The Giants hold the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft, which is at least close to where GM Dave Gettleman thinks teams find "gold-jacket players". It's an enormously important pick for this semi-rebuilding franchise.
But their second first-round pick -- 17th overall -- is the most intriguing one.
That's where the Giants appear to have the most options and far more uncertainty than they'll find at the top of the draft. At 6 their choices seem to be to grab the best of what's left of the top-tier defenders or select Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to be Eli Manning's eventual successor.
But at 17 they could do any number of things. At least one top quarterback could still be available, as well as several impressive defensive players. They'll still be in the upper echelons of the draftable offensive linemen by then, and could even find the big wide receiver they so desperately need.
And that's only if they keep the pick. Don't rule out the possibility of them trading down.
So what are their options with the pick they acquired from Cleveland in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade? Here are seven...
A franchise QB
This is a hard sell, because if they see a guy who is worthy of being their leader, the face of their franchise for the next 15 years, shouldn't they just take him at 6? Gettleman seems to think so. The position is too important to risk losing their guy. And if they do choose to wait, they'll likely miss out on Haskins, Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and probably Missouri's Drew Lock. That leaves them with Duke's Daniel Jones or maybe West Virginia's Will Grier. A lot of people are starting to predict they'll take Jones here.
Take a second-tier defensive player
It's hard to predict which defensive players will slip this far, but among the possibilities are Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell, Florida State edge-rusher Brian Burns, LSU corner Greedy Williams, and Michigan linebacker Devin Bush. Some think either Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary or Mississippi State edge-rusher Montez Sweat could be here, too. The point is this first-round is deep in defensive talent, and the Giants need defensive help. Even if they take a defensive player at 6, they could still double-up on that side of the ball. They certainly could use the extra help.
Grab a Hog Molly
One thing seems certain in this draft: With the potential for four quarterbacks to go in the Top 20 and with up to a dozen elite defenders worthy of a pick in the top half of the round, some really good offensive linemen are going to slip. Which ones will depend on the preferences of the individual teams. But if you take a group with Alabama's Jonah Williams, Florida's Jawaan Taylor, Washington State's Andre Dillard, and Oklahoma's Cody Ford, it's a good bet two of them will still be available at 17. Knowing the Giants' line issues, could Gettleman really resist a choice like that?
Replace Odell Beckham Jr.
With Beckham gone, Sterling Shepard entering the final year of his contract, and Golden Tate already 30 years old, the Giants need receivers. Since their current top three are also all under 6 feet tall, they need big receivers. They will definitely consider one at this spot. It's not clear what they think of Ole Miss' D.K. Metcalf (6-3, 228), the combine star who has an incomplete college resume due to injuries. Arizona State's N'Keal Harry (6-2, 228) would be a safer bet, though 17 might be high for him, and he could even be available when they pick early in the second round. Mississippi's A.J. Brown and Oklahoma's Marquise Brown are smaller and slot receivers, and with Shepard and Tate the Giants already have too many of those. So Metcalf and Harry would likely be the only choices at 17.
Trade down for more picks
The Giants do have 12 picks, but eight of those come on Day 3 (Rounds 4-7). Having four picks in the Top 95 selections isn't nothing, but if the Giants can trade down and add a second or third rounder? They know they have a lot of holes and surely would be open to doing that. Who would trade up? How about the Steelers (at 20) for some much-needed defensive help, the Texans (23) for an offensive lineman, the Raiders (at 27) because GM Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden are wild-cards, the suddenly aggressive Packers (30) for defensive help, or the Patriots (32) for a tight end? Would the Giants drop that far? Well, last year the Dolphins got a fifth-round pick and a 2019 first-round pick from the Saints to drop from 14 to 27. So, if the price is right ….