The New York Giants are a team to watch when the first round of the 2021 NFL draft kicks off on Thursday, April 29.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Giants are having internal discussions about trading out of the No. 11 overall pick.
It’ll likely come via a trade-down scenario.
The #Giants are slated to pick No. 11 in the NFL Draft, and trading back is already something they are internally considering, I’m told. That spot will have real value. … How rare would a trade down be? GM Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the 1st round in 8 drafts as a GM
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 20, 2021
General manager Dave Gettleman’s draft history suggests at trade is highly unlikely. He’s never traded down from his first-round pick in eight years as a GM, as Rapoport noted.
This year could be different, however. If one of the big five quarterbacks slide to the 11th pick, Gettleman will have the rare opportunity to trade a selection that’s outside the top 10 for value consistent with a pick that’s five or six selections higher.
Teams to monitor as potential trade-up candidates include the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears, each of whom is searching for QB-next in the 2021 draft.