Could the New York Giants trade the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft? According to one report, blueprints of a deal are already in place.
The New York Giants and Buffalo Bills have the blueprints of a blockbuster deal, which would include the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, in place, according to a report from NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline.
“Several people I’ve spoken with speculated that the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills likely have a blueprint in place for a trade that would allow the Bills to move up to the second spot in the draft. They also believe that the trade won’t happen until very late in the process if it happens at all, as the Giants want to field further offers.”
The Bills have been linked to trading up with the Giants for the No. 2 pick since acquiring the 12th overall pick last month from the Cincinnati Bengals. The move gives the Bills two first-round picks in this year’s draft.
With two first-round picks and having five selections in the first 65 picks of the draft, the Bills have the ammunition many believe will be needed to convince the Giants to move down in the draft.
But not everyone, as Sports Illustrated‘s Albert Breer notes.
“The other day I was spitballing on a potential Bills-Giants swap with a team exec, who said to me, “The problem is that the 22nd pick might as well be in the third round.” He was exaggerating, but only a little bit. The consensus I’ve heard is the difference between 22 and 52 is minimal this year, which is part of why the Colts did well to land a couple high second-rounders in their trade with the Jets.”
If that’s the case, the Bills might have to include both a first-round pick and either a second or third in 2019 in their trade package to make it worthwhile for the Giants to trade down.
The Giants are in the driver’s seat heading into the NFL Draft. Whatever they choose to do with the second overall pick will have repercussions throughout the first round.