Fact or Fiction: Questions facing the Giants

There will be a trade ahead of the Giants in the draft order.

John Schmeelk: Fiction – I don’t think there will be a trade in the top 10 this season. I also think there’s a good chance there isn’t a quarterback taken in the top 10, even with the Seahawks sitting with the ninth pick after trading Russell Wilson. When there aren’t top quarterbacks at the top of draft boards, it is hard to find trades that make sense for teams when they have to relinquish so much draft capital to move around in the top 10. I think draft night is quiet from a trade perspective in the early going.

Dan Solomone: Fact – People’s memories are short. We seem to go through the same cycle every year. A class will get labeled as light on quarterback, but when late April rolls around, they fly off the board in the top 10. You can’t compete without a quarterback, so teams will take chances.

Lance Medow: Fiction – If a team is going to move up into one of the top four spots, that means they’re going after a quarterback and I’d be very surprised if that happens based on this year’s class. All it takes is one team, but I would argue if you really want a signal-caller, this would be the year to remain patient and, in all likelihood, that quarterback may fall to you. It’s no different than what happened with the Patriots last year when they landed Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick. On top of that, the Jaguars, Lions, Texans and Jets could all use help in the trenches and they’ll be able to address their offensive and defensive lines with the top four selections.

Matt Citak: Fiction – When trades occur at the top of the draft, it typically is because a team (or teams) want to move up in order to land a top quarterback. We have seen this occur in many drafts in recent years. But in this year’s draft class, many analysts believe there are no quarterbacks worthy of a top-five pick. While teams could still make a move up in order to secure a top offensive tackle or edge rusher, these types of deals are less common at the very top of the draft. Barring one or two quarterbacks skyrocketing up draft boards over the next six weeks, chances are the first four picks are made by the Jaguars, Lions, Texans and Jets.

You would be shocked if the Giants drafted anything other than an offensive lineman or edge rusher with the fifth and seventh overall picks.

John Schmeelk: Fiction – I would not be shocked at all if the Giants selected a defensive back with the fifth or seventh overall picks in the draft. Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner could be the first cornerback off the board, and it would not surprise me to see him go in the top seven. The Giants may also end up having a need at cornerback. Is there also a chance the Giants would select Kyle Hamilton with the fifth or seventh pick? He is a safety, but there’s a chance he could be the highest player with a pure grade on the board. With that said, an offensive tackle and edge rusher are probably the favorites in the clubhouse right now given the talent at the top of the draft class.

Dan Salomone: Fiction – The Giants, coming off their fifth consecutive season with double-digit losses, have plenty of holes to fill. And with their cap situation heading into free agency, their roster will be largely defined by the draft.

Lance Medow: Fiction – When it comes to the NFL, there’s not much that I would classify as shocking material. This league is defined based on the unpredictable given the turnover rate on rosters and overall competitive balance. Although you could easily argue those are the Giants’ two biggest needs, the roster will first change through free agency and, based on recent results on the field and injuries, they could use playmakers at various spots beyond the offensive and defensive lines. While I would argue at least one of the two picks should be utilized on an offensive lineman because it’s unlikely free agency will address that entire group, they could easily go in several different directions.

Matt Citak: Fiction – A couple weeks ago I probably would have answered with “fact,” but things have changed. Depending on what moves Joe Schoen makes in order to clear cap space, cornerback could quickly find its way towards the top of the team’s priority list, especially with some talented corners expected to go early in the draft. Kyle Hamilton is another consensus top-three talent who could wind up wearing blue next season, while linebacker may be another position of need for the Giants following free agency. It is also important to note that both Daniel Jeremiah and Todd McShay, two of the most respected draft analysts in the business, have both projected a wide receiver to the Giants in their most recent mock drafts. While OL and EDGE seem like the most likely positions the Giants select in the first round, they are far from the only options.

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