NFL Draft 2012: Should the New York Giants Look into Trading for the No. 3 Pick?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IApril 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) greets Prince Amukamara, #19 overall pick by the New York Giants, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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It's good to be back home and back into the swing of writing again.

For those who didn't know, I was away for a week on a cruise to the Bahamas with my wife, so I was a little out of the loop this week with stories.

However, when I returned to New Jersey on Easter, I saw some news that made my eyes light up and immediately made me think of an idea.

Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly sat down with Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and he said that he would be open to trading their first-round draft pick for April's NFL Draft.

Minnesota has the No. 3 selection after the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, and they are both expected to take quarterbacks with their picks.

According to Spielman, he will only consider trading the third pick while they are on the clock.

“There are times we have been in (the war room) and we’ve done deals on the clock,” Spielman said, noting his flexibility to make such a deal if the right offer comes up. “It’s an unknown, but you’re prepared for both ways. We’ll be ready and we’ll have a good idea of what we think the value of that third pick is."

That gives teams less than a month to think about whether or not they want to consider going for the third overall selection and drastically altering their draft and future.

Would the New York Giants dare consider calling Minnesota on April 26 and see what they would want in return for the No. 3 pick?

Up until now, a lot of experts have projected the Vikings to take Matt Kalil with the No. 3 pick, which is why I throw the Giants' name into the mix.

The Giants desperately need to upgrade their offensive line, which, at times, struggled tremendously in 2011.

Will Beatty was the starting left tackle, and he wasn't even having a good season up until he needed to have his retina re-attached, missing the rest of the year.

David Diehl shifted over from left guard to left tackle, and there is talk that he could be at right tackle in 2012, something he said he was fine with if it helped the Giants.

The Giants need to get younger on the line. Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert and Kareem McKenzie are all gone now, and the Giants are going in a different direction with the line up front.

At times, David Baas would miss time due to injury, and Kevin Boothe and Mitch Petrus each got playing time because of injuries.

The Giants right now have the No. 32 pick in the first round, which means if they stood pat, they would be waiting until the very end of the first night to make their pick, and some really good players will be off the board by then, Kalil in particular.

Kalil is by far the best offensive lineman in this year's draft class, and if the Giants and Jerry Reese were to swing a deal for the No. 3 selection, that would be a major impact move.

To get the No. 3 spot, the Giants would certainly have to give up their first-rounder and maybe even another two picks if they wanted to move up.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman Matt Kalil of USC talks with San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty
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Would it be worth it for the Giants to make that kind of move in the draft? Reese, after all, does love to build the team through the draft.

But the biggest question would be, is it worth it to the Giants to give up what Minnesota would be asking for in return for that No. 3 spot?

The last time the Giants made that significant of a move was when they made the draft-day trade that landed them Eli Manning from the Chargers.

Many felt the Giants gave up too much in return to get Manning, but that talk has been put to rest with two Super Bowl championships in four years.

Trading up for the third pick would be a bold and very gutsy move for the Giants.

But it could be a big move that, in the end, could work out for them, especially if they ended up taking Kalil.

Kalil would be a huge plus to the Giants offensive line in 2012 and would start immediately.

But, do the Giants dare make that kind of trade?

And would they do it on draft day, similar to what they did with San Diego eight years ago?

Only time will tell.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.