Myers: Giants Won't Trade OBJ – Or Draft Haskins

Gary Myers explained why Odell Beckham Jr. isn't going anywhere – and why the Giants won't draft Dwayne Haskins (or Kyler Murray)

Zach Gelb
February 19, 2019 - 10:53 am
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Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL, but the New York Giants reportedly tried to trade him last season – and could still deal him this offseason.

Gary Myers, however, isn’t buying it.

“I don’t think he’s going to be traded,” the columnist and New York Times best-selling author told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of Ferrall on the Bench. “If the Giants wanted to trade Odell, they would have done it. I don’t think that much bad stuff happened last year that they’ve changed their mind on him. They would have traded him last year.”

They didn’t. In fact, they invested in him.

“They gave him a $20 million signing bonus, they sign him to a new contract, he made about $22 million last year, and he played 12 games,” Myers said. “That’s a horrible investment if now you’re going to bail out and trade him. I don’t see why you would trade Beckham at this point unless he does something really egregious in the offseason and they’ve just had enough. But when you think about Beckham and Engram and obviously Saquon – I think they should draft a quarterback, but I’m assuming they’re not if they can protect Eli. They have the potential to have a pretty good offense. I don’t see why you would trade Beckham.”

The Giants have the sixth pick in the draft. Selecting Ohio State quarterback prospect Dwayne Haskins would make a lot of sense, but there’s just one problem: Myers doesn’t think Haskins will be there.

“I think someone is going to trade up ahead of the Giants to get a quarterback,” he said. “I don’t see the Giants being interested in Murray just because of his size. The Giants have always been a team that values size, and I don’t see them taking a 5-9 quarterback. If the Giants were going to take one of these quarterbacks, it would be Haskins. But there are enough teams that want quarterbacks and all the teams at the top don’t want quarterbacks, so that leave plenty of opportunity for teams to trade up.”

The Giants could trade up to draft Haskins, sure, but Myers doesn’t think they will.

“The Giants need so much help,” he said. “I don’t see them giving up a second-round pick – and they don’t have a (third) – to move up a few spots to get a quarterback. If they didn’t take Sam Darnold last year, they’re not taking Dwayne Haskins this year. Darnold was considered a much better prospect than Haskins is at least right now. The Giants took Barkley because they were not sold on Darnold or any of the other quarterbacks. They love Barkley, but they didn’t take Barkley simply because they loved him; they took Barkley because they didn’t love any of the quarterbacks. I just don’t think they love (Haskins or Murray), and in a year with all these pass rushers, I think they’re going to take a pass-rusher and then try to get a quarterback in the next year or so. I don’t think it’s the right move. I would take Haskins. But I don’t think they’re going to do that.”

Click below to listen to Myers' interview in its entirety.