This is the first time that New York Giants coach Brian Daboll has been involved in a trade on draft day with the Los Angeles Rams that resulted in the acquisition of his team’s wide receiver Jalin Hyatt.
The Giants traded their third-round pick (No 89 overall) and fourth-rounder (No 128) to the Rams to climb to No 73 by and large in the third round for the expedient Hyatt, the ruling Biletnikoff Award winner given to the country’s best receiver.
On a busy second day of the NFL draft, Daboll and Rams coach Sean McVay exchanged phone messages, which sparked the move.
“[Daboll] actually executed his first trade,” Giants general manager Joe Schoen said with an accompanying laugh after the selection. “He initiated a trade with the Rams, so I congratulate him on that.”
The majority of coaches rarely initiate trade conversations during the draft. During the first round of the draft, Schoen claimed that he was the only one talking to other teams. Typically, a trade call is made by someone from the front office or personnel department.
This time, no.
Daboll, who collaborates closely with Schoen, was the one to inquire about moving up to acquire Hyatt, who ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranked as the No. 44 draft prospect and is widely anticipated to be selected in the second round.
“It was great … I just texted, ‘Would you be interested in this and this?'” Daboll said.
That’s all there was to it for Daboll, who opened the lines of correspondence as the Monsters hopped 16 spots in the third round. The Giants consider Hyatt to be an excellent value at No. 73.
“It was a good player that we like that was kind of sticking out on our board,” Schoen said. “So at a position that we thought he could help us at receiver, he’s 4.3 [seconds in the 40-yard dash] and change, you can feel his speed on film. It’s legit.
“Just a player that we liked and spent some time with, and we thought the value was good for what we had to give up to go get him.”