There are three scenarios that the Giants will have to prepare for Thursday.
One: Stay the course and wait for the best available player to fall to them at No. 9. We won't know who that is until the time comes. But I feel it will be one of five players: Iowa OL Brandon Scherff, Clemson DE Vic Beasley, DE Bud Dupree of Kentucky, Alabama WR Amari Cooper or WR Kevin White of West Virginia.
I don't believe the reports that the Giants are interested in Stanford OT Andrus Peat. He cannot possibly be the ninth-best player in this draft. He would be a "need" pick and one that many scouts have issues with.
The recent missteps of LSU OL La'el Collins (questioned in the murder investigation of his ex-girlfriend) and DE/LB Shane Ray of Missouri (pot citation) have hurt their draft stock. The Giants are all about responsible citizenship and these guys are just not Giant material.
Scherff is the favorite right now and probably the best fit for the Giants. As we stated, he's projected to be a guard in the NFL, but he was a solid tackle in college and there's no reason he can't be a RT in the pros. He is also a versatile lineman and you know how much the Giants love versatility.
Beasley and Dupree are EDGE rushers and as Ernie Accorsi always said, you just can't have enough of those. Cooper or White give Eli another strong target in the passing game and provide insurance for the rehabbing Victor Cruz.
There are some who believe Louisville WR DaVante Parker could get the call, but I don't see him as a Top-10 guy.
Two: they can trade up if they see an opportunity and it is worth the risk. Let's say DE/LB Dante Fowler or USC DE Leonard Williams fall a bit, GM Jerry Reese might just break from his strategy and broker a deal. Doubtful, but the Giants need talent, especially on defense, and these guys fit that bill.
Third, the Giants could get bowled over by a team and trade back for two or three additional picks. I don't like this scenario because I think this draft needs to be about quality rather than quantity. They have 90 or so players under their roof right now that they have to sift through. Adding more numbers isn't going to help them in assessing what they've already got. Unless those picks are all within the first three rounds, I doubt they go this route.
If they do, I see several solutions for the secondary, and possibly the offensive line. There are a couple of safeties that would be nice values. Also by trading back, the Giants can land Washington's Shaq Thompson, a tweener that can play LB, safety, special teams and even RB, who would have been a reach at No. 9.