecting Wake Forest edge rusher Carlos Basham Jr. This is certainly a good pick and would fill a need for New York.
Carlos Basham Jr., DE, Wake Forest
Maybe the Giants go offensive line here — Texas’ Samuel Cosmi or Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Quinn Meinerz could fit — but their biggest need is on the edge. Basham is powerful and disruptive.
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