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Buying or Selling Latest 2021 NFL Buzz Entering Draft Week - Bleacher Report
Sell: Giants Are Considering Trading Back from No. 11
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport raised some eyebrows when he reported on April 20 that New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is considering trading back from the team’s pick at No. 11 overall.
The organization is considering the option because “that spot will have real value,” Rapoport tweeted. However, in his eight drafts as a general manager, Gettleman has traded down...exactly zero times, so others aren’t quite picking up what this rumor is putting down.
“I think we’ll see a right turn in a NASCAR race before we see Dave Gettleman trade back,” NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah said in a conference call.
As Jeremiah points out, standing pat could allow them to acquire a pass-catching weapon for Daniel Jones or a difference-making pass-rusher like Michigan’s Kwity Paye. New York needs an edge-rusher, and even if analysts have Paye ranked a few spots behind No. 11, is it really worth dipping a toe into the trade-back waters for the first time and missing out on him entirely?
Still, the rumor lives on, and Gettleman himself isn’t doing anything to squash it. Gettleman said it’s an “urban myth” that he refuses to trade back, per ESPN’s Jordan Raanan...which isn’t quite true, because he has literally never done it. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t tried, Gettleman says.
“But it’s got to be value,” Gettleman said. “I’m not getting fleeced. I refuse to do it. If someone wants to make a bad trade back, God bless them.”
Ever since Dave Gettleman took over in 2018, the headlines leading up to draft week have been asking if this would be the year Gettleman finally moves back. He has never done it before, but could this year be the time?
There is growing chatter in this week’s lead up to the draft that the Giants really like CB Jaycee Horn out of South Carolina, and that’s what writer Dan Duggan predicts here.
Meanwhile, GMenHQ’s Matt Lombardo still thinks that WR DeVonta Smith sits atop the Big Blue Draft Board.
Pat Leonard gives some thoughts prior to the draft.
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