The New York Giants were one of many NFL teams on hand in Columbus on Wednesday to witness Ohio State’s Pro Day. There’s was plenty to see from star defensive end Nick Bosa to their talented wide receivers to quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
The Giants, who were reportedly lukewarm on Haskins, came away impressed, which stoked a stir on social media. The Giants’ sudden interest in Haskins may send the proverbial dominoes into position to start falling.
Teams may now feel the need to trade ahead of the Giants into the top five to ensure a shot at the Buckeye signal caller. That, folks, puts the Giants in a ‘no-lose’ situation come April 25.
If that happens, and a team makes the move up the order to take Haskins, or if Oakland for some reason decides to grab him at No. 4, that would put the Giants in prime position to select one of the draft’s top three players: Bosa, Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen or defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
With Arizona likely to take Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray first overall, that leaves just four teams in front of the Giants, and one of them is going to make either a mistake or trade their pick away. Why do I think that? Because it usually happens.
Very few teams — if any — will be able to pry the No. 2 pick away from the San Francisco 49ers. They are not in the market for a cornerback and they also don’t need an edge rusher now they’ve acquired Dee Ford from Kansas City. That doesn’t mean they won’t take one of the big three.
It’s also going to take a haul to move the New York Jets out of the three hole. They would like to recoup some of the equity they surrendered last year to get Sam Darnold, so they may be open for business. Any one of the teams mentioned by Adam Schefter in his tweet could be willing to pay the price. Washington has shown the propensity for being deals in the past, so maybe they can rock Mike Maccagnan’s world with an offer. If not, they’ll be more than happy to grab one of the big three.
Oakland is itching to become overnight contenders and may have Haskins in their sights. At No. 4, they also might be in business. They have three Round 1 picks and could possibly trade up with the Jets or 49ers to get Haskins. Then again, they could just stand pat and select him and put Derek Carr on the market. Or, they can stand pat and take one of the big three.
The Buccaneers have the fifth pick and their intentions are unknown, but it is believed that incoming head coach Bruce Arians is going to try to make things work with quarterback Jameis Winston. They will likely stay in place and select the best defensive player on the board. Who that will be is anyone’s guess.
The Giants at No. 6 can basically wait for the chaos to settle. Patience may prevail here. They could be looking at one of the big three, Haskins or players such as LSU linebacker Devin White or edge rusher Montez Sweat.
If they don’t take Haskins, they could still trade for the Cardinals’ Josh Rosen. Waiting until draft day to do that would likely bring his price down. Rosen’s cap hit is minimal since the majority of his contract has already been paid out.
For those who are forecasting a bleak outlook for the Giants, they should take a step back. These Giants are in a no-lose situation.