This morning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul from the Giants In exchange for a third and fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Giants selected Pierre-Paul with the No. 15 overall pick in 2010 and he has been with the team ever since. Pierre-Paul is a two-time pro bowler, one-time First Team All-Pro selection and a Super Bowl champion.
He was once considered to be one of the best defensive ends in the league, but had a setback when a fireworks accident in 2015 led to the amputation of his right index finger.
This acquisition is mutually beneficial for both teams, as the Bucs need a premier pass rusher and the Giants need to restore their offense with young talent. Adding Pierre-Paul to the defensive line will elevate the Bucs defense tremendously.
On the other hand, the Giants are currently holding the No. 2 overall pick in this years draft where they will likely take either Penn State running back Saquon Barkley or a quarterback such as Josh Rosen from UCLA or Sam Darnold from USC.
While this will be a much needed addition to a team who struggled immensely last year, they still need to add offensive lineman as it is one of the worst in the league. Acquiring these draft picks early on in the draft will give the Giants an opportunity to restock their offensive line while having the option to add young talent around and already very talented defense.