The New York Giants have an important evening ahead of them.
Joe Schoen will conduct his first NFL Draft as the team's new general manager in place of Dave Gettleman. He'll have two early opportunities to locate franchise cornerstones, as the G-Men hold the No. 5 and 7 picks in Las Vegas.
Given this extra leverage, the Giants might want to move down for the second straight year.
According to ESPN's Dianna Russini, the Giants are “very open to trading" the seventh pick.
New York obtained this selection by sliding down from No. 11 to 20 last year. The trade allowed the Chicago Bears to select Justin Fields, while the Giants took Kadarius Toney and gained a 2022 first-round selection.
Schoen might want to execute a similar maneuver Thursday. Last year, the Giants weren't taking Fields -- or any other quarterback -- because they remained committed to Daniel Jones. This year, they may not think any passing prospects are worth one of those valuable picks.
The Giants officially declined Jones' fifth-year option, meaning he's an unrestricted free agent next offseason. As a result, it's far more likely Big Blue will target a new quarterback in next year's draft, expected to be a superior class led by Alabama's Bryce Young and Ohio State's CJ Stroud.
Gaining another pick could make it easier to trade up and land a star passer in 2023.
If they stay put, the Giants have plenty of needs to address in Round 1. They're often projected to take an offensive lineman with at least one of their two picks. They could also target top cornerbacks Sauce Gardner and Derek Stingley or Oregon edge-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Following five straight losing seasons with only 22 total wins, the Giants can't afford to get this wrong.