The New York Giants Might Also Want to Trade Back

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistApril 24, 2013

Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA;  New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
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It's mathematically impossible for every team to trade down in the first round, but it seems almost everyone with a first-round pick in this year's draft wants to do it. Add the New York Giants to that list, based on word from WFAN's Paul Dottino.

Dottino "believes there is a good possibility" the G-Men trade down, according to Ian Taubin at Big Blue United

Of course, wanting to trade down and having the ability to trade down are two very different things, especially when the supply and demand are as imbalanced as they are this year. 

The Giants have a slew of needs on defense, but this is a deep draft for defenders. There will be plenty of quality safeties and corners available later in the first round and in Round 2, and there's a chance the draft's top two inside linebackers—Alec Ogletree and Manti Te'o—are still available at those points.

New York could also use help along both lines, but the draft's top three tackles and top two guards are expected to be long gone by the time they're on the clock. If they don't view D.J. Fluker as being worthy of a top-20 pick and don't have any defensive linemen near the top of their draft board in that spot, they'll want to get out. 

I still get the feeling they'll stand pat and draft the best pass-rusher on the board. This draft is deep enough for them to fill other defensive needs later and right tackles can be found elsewhere, including on the free-agent market (think: Eric Winston and Andre Smith). But while Dion Jordan, Ziggy Ansah and Barkevious Mingo might be gone before the Giants are up, Tank Carradine and/or Bjoern Werner should be available. Both would be nice fits. 

I can understand why the Giants want to accumulate picks and drop down in a draft like this one, but they and the Cowboys are both in a strange area. If the top of the draft breaks so that there are some quality options in the 18-19 range, they'll be less inclined to make a deal. But if none of the "elite" prospects drop, it's highly unlikely anyone with a lower pick would be motivated to sell off picks in order to make a swap.