No. 4: Trade Down with the New York Giants
A ton of this is going to change between now and the 2019 NFL Draft. But remember, we’re basing these scenarios off the assumption the order stays put.
2019 is going to be a bad, bad year for teams in need of a quarterback. The free-agent market won’t be too hot, and there are few options in the draft, unlike this past April. This is bad news for quarterback-needy teams like the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars, who’ll likely find themselves reaching for a QB with their first respective picks.
Right now, the Giants and Jags are at Nos. 5 and 8, respectively. The Draft Network’s Joe Marino has the G-Men grabbing Oregon’s Justin Herbert, while Jacksonville selects Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.
This would take some finagling by John Lynch, of course, drumming up false reports of interest to create some sort of bidding war for the top pick. But it’s happened before with Lynch, and the 2017 move-down with the Chicago Bears is a prime example of fleecing at its prime.
All it could take would be to dangle the proverbial “carrot” in front of the Giants, suggesting the Jaguars (or another quarterback-hungry) squad is willing to go all in on a player like Herbert. Maybe those Jaguars, considering their window to a Super Bowl is open with everything except the guy under center.
If the Giants are in dire need of a player like Herbert, San Francisco can command a lofty asking price and still land one of its top three players on the 2019 big board.