The New York Giants receive a “D+” grade from your benevolent dictator. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up, and the Giants actually made things worse with their draft day trade strategy.
One of the most important articles in TDI’s Glorious Constitution is “if you trust your GM and scouts to nail No. 10, you should trust them to nail No. 15.” The same holds true with picks in the 30s. Ultimately the Giants traded back up into the first round, from No. 37 to No. 30, to land safety Deandre Baker. The difference in talent available between those two spots is slim. But in order to move up those seven spots they sacrificed No. 132 (4th Rd.) and No. 142 (5th Rd.). Teams with good talent evaluators should be able to find players who can make a 53-man roster with picks in the 132-142 range.
It will be interesting to see if Deandre Baker (No. 30) even outperforms Greg Little (No. 37), a left tackle the Carolina Panthers are very excited about. Baker may need to develop into a top-tier safety in order to yield more value than the players the Giants ultimately gave up – Little, safety Ugochukwu Amadi (No. 132) and linebacker Ben Burr-Kiven (No. 142). Once again it looks like general manager Dave Gettleman has given up more than he’s getting back with his perpetual trade up strategies.
Overall the Giants net trade rating is +15 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, which means they got more value back versus the assets they traded away. I obviously disagree with this old-school evaluation. Time will tell which assessment is correct.