I have to admit Newton makes a compelling argument. The Giants first two picks that year (29, 60) were eerily close to the Panthers current picks at #28 and #60. It was also a draft top heavy with WRs just as this year's class. The Giants resisted the urge to trade up and get Jeremy Maclin and instead saw Hakeem Nicks fall to them. I'd say that worked out well.
Why Panthers won't trade up in first round - Carolina Panthers Blog - ESPN
"It’s almost like I’ve told you guys: When you’re in free agency, the biggest danger is when you think you’re one player away, and it’s that guy," Gettleman said. "If it’s unrestricted free agency, maybe you screw your cap up. It’s going to get you in trouble. Thinking that you’re one player away is as bad as reaching for a guy [in the draft]. "It really is, because you’re more than one player away. ... That one player that you get, what happens if he gets hurt and you’ve traded away three draft picks? It’s nothing different. It’s about value. Is it possible [the Panthers trade up]? Anything’s possible." But it's not likely.
So the Giants resisted the urge to trade up and were rewarded with Nicks, keeping their 2nd rounder so they could draft their future LT. Now wouldn't that be our preferred outcome in the 1st two rounds? A starting WR and a starting LT. Gettleman has helped do it once so he can do it again, just like 2009.