As the hours tick away until the start of the first round of the NFL Draft, the Giants' preference is still what it's been for weeks. They want to trade down, not up. In fact, they're trying to trade down, according to multiple sources, just as they have been for a while.
It's just not clear if they'll be able to do it. Also unknown is how far they'd be willing to go.
The best guess around the league is that the Giants don't want to leave the Top 10, which would virtually assure them of getting one of the "Big Four" tackles. Anything lower and the package would have to be overwhelming.
The problem is, the expected battle to trade up between the Miami Dolphins (at 5) and Los Angeles Chargers (at 6) doesn't seem to be materializing, according to several league sources. So if they want to move down, they may have to accept moving lower than that.
As for the trade package, what they're asking for in return depends on which team they're asking. One NFL source said the Giants definitely seem to want to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Leonard Williams trade. But if they're dropping more than one or two spots, the total package would likely have to be much more.
In the end, it will all depend on the market, how many teams enter the bidding, and perhaps most importantly, what happens with the Detroit Lions at pick No. 3. There do seem to be a bunch of teams in the top half of the draft interested in moving up, but there are also a lot of variables at play.
Here's a look at some of the Giants' possible trading partners:
5 - Miami Dolphins
For a long time they were thought to be interested in making a pre-emptive move up so they could get QB Tua Tagovailoa before anyone else traded up for him. Then, sources and reports were indicating they wanted a tackle instead. And now there are reports saying they're trying to trade up to 3 with the Lions, possibly to get a tackle or -- most intriguingly -- to somehow get 3 without giving up 5 so they can package both those picks to the Cincinnati Bengals for the No. 1 (and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow).
Crazy as that sounds, it seems more plausible than the Dolphins trading up for a tackle when they could just sit tight and still get a pretty good one. Whatever. It sounds like they're focused on 3. And while the Giants might be interested in swapping picks with the Dolphins, they'd want their pick at 5, not their picks at 18 or 26.
6 - Los Angeles Chargers
There's been no indication they are concerned about moving up for a quarterback, even though they'd likely get the third one off the board. Some believe that's because they are content with Tagovailoa or Oregon's Justin Herbert.
Don't rule out Utah State's Jordan Love here, either, according to one source. Whoever it is, there's no indication they want to move, though that could change if someone else tries to jump over them first.
9 - Jacksonville Jaguars
There's a lot of trade talk about this spot in part because the Jaguars are making and fielding calls on RB Leonard Fournette (whom the Giants don't need) and DE Yannick Ngakoue (whom the Giants can't afford).
Then last night, CBS reported they wanted to trade up, possibly for a quarterback. If that's true, they'll surely call the Giants. But they did just trade Nick Foles and seem to like Gardner Minshew, so who knows? They've got a lot going on here that might end up leading to nothing.
12 - Las Vegas Raiders
They apparently had talks with the Jaguars about Ngakoue, and … well Jon Gruden is kind of a wild card in the draft and they do have two first-round picks (including 19). They seem to be locked in on receiver or a defensive back. They'd probably only have to jump the Jets at 11 to get their top receiver.
Would they move up all the way to 4 for CB Jeffrey Okudah or LB Isaiah Simmons? Maybe. But they'd probably have to give the Giants Nos. 12 and 19 to do it. And the Giants might still get a top tackle at 12, so they'd probably jump at that.
14 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
They have expressed some interest in moving up for an offensive tackle, but they obviously wouldn't have to move up far to do it. It would be a huge price to pay to jump all the way to 4, especially since they really only need to get into the Top 10 for one of the "Big Four" (and they could find a willing partner in the Carolina Panthers at No. 7). There's also a pretty good second tier of tackles and they'd likely get the best of that bunch staying where they are.
15 - Denver Broncos
The Broncos seem locked in at receiver, and very likely on Alabama's Jerry Jeudy. Their issue is that the Raiders (12) and 49ers (13) will probably beat them to the punch, and if the Jets take a receiver, too, then their top three will probably be gone.
Jeudy likely isn't worth the price of moving all the way up to 4, though. Dealing with the Panthers (at 7) or the Jaguars (at 9, if they decide to trade down, not up) would make more sense for them.
16 - Atlanta Falcons
They were the kings of the rumor mill before today, with talk that they've tried to trade up to 2 for Chase Young (and were apparently rebuffed). There are some who think they might still want to try to move to 3 or 4 for either Okudah or Simmons. There's no way Gettleman wants to drop this far, but could he be tempted?
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff isn't afraid of big, bold moves. In 2011, he traded his first, second, and fourth-round picks, plus a future first and fourth to move up from 27 to 6 for WR Julio Jones. That obviously was a bigger jump, but Gettleman could still get a huge package to drop 12 spots.
In 2016, the Eagles had to make two deals to move up 11 spots, from 13 to 2 for Carson Wentz, and it cost them two players, their first-, third- and fourth-rounder, plus a future first and a second. It all depends on whether they want to make an offer the Giants just can't refuse.