Wednesday, September 28

NFL Draft 2022: Fun Giants trade ideas including Kadarius Toney, James Bradberry, Darius Slayton, the 7th pick, more


Everyone is about to find out just how creative Giants general manager Joe Schoen can be. Expect Schoen to be actively looking for trades during the NFL Draft, which starts on Thursday night.

Maybe that means trading back in the first round, moving up in other rounds or finding a taker for players like James Bradberry and Kadarius Toney.

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Or, maybe Schoen will stand pat and use all nine of the Giants’ draft picks. That’s not as fun, though.

But this is fun: We came up with 10 trade ideas that make some sense.

Trade back ideas

1. Giants trade first-round pick (No. 7), fifth-round pick to Texans for first-round pick (No. 13), third-round pick (No. 80) and 2023 second-round pick.

Everybody expects teams to trade up only for quarterbacks — but the top of the edge rusher, offensive tackle and cornerback classes experience a bit of a drop-off after the top prospects. So if the Texans draft someone like cornerback Sauce Gardner, that could push more offensive tackles down the board — potentially making one of Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu or Charles Cross there at No. 7. Or, Gardner/Derek Stingley at cornerback or Kayvon Thibodeaux/Jermaine Johnson could be targets for a Texans team in desperate need of talent pretty much everywhere. They have the assets to pull off a move up the board without losing too much sleep, especially after the Deshaun Watson deal.

2. Giants trade first-round pick (No. 7) and fifth-round pick to Chargers for first-round pick (No. 17), fourth-round pick (No. 123) and 2023 first-round pick

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The Chargers desperately need an offensive tackle to pair with Rashawn Slater and better protect Justin Herbert, and this scenario posits that one of the Cross/Neal/Ekwonu trio are still on the board at No. 7. The Chargers are (or should be) in win-now mode.

3. Giants trade first-round pick (No. 7) to Steelers for first-round pick (No. 20), third-round pick (No. 84), 2023 first-round pick and 2023 fourth-round pick.

And here’s the top candidate to move up for a quarterback. The Steelers signed Mitchell Trubisky, but few would argue he’s a long-term solution. If the Steelers have a particular affinity for Kenny Pickett or Malik Willis, they should go up and get him. They have a talented roster already and finding their next stud quarterback would quickly catapult them back into contention. Whether Pickett or Willis have that sort of talent is up for debate, but expect Pittsburgh to explore moving up at least.

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James Bradberry ideas

4. Giants trade Bradberry to the 49ers for a 2022 sixth-round pick and 2023 fifth-round pick.

5.. Giants trade Bradberry to the Bengals for a 2022 sixth-round pick and 2023 fifth-round pick

We’re clumping these deals together. The Giants shouldn’t expect a significant return at this point, but it’s not inconceivable that Schoen can convince a cornerback-needy, win-now team like the 49ers or Bengals — who both should have the space to take on his salary — to trade for Bradberry during the draft. The Giants should be looking to add more 2023 picks than picks this season, so even getting a fifth next year would be a positive.

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6. Giants trade Bradberry and 2022 fourth-round pick (No. 112) to the Chiefs for 2022 third-round pick (No. 94) and 2023 fifth-round pick.

The Chiefs really make the most sense since they’re a team loaded with draft capital and have a desperate need at cornerback. This might be the sort of deal Schoen might have to settle for, a move-up in the draft rather than a straight swap of Bradberry for a pick. This would have the Giants moving up from the top of the fourth round to the bottom of the third, plus adding a Day 3 pick next year.

Kadarius Toney ideas

7. Giants trade Toney, 2022 fifth-round pick to the Saints for a 2022 fourth-round pick and 2023 second-round pick.

The noise around a potential Toney deal has calmed down a bit, but the Giants almost certainly wouldn’t turn down an offer like this one. The Saints saw what Toney was capable of when he played well against them in Week 4 last year, and they’ve been looking for more talent at wide receiver for a few years. Also, the Saints have always been willing to give up draft capital to load up on talent. This is an ideal scenario for the Giants, adding good capital both this year and next year.

8. Giants trade Toney to the Titans for a 2022 fourth-round pick, 2023 third-round pick.

The Titans have multiple fourth-round picks at their disposal this year and a real need to add talent at wide receiver around A.J. Brown after the failure of Julio Jones. Would this be enough for Schoen to pull the trigger?

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Darius Slayton idea

9. Giants trade Slayton to the Chargers for two 2022 seventh-round picks (No. 236, No. 255).

The Chargers have an abundance of seventh-round picks (four of them!) so surely they’d have no issue giving a couple of them up for a starting-caliber wide receiver.

10. Giants trade Slayton to the Bears for 2023 sixth-round pick.

The Bears have not exactly surrounded Justin Fields with a talented group of pass-catchers. Right now they’re stuck at Darnell Mooney and Byron Pringle as their top starters. Slayton would add a deep threat and can at least step in as their third receiver.

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