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2020 NFL Draft: Giants willing to trade down from fourth pick?

Tua Tagovailoa NFL Draft
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We’re hearing a ton of rumors heading into the 2020 NFL Draft later this month. Selecting No. 3 overall, the Detroit Lions are said to be open for business with that pick.

The backdrop here include other teams looking to move up for a quarterback. Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert from Oregon have been two primary targets.

Now comes this report from Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel indicating that the New York Giants have interest in trading down from the fourth pick. The reasoning is simple. New York’s likely targets at positions of need could potentially be had later within the top 10.

It makes sense on a number of fronts. First off, there’s a ton of potential teams looking to move up for either Tua or Herbert.

  • Los Angeles Chargers (No. 6 pick): Los Angeles lost Philip Rivers in free agency and decided against replacing him. The team is set to go with Tyrod Taylor as a stopgap option next season.
  • Carolina Panthers (No. 7 pick): The release of Cam Newton coincided with Carolina signing Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year contract. Despite this, there’s still rumors that first-year head coach Matt Rhule wants an elite young signal caller.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 9 pick): Interestingly enough, reports out of Duval conclude that the Jags might in fact still draft a quarterback despite the presence of young star Gardner Minshew. They have the draft capital to move up.

New York could even decide that it makes sense to move outside of the top 10. The Las Vegas Raiders, selecting 12th and 19th overall, are reportedly eyeing a trade up for Justin Herbert. Picking up an additional first-round pick in a trade down eight spots could make sense for New York.

There’s also the Dolphins theory. Miami has been in on Tua for the better part of the past calendar year. Selecting No. 5 overall, the team might very well find that it makes sense to offer up a mid-round pick to New York in a trade up one spot. It’s similar to what we saw the Chicago Bears do in acquiring Mitchell Trubisky at the top of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Either way, the Giants are now a true wild card early in the 2020 NFL Draft.