Bolting up nine spots to take one of the best defensive end prospects in NFL history would be the boldest draft move by the Giants since they traded Philip Rivers to the San Diego Chargers for Eli Manning a decade ago.
This is precisely why this is the most unlikely move on this list.
Based on the NFL Draft Value Chart, courtesy of WalterFootball.com, New York would need to trade their 12th pick, 43rd pick (second round) and next year’s first round draft choice in order to provide fair value to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the third pick. Since this is a hefty haul, the Giants should only make this move if and when Jadeveon Clowney slips past the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams.
If he does, the Jaguars may be willing to listen to a trade proposal from Big Blue. Jacksonville GM David Caldwell made it clear in late January, per Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, that he would be open to moving out of the third spot.
While Big Blue would be limiting their opportunity to get impact players in this draft and next year’s by trading three picks in the first two rounds, it would be worth it to get Clowney in the fold.
With the loss of Justin Tuck in free agency, defensive end is suddenly a need position for New York. The former Gamecock would potentially give the Giants one of the best pass rushing duos in the league—assuming Jason Pierre-Paul remains healthy and regains most of his 2011 form.
How good could Clowney be? For a glimpse, check out former NFL GM Charlie Casserly’s thoughts on the 21-year-old, courtesy of Bryan Fischer at NFL.com.
The best talent in the draft is Jadeveon Clowney. Guy makes rare plays against the run, rare plays against the pass. Maybe the most talented defensive end I've ever scouted. There's a lot of questions to answer, but he's a rare talent at his position.
Casserly’s last comment does ring true. Clowney has a tendency to take plays off and he isn’t exactly known for his work ethic. For the latter, just ask his college coach, Steve Spurrier.
However, even just 80 to 90 percent of Clowney may end up being better than most, if not all, of the defensive ends in the NFL.