The New York Giants made several draft day trades to move up and secure the players they coveted in this year’s NFL draft.
The Giants traded up one spot in the first round, swapping picks with the Jacksonville Jaguars — from No. 25 to No. 24 — to prevent against being jumped for Maryland defensive back Deonte Banks. They also sent the Jags a fifth (No. 160) and a seventh (No. 240) to seal the deal.
On Day 2, the Giants sent a third-round pick (No. 89) and fourth-rounder (No. 128) to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the 73rd overall pick, which they used to select Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt.
And let us not forget the Giants sent a third-round pick (No. 100) to the Las Vegas Raiders for tight end Darren Waller earlier this offseason.
The total cost of moving up during the draft was a net three picks. Here’s a quick rundown of who was selected with the picks the Giants traded away.
Dalton Kincaid was actually selected by the Buffalo Bills after Jacksonville traded down to No. 27 in another deal that also netted them the 130th overall selection. The Jags took Oklahoma offensive tackle Anton Harrison at No. 27 and Oklahoma State defensive end at No. 130.
The Rams kept the 89th pick in Round 3 and used it to select Wake Forest defensive tackle Kobie Turner, who many projected as a Day 3 talent.
With the pick acquired in the Waller trade, the Raiders selected wide receiver Tre Tucker. Some believe Tucker was a bit of a reach at No. 100, especially over his college teammate Tyler Scott, but Las Vegas views him as their potential WR4.
The Rams went off script again with the second pick they got from the Giants when they took embattled 26-year-old Stetson Bennett, the two-time National Champion quarterback at Georgia. Many experts do not see Bennett as a starter on the pro level.
The Jags kept the pick and used it to beef up in the secondary with Texas A&M safety Antonio Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder with a huge upside.
Jacksonville turned this late-rounder the Giants received last year from Baltimore into Derek Parish, a muscular-framed kid who will likely end up being a fullback or a special teamer.