It sure looks like the Eagles had some information about the Giants’ draft plans, and they used it to their advantage.
Leaks are common in all businesses across every sector, but especially with sports organizations, as reporters, disgruntled employees and rivals can all share tidbits they’ve learned with others. Sometimes that information has a price tag attached to it, while other times it’s in exchange for a service or favor in the future.
And while sometimes organizations can figure out who their mole is, it doesn’t always happen that way. It will be interesting to know what the Giants are thinking right now, as it sure looked like the Eagles found out who they were targeting in the first round of the draft, and beat them to the punch.
Philadelphia traded up to No. 10 — just one spot ahead of New York — so it could draft Alabama product DeVonta Smith. The speedy receiver should immediately upgrade their receiving corps, which is exactly what the Giants were looking to do, in surrounding Daniel Jones with weapons.
And how’d the Giants feel about their division rival beating them to the punch?
“The Giants wanted DeVonta bad,” an SEC defensive coordinator told ESPN.com. “They were pretty livid when Philly moved in front of them.”
New York traded down as a result, and went on to draft Kadarius Toney with the 20th overall pick. But he’s viewed as a major downgrade from Smith.