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Report: The Giants Were Attempting A Major NFL Draft Trade

A closeup of Eli Manning prior to the Giants taking the field.

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 09: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants waits to the take the field against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 09, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The New York Giants faced criticism for their pick at No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, taking quarterback Daniel Jones out of Duke.

New York's general manager, Dave Gettleman, had a strong message for his critics, telling the media that there were other teams interested in taking Jones high in the draft, too.

A new report from Peter King reveals that the Giants were attempting a major NFL Draft trade before their pick at No. 6.

According to the Broncos' GM, John Elway, the Giants were attempting to trade up from No. 17 to No. 10 before picking at No. 6.

My big question to Gettleman in the wake of the weekend centered around taking Duke quarterback Daniel Jones at six. (Isn’t that the question on every Giants fan’s brain right now?) Actually, I had a couple of questions. That was the first, and then, why was Gettleman trying to trade with Denver at 10—which John Elway told me in Denver after the first round.

Why, I asked, did Gettleman not do what the chalk said there—get the desperately needed pass-rusher, Josh Allen, at six, and then take the calculated risk of letting Jones slide, and getting him either with the second first-round pick (17th) or in a slight trade-up from 17?

This would likely mean that the Giants would've preferred to take Jones at No. 10 overall and someone else at No. 6 overall (Josh Allen, perhaps).

Regardless, the Giants ended up with Jones at No. 6, and he'll attempt to be the quarterback of their future.