Ranking every Giants trade value: Is Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones or … Dexter Lawrence No. 1?

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Who are the most valuable Giants players?

As in, which players are viewed the highest around the league, not as much inside the Giants’ building.

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A good way to evaluate a team’s roster is look at which players other teams would give up assets to acquire. The Giants aren’t exactly flush with young cornerstones, though general manager Dave Gettleman is trying to rebuild the roster and the team had an influx of new, young players this offseason between the draft and free agency.

So, here’s a ranking of the trade value of the 40 most valuable Giants players right now. This isn’t a list of the best players but, rather, which players would garner the most in a trade if a team came calling.

Just missed: RB Wayne Gallman, FB Elijhaa Penny, WR Corey Coleman, EDGE Carter Coughlin, LB TJ Brunson, LB Tae Crowder, DB Chris Williamson, CB Grant Haley, TE Levine Toilolo, DT Austin Johnson, LS Casey Kreiter, QB Cooper Rush.

Of this group, the four seventh-round picks from this year’s draft (Coughlin, Brunson, Crowder, Williamson) could break onto the list if they can make it onto the roster. All have a good chance for their ability to help on special teams. Penny is the starting fullback, but few teams use a fullback anymore. Gallman isn’t even a lock to make the team this year. Coleman has talent, but missed all of last season due to injury.

40. K Aldrick Rosas: If this was last year, Rosas would be much higher on the list. He was coming off a Pro Bowl campaign. Now, he’s coming off a bad season and was recently arrested. He might be released anyway, and teams don’t often trade for kickers anyway.

39. DT R.J. McIntosh: He hasn’t shown much since being drafted in the fifth round in 2018 but he’s still young (24) and can develop into a rotational pass rusher.

38. C Spencer Pulley: He’s a veteran center with some experience, though he hasn’t performed great when given extended opportunities.

37. S Nate Ebner: The Giants signed him to be a special teams ace, and some teams value those sorts of special teams-only players more than others. Clearly, the Joe Judge-led Giants are one of them.

36. WR Cody Core: Another, well, core special teams player that re-signed on a multi-year deal. He’d have more value if he actually contributed on offense.

35. RB Dion Lewis: Running backs don’t have much value in general, and Lewis is almost 30 and has averaged just 3.5 yards per carry the last two seasons. He’s still a solid pass-catcher, though, and special teams contributor.

34. LB Cam Brown (rookie): The Giants’ sixth-round pick has intriguing potential and should contribute on special teams right away … but he was a sixth-round pick for a reason.

33. CB Sam Beal: He was a third-round (from the supplementary draft) pick just a couple of years ago, but has either been injured or inconsistent thus far. If he can stay healthy, perhaps there’s a potential starting corner hidden in there. He’ll be given the chance to become that.

32. OL Shane Lemieux (rookie): He had a solid career at Oregon and the Giants envision him as a center long-term. He was a fifth-round pick, though, and many scouts see him exclusively as a guard long-term.

31. OL Nick Gates: For now, he has more value to the Giants than other teams, though his versatility — he could conceivably play any position on the offensive line — helps him. If he wins the starting center job and has a decent season, he could skyrocket on this list.

30. T Nate Solder: He’s being paid to be a franchise cornerstone. Instead, he’s an albatross. Perhaps Dave Gettleman’s biggest mistake was handing Solder the richest contract ever given to a free agent offensive lineman. He was terrible in 2019, and will need to earn his starting job in 2020. It’s not as if teams would be banging down the Giants’ door to get him right now.

29. P Riley Dixon: He’s just a solid, consistent punter.

28. QB Colt McCoy: Teams always are looking for reliable, veteran quarterbacks, and that’s exactly what McCoy brings to the table. He won’t win you any games, but he can run the offense.

27. LB David Mayo: He graded out as the second-best run-stopping linebacker in 2019, per Pro Football Focus, and the Giants signed him to a new deal before he could hit free agency. He shouldn’t be anyone’s full-time starter, but he can be a solid rotational contributor.

26. CB Darnay Holmes (rookie): He fell to the fourth round after a subpar 2019 season at UCLA, but he was hindered by an ankle injury. Talent-wise, he could wind up being a steal and immediate starter for the Giants.

25. LB Ryan Connelly: The 2019 fifth-round pick was off to a nice start last season before getting injured. In three starts, he averaged six tackles and managed two interceptions and one sack. He’ll get the first shot at starting next to Blake Martinez on the inside.

24. EDGE Kyler Fackrell: His pass-rushing production for the Packers fell precipitously (10.5 sacks to 1.5) from 2018 to 2019, but he’s still relatively young (28) and has shown he can be a useful pass-rusher.

23. TE Kaden Smith: The Giants are extremely high on him and he showed some promise down the stretch last season filling in for an injured Evan Engram. In the last six games of the season, Smith was targeted 40 times, the eighth-most of any tight end in that stretch, and quarterbacks had a 117.4 rating throwing to him. If Engram gets hurt again for an extended stretch, his value could skyrocket.

22. DL B.J. Hill: He had 5.5 sacks as a rookie but took a step back last year, only getting one. The talent is there, but he needs to play better in 2020.

21. CB DeAndre Baker: He’s a difficult one to figure out value-wise. On one hand, he was drafted in the first round a year ago and clearly has the talent to be an NFL cornerback. On the other, he was arrested in May, has had questions about his maturity and struggled mightily for most of last season.

20. OT Matt Peart (rookie): The Giants drafted Peart in the third round as a project. He’s long, extremely athletic and projects as a future starter at right or left tackle.

19. EDGE Lorenzo Carter: The potential is there but, like many of the Giants’ defensive players, he hasn’t quite lived up to it yet. He’ll get the chance to in 2020, and in terms of trade value, teams would be banking on potential more than production.

18. LB Blake Martinez: The Giants might’ve overpaid to get Martinez in the building, but the fact is there are few players as productive as him at linebacker, and there will always be teams (ahem, Giants) that value that.

17. CB/S Julian Love: The 2019 draft pick came on toward the end of the season in his transition to safety. Now that the Giants drafted a safety early, defensive coordinator Patrick Graham can get creative with Love, using him as a slot cornerback or safety.

16. EDGE Oshane Ximines: He’s one of the players on this list that could rise (or fall) the most after 2020. Until/unless the Giants bring back Markus Golden, Ximines is projected to be the team’s lead pass rusher. He had 4.5 sacks in 2019, and the potential is there to double that.

15. WR Golden Tate: Tate is simply just a productive, reliable wide receiver, even as he ages. he missed some time due to injuries and a suspension last year, and was wildly unproductive with the Eagles in 2018, but he still has some value. His stats over a full season last year project out to a solid 71 catches for 983 yards and eight touchdowns.

14. WR Sterling Shepard: He’s had trouble staying healthy, but he’s ranked higher than Tate because of his youth. Shepard is still only 27. In his two fully healthy seasons, he averaged a solid 777 yards and six touchdowns.

13. S Xavier McKinney (rookie): He was a first-round talent that fell to the second round, and at this time next year we might already view him as a defensive cornerstone.

12. DL Leonard Williams: As of now, he’s being paid on an expensive ($16-plus million) franchise tag, which significantly reduces his potential trade value. The Giants would be unlikely to recoup what they gave up for him (third-round pick in 2020, fourth/fifth in 2021) in any deal. Yet, he’s young (25), talented and versatile at a premium position.

11. DT Dalvin Tomlinson: He’s a pending free agent, but Tomlinson is only 26 and is one of the better run-stopping defensive tackles in the league. Pro Football Focus had him ranked 10th at run defense among DTs that played 50% of the snaps.

10. CB James Bradberry: The Giants just handed him a significant contract ($43.5 million over three years) for a reason — he was going to be a hot commodity in free agency. He’s not a star cornerback by any stretch, but he’s an upgrade over what they had and is still only 26.

9. G Will Hernandez: He took a step back in 2019 after a solid rookie year in 2018, but he should bounce back nicely with Marc Colombo in as his offensive line coach. He’s a starter-quality guard in the NFL.

8. G Kevin Zeitler: He was far and away the Giants’ best and most consistent offensive lineman in 2019. He’s already 30, but should still be a quality player for a few more years.

7. S Jabrill Peppers: Still waiting on a breakout season from an extremely talented player, but few bring the versatility/athleticism combination he does to a defense. This could be a big season for the former Brown.

6. WR Darius Slayton: He had a breakout rookie season and proved that he can be one of the NFL’s very best deep threats. He was a fifth-round pick last year, and his value already far exceeds that, especially if he has a nice encore in 2020.

5. TE Evan Engram: Health will always be the question mark for Engram, but talent will not. He’s extremely athletic and versatile, a matchup nightmare for any defense. Even with his health issues, he’d likely still garner decent value on the trade market.

4. OT Andrew Thomas (rookie): He hasn’t played an NFL snap yet, but he was the No. 4 overall pick and wouldn’t have fallen much further if the Giants didn’t pick him. A potential franchise left tackle.

3. DT Dexter Lawrence: He had an impressive rookie season and has the looks of a player that could quickly develop into a Pro Bowler. He’ll be a cornerstone of the Giants’ defense for a while.

2. RB Saquon Barkley: Whether Gettleman should’ve picked him second overall, there’s no questioning how talented Barkley is. He’s arguably one of the two or three most dynamic running backs in the NFL, is a marketable star and a fan favorite. Even at running back, all of that is valuable.

1. QB Daniel Jones: No, his rookie season wasn’t perfect. But quarterback rules all in the NFL, and Jones has the look of someone that could be a quality player in the NFL if he can cut back on turnovers. This is a big season for Jones, certainly, but even before it happens, he has plenty of value.

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