Trading down is always the best option in my opinion, it's just a matter of value. Simply, is there a offer out there better than taking one of the players available? I don't assume teams get viable trade offers very often. I'm sure it happens, but I think it's rare... hence why you only see a small handful of trades in the early rounds.
If the Giants have to pick, I think the one that best serves their future is Barkley. Barkley and Elliot are the two best RB's most of us have ever seen come out of college. I'm 43 and I know I've never seen RB's this good. To pass on a player like that, the offer better be great.
I think that is tough to say that they are the two best backs coming out of college we have ever seen.
But what about a couple of these guys that the whole nation thought were cant miss players from not too long back? You just have to remember the time when they came out and what people were saying.
Ron Dayne out of Wisconsin. 11th overall - this guy is the prime example of projecting college stats onto the pro level does not always work out. He was considered a lock RB at the time.
Lawrence Phillips - Hugely considered about as safe of a top 10 there was.
Ki-Jana Carter - First overall pick by the Bengals. Highly touted. Injured in preseason and never could come back so who knows?
Blair Thomas - 2nd overall pick by the Jets
Kevin Jones - first rounder to the Lions
Sammy Smith drafted 9th overall by the Dolphins to get them and Marino over the hump. Fizzled.
Trent Richardson - 2012 3rd overall and one of the biggest draft busts of this era
Knowshon Mareno - 12th overall 2009
Darren Mcfadden - 4th overall 2008
Reggie Bush - 2nd overall 2006
Cedric Benson who along with Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, JJ Arriington and Eric Shelton all went before Frank Gore.in 2005
Beanie Wells first round pick in 2011
William Green- 1st rounder to the Browns.
Blair Thomas 2nd overall pick by the Jets in 1990
Having a terrible year was the best thing for this team. Over the past 6 years they were 42 and 54 with one playoff appearance (a loss), and were swimming in mediocrity.
I'm not a Giants fan and hope they stay in mediocrity, but I think this is the best chance they have in a long time to start implementing some change at the most important position. Hell, maybe they take 2 QBs in this draft. Trade down and get a QB in the 2nd and one in the 5th or something.