With the NFL trade deadline rapidly approaching on Oct. 29, there are some teams who would be wise to unload players for draft picks in order to build for the future.
The best way to rebuild is through the draft as teams can acquire talent relatively cheap that could set them up for years to come. That's why draft picks are so valuable for each and every team in the NFL.
Teams like the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons are all having dreadful seasons filled with utter disappointment.
At this point, the only way to salvage their respective seasons and get something out of them would be to make a deal at the deadline for players that may not be around for the long haul—or even past this season.
Let's break it down for the three teams mentioned above.
New York Giants (0-6)
The Giants have started the season with an 0-6 mark and despite being in a horrid division with the top-two teams owning a 3-3 record, the chances are slim that the G-Men can rebound in time to save their season.
It's abundantly clear that the Giants have a ton of holes on their roster, with one of the bigger problems coming from the offensive line. Not only has New York's offensive front allowed 16 sacks (tied for No. 11 in NFL), but the Giants also own the third-worst rushing attack in football, which can also be blamed on the G-Men not having a solid No. 1 back.
The biggest bright spot on the Giants defense always used to be its pass rush, but even that aspect has failed them. New York has only five sacks this season, good enough for dead last in the league.
Other areas of need are the team's secondary, linebacking corps and just about every other position on the team.
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks remains the team's most valuable and realistic trade asset with his status as an upcoming free agent. Nicks has two 1,000-yard seasons in his career and could be a top receiver on most teams in the league. As the deadline approaches, he could garner some serious value in draft picks on the open market in order to help the Giants rebuild their roster.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is another name that comes to mind as an asset. After recording 16.5 sacks back in 2011-12, JPP has recorded just 7.5 sacks the past few seasons and the G-Men would be wise to deal him while he still has some value left.
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)
The Jags don't have much talent on their roster but would be wise to deal whatever they have left in order to get some extra picks for next season and beyond.
With all the bad teams in the NFL, Jacksonville is clearly the worst.
The Jaguars stand with an 0-6 record and are dead-last in points per game and second-to-last in points allowed per game. Their issues are plentiful. A No. 32 ranking in the pass attack means this team needs a quarterback as both Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are not the answer.
Run defense is another major problem for the Jags as they are allowing the most rushing yards per game in the NFL (152.5). That screams help on the defensive line and even in the linebacking corps as well.
Jacksonville is slim on valuable assets, although it does have some. Second-year receiver Justin Blackmon has proven to be an explosive player (19 catches, 326 yards and one touchdown in two games); however he has had some disciplinary problems in the past and is a risky bet moving forward.
Adding to Jacksonville's limited talent, running back Maurice Jones-Drew would be coveted by many teams searching for a running back.
MJD is having a bad season (279 rushing yards, 2.9 yards per carry and two touchdowns), but that's mostly a result of a horrid offensive line that has allowed the fourth-most sacks in the league. He's a top trade option, having gained 1,300 yards or more three times, and it's doubtful he'll return to Jacksonville when he hits the market after the season.
Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
If the Falcons' struggles continue, they do have a few options to trade when the deadline comes.
Star tight end Tony Gonzalez is the most obvious name to mention when looking at the Falcons roster. Gonzalez is likely in the final year of his career, and it would be a shame to see him spend it on a losing team that won't make the playoffs.
Granted, the rumors surrounding a potential trade involving Gonzalez have been shot down, but that could change as Atlanta falls out of contention.
The Falcons and Gonzalez could come to a mutual understanding that he's better off elsewhere if he wants to win this season, and the tight end would be worth a valuable pick in the early rounds with what he brings to the table as one of the best tight ends ever to play the game.
Aside from Gonzalez, Atlanta could explore trading Steven Jackson, who could also be looking to find a new home as he hasn't played in a playoff game since 2004. Jackson has also had injury problems, having played in just two games this season, so Atlanta may not see much of a future for the back with the team and could look to get a late-round pick in return.
As far as needing help is concerned, the Falcons could use a solid running back if Jackson leaves town, and they feel both Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling aren't long-term solutions. Also, the Falcons could use some help on their defense, namely in the secondary, as they rank No. 25 against the pass this season.
Both areas of need could be addressed with some solid draft picks.
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