New York Giants Mock Draft: Trade Up Scenarios in Every Round
Now that the 2011 season is over, it is time to shift focus to free agency and, perhaps more importantly, the 2012 NFL Draft.
Having won the Super Bowl, the Giants have the last pick in every round, and they have picks in all seven rounds.
What are some trade scenarios we could see GM Jerry Reese pulling off? Reese typically does not like to trade up for picks, but this slideshow will take a look at the positions they could trade up for in every round.
1st Round: Trade Up for Tight End Dwayne Allen or G David DeCastro
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It is February, so we have no idea what kind of draft stock players will have in two months time, but the two major areas of concern for the Giants will be offensive line and tight end.
The Giants were dead last in the NFL running the football, so a dominant inside guard like DeCastro will really improve that group.
Dwayne Allen could actually fall to the Giants at No. 32, but with Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard both suffering torn ACLs in the Super Bowl, Reese could be desperate to get the best tight end in the class and trade up a couple of picks.
They could also go after Mike Adams, an offensive tackle from Ohio State. If Reese decides to stay put at No. 32, you can pretty much book it that he will take the best available player at the tight end or offensive line position.
2nd Round: Trade Up for Running Back, Offensive Lineman or Tight End
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The Giants will have plenty of options with their second round selection, one of which could be to trade up for a RB or TE/OL, depending on what happens with their first round pick.
If they end up taking a tight end with the first pick, then I believe offensive line will have to be the selection in the second round.
Their offensive line was just not good this year and they are not getting any younger.
If they get an offensive lineman with the first pick, they could look to add a running back or tight end depending on who is available.
Chris Polk is a guy I had in mind, but I doubt he'll be available at No. 64 overall. There are also several offensive line targets in the second round they could trade up for, like Zebrie Sanders or Kelechi Osemeli.
I believe running back is a priority, especially if the Giants let go of Brandon Jacobs, but offensive line and tight end are the likely first two picks.
3rd Round: Trade Up for LaMichael James
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Making the assumption that the Giants go tight end and offensive line with their first two picks, the Giants should make a move for a play making running back.
Da'Rel Scott is a decent back, but he doesn't have the skills that LaMichael James has. They both have the speed, but James has the vision and pass catching ability that the Giants need.
James may not be available in the third round, but if he is the Giants should consider trading up for him.
4th Round: Trade Up for CB Casey Hayward or CB Ryan Steed
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The Giants have Terrell Thomas, Aaron Ross, and Will Blackmon all set to hit free agency. They probably won't bring them all back, so they will look to add depth at corner in the draft.
It seems crazy to not address the defense until the fourth round, but getting Terrell Thomas back would help the secondary immensely, plus they have Prince Amukamara whom they took in the first round last season.
Guys like Casey Hayward and Ryan Steed come to mind in the fourth round, but really we won't get a sense at who this could be until April.
5th Round: Trade Up for Tight End or Safety
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This is where things start to get a little cloudy. Stock on these players is usually all over the place, but the needs for the Giants are clear.
Don't be surprised to see the Giants do what the Patriots did in 2010 and take two tight ends in the draft. With Ballard and Beckum recovering from ACL injuries, they will almost certainly start the season on the physically unable to perform, or PUP list.
Beckum might not even make the team, as he's mostly been a bust after being taken in the third round of the 2009 draft.
Michael Egnew could be a steal at tight end here, but with Deon Grant getting up there in age, the Giants could look to add another safety as well.
6th Round: Trade Up for Defensive Lineman or Inside Linebacker
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When you get to this point as a Super Bowl champion, you start to look to add depth and stay consistent with team tendencies. The Giants like to go defense in the late rounds and create competition in training camp.
Someone like defensive end Malik Jackson on Tennessee, or defensive tackle Travian Robertson from South Carolina are guys I like late. The Giants could be trying to replace Rocky Bernard if he leaves via free agency.
They could also look to get an inside linebacker to create competition at the position, but for now that job belongs to Jonathan Goff, assuming he is recovering from his ACL injury on schedule.
7th Round: Trade Up for Linebacker or Defensive Back
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I do not believe the Giants will re-sign Aaron Ross, so they will definitely be looking to add corner depth in the draft.
Most teams tend to do that anyways, and here in the seventh round the Giants will be just trying to select the best players available.
If there is a defensive player that falls whom they love, don't be surprised to see them give up a pick next year to get him.
Then again, none of this will probably happen considering Jerry Reese rarely trades on draft day. We will see if he stays the course this year.