This Jets’ trade up in the draft feels like it points to the Giants taking a quarterback at No. 2 overall, until you realize it still doesn’t rule out Penn State stud back Saquon Barkley, either.
There are plenty of reasons to believe Giants GM Dave Gettleman is thinking QB after watching the Jets charge up to No. 3 overall Saturday by trading the Colts their sixth, 37th and 49th overall picks, plus another 2019 second-rounder.
But Gettleman hasn’t tipped his hand and so no one truly will know his plans until April 26 when the draft arrives.
New York Giants: Securing Left Tackle Nate Solder
The list of highest-paid positional players doesn’t always reflect the best talent but rather the leverage those players had at that time. A weak free-agent crop and 2018 draft class meant a massive payday for New York Giants signee Nate Solder. The former New England Patriots left tackle will make $15.5 million per year, which is $2.25 million more than the next highest-paid tackle.
Solder secured his bag as the Giants, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns were desperate to find a competent left tackle. While New York isn’t going to get an All-Pro performer for its extravagant signing, it can now rest easier with Ereck Flowers possibly moving to the right side. That peace of mind is worth paying Solder a little more.
The Giants should continue investing in the unit. Whether that means drafting guard Quenton Nelson at No. 2 overall, trading down and taking a top guard or waiting until the second round, New York will be better off with an elite offensive line than any alternative except a franchise quarterback. The Solder signing ensured they won’t have to worry much about the position for the next few years.
That got a little tougher Saturday morning when the Jets and Colts swapped picks, giving New York the No. 3 selection. If Buffalo doesn’t want to end up with the fourth or fifth quarterback off the board, it will probably need to broker a deal with the Giants, owners of the No. 2 pick.
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