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Fact or Fiction: Looking back at Manning-Rivers trade

Manning-Rivers was the biggest draft-day trade in 20 years.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - **Wow, this is a tough one. I will go with FACT since it established two franchise quarterbacks that have led their teams for more than a decade.

Any trade that would compete with this is likely another trade involving a quarterback, so perhaps Robert Griffin III if he can right his career? But right now, nothing else comes close.

The only non-quarterback move off the top of my head that might get in the neighborhood is Dallas moving up only three spots (they swapped a third rounder for New England's fourth rounder) to get Dez Bryant, a franchise WR. The Jets trading up for Revis was a big move, too. But for now, both those fall WAY short.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -Let's see. So 20 years bring us back to the 1995 NFL Draft. In between then and now, I don't think there has been a more beneficial trade for two franchises. The Giants obviously got a two-time Super Bowl MVP, while the Chargers received a five-time Pro Bowler. But when you're talking about the biggest, I don't think it gets any more substantial than when you trade every draft pick you own that year -- plus first- and third-round choices the following year -- for one player, which is exactly what the Saints did in 1999 for running back Ricky Williams.

Photos from Eli Manning's draft day

The Giants will draft at least one starter on offense.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -I am really on the fence here. The only real open spot on the offensive side of the ball is potentially on the offensive line, and that's no sure thing depending on who gets drafted. But I will go out on a limb and go "fact" even though it might be less than a 50/50 proposition.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -If you look at the offseason additions, as well as the players coming back from injuries, there aren't many spots, let alone for rookies. While there are a ton of variables to play out, I'll say if it happens, it's more likely on defense.

The schedule release is the most exciting part of the offseason.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -Umm… the NFL Draft? I talk about the schedule release for about one show on Big Blue Kickoff. The draft carries conversation for four months. It's much more exciting for people that travel with the team because we are all hoping we won't go to Minnesota and Buffalo in December.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -It speaks to the popularity of the sport when multiple hour-long shows in primetime can be dedicated to the release of a schedule when the opponents have already been set for years and months. But even so, it's got nothing on the draft, which is talked about for days, weeks, months and years in both its buildup and fallout.

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A defensive player is easier to project to the next level than an offensive player.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -I'm sure there are advanced stats and analytics on this, but I imagine that the presence of a position like QB where there are often so many misses skews the numbers to the defensive side of the ball. The game changes more for offensive players than defensive players with the jump from college to the pros, so it would be my guess that defenders would have more success.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -Scouts could better answer this one, but I'm going with fact. Defense more or less boils down to "see ball, get ball." Instinct and athleticism can take you further on that side of the line of scrimmage, whereas offensive players have more factors in translating to the pro game.

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