The New York Giants have been all-in on DeVonta Smith, till their plans have been foiled by their NFC East rivals. The Philadelphia Eagles, who have been one spot behind the Giants heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, traded up with the Dallas Cowboys — of all groups — to pick out Smith with the No. 10 total decide (one spot forward of the Giants).
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg interviewed school coaches after the NFL Draft and one SEC defensive coordinator had an fascinating nugget concerning Smith and the Giants’ plans to draft him.
“The Giants needed DeVonta dangerous,” the defensive coordinator informed Rittenberg. “They have been fairly furious when Philly moved in entrance of them.”
As soon as New York could not get Smith at No. 11 total, the Giants traded out of that spot with the Chicago Bears (who chosen Justin Fields) in trade for the No. 20 decide (Kadarius Toney), a 2021 fifth-round decide (No. 164 total), a 2022 first-round decide, and a 2022 fourth-round decide. This was the primary time Dave Gettleman has ever traded down within the draft in his eight seasons as a basic supervisor, even admitting Eagles basic supervisor Howie Roseman tried to commerce with the Giants to get that No. 11 spot.
Philadelphia had the identical intention as New York. The Eagles have been simply capable of finding a technique to commerce up and get Smith — and leapfrog its division rival within the course of.
“That was a part of it. (Eagles basic supervisor) Howie (Roseman) will not be afraid to commerce with anyone,” Gettleman stated in a convention name with reporters earlier within the week. “I had a dialog with him earlier within the week and he stated, ‘Dave, do you might have any issues buying and selling with me?’ I stated, ‘No, if it really works for each of us, it really works for each of us.’ They made the commerce [with the Cowboys] and we determined to commerce again.”
The Giants missed out on Smith and now they should face him twice a 12 months for the following a number of years. Insult to damage.