New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese decides to trade up in the second-round of the NFL Draft to snag Alabama safety Landon Collins.
By Robby Sabo
Generally speaking, the safe thing to do for a general manager is to trade down during the NFL Draft.
It allows the man in charge a reprieve. A chance to signal to the league that you, in essence, “have it all together.” You tell everybody in the world that you don’t feel anybody is currently on the board that is worth your current slot, while acquiring assets for later use.
It is the move that allows you to play it safe, and allow you to be immediately called a smart business man.
The exact opposite is trading up.
Trading up means you’ve pushed all your chips into the middle of the table and you’re gunning for a specific guy. You’re personally pointing out this young prospect and making it known you firmly believe he’ll work out.
There’s no question the Giants needed back-end help with the departure of veteran Antrel Rolle to Minnesota. Not only was he ultra productive during his five-years in New York, he was a leader.
Reese swapped second-round picks with the Tennessee Titans, while giving up their fourth-rounder and one of their seventh-rounders in this year’s draft.
- 40th Overall (2nd Round)
- 108th Overall (4th Round)
- 245th Overall (7th Round)
- 33nd Overall (2nd Round, used to select Collins)
Collins is a three-year guy with the Crimson Tide who’ll provide an immediate impact. A big play guy who eats, sleeps and dreams football.
— New York Giants (@Giants) May 1, 2015
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