Reconstruction of the Giants continued on Wednesday morning when the team switched to Nose Tackle Damon Harrison in the 2019 NFL Draft for the Detroit Lions for a fifth round.
Trading Harrison follows the Giants, who bring Cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.
Moving Harrison frees $ 7.75 million against the cap in 2018 and allows the Giants to launch Dalian Tomlinson, the second year defender.
Giants swap Apple, Harrison … who's next?
After the two moves in the last two days, the Giants now own nine picks in the 2019 NFL Draft:
1. Round: The Giants have their own selection
2. Round: Giants have their own selection
4. Round: Giants own their own pick and Saints pick
5. Round: Giants have their own pick, the selection of the Detroit Lions
6. Round: Giants have their own choice
7. Round: Giant's own picks that originally belonged to Rams and Vikings
Harrison enters the 8th week with 31
As the head coach of Giants, Pat Shurmur, said after the Apple trade, the organization wants to give young players on the squad list a chance to play in the second half of the season. They also pretty much buy the war chest to move up the NFL Draft for several rounds.
"This will give some young players and newer players the chance to have a chance," Shurmur said Tuesday. "Besides, if we take a closer look at this thing, we'll have a draft pick – actually two draft picks, one next year and certainly one in 2020."
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