Yes, the New York Giants could have drafted Sam Darnold. The Giants also could have signed Teddy Bridgewater and still drafted Saquon Barkley.
The New York Giants could have had quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Remember that whenever anybody tries to convince you that general manager Dave Gettleman, head coach Pat Shumur and others made a massive mistake by drafting running back Saquon Barkley over Sam Darnold or by not trading down in the draft to get one of the other signal-callers taken in the first round.
The Giants could have had Bridgewater for nothing; well, nothing other than the contract that the New York Jets gave him, one that guaranteed him only $500,000, as explained by Darryl Slater of NJ.com.
Big Blue didn’t need to orchestrate a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, Jets, New Orleans Saints or anybody else. Following the knee injury that could have cost him his career (and still could), Bridgewater was just sitting there for any team to sign in the final days of the winter months.