The speculation of what the Giants intend to do with the No. 2 overall pick was not much clearer after a 30-minute press conference from GM Dave Gettleman on Thursday in East Rutherford.
Gettleman said he does not know whom he will take in next week’s draft, and will reconvene with the scouts on Sunday night for their final preparations.
The Giants GM did, however, drop some interesting nuggets, such as the fact he has no intention of trading a future pick to move up in the draft, as well as offer some insight into his draft strategy and what he has learned through the process and of the prospects thus far.
Here are some of the key takeaways from his press conference:
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He will not take a QB for the sake of it
Gettleman has been adamant about avoiding “quarterback hell” before and reiterated just how much caution he is using when it comes to evaluating the quarterbacks in this year’s draft.
“It’s a five-year mistake,” he said. “Yeah, it’s a big decision, but as long as you’ve done your homework and turned all the rocks over, you will come to the right answer.”
He likened this year’s quarterback class to being in Ben & Jerry’s trying to choose a different flavor because they all bring something different to the table, but said it ultimately comes down to who can make plays in the pocket and makes others better.
“That’s what you’re looking for,” said Gettleman. “The bottom line is all of these guys are interesting, they’re unique, there is depth there for sure and it’s a heck of a group.”
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Gettleman was asked if he could say anything for sure on Odell Beckham, but gave the same company line.
“I’m not going to say,” he said. “He’s on our team, he’s a valued member of our football team.”
Has had offers to trade down, will NOT trade future picks to move up, though
Gettleman left the door open when it came to trading out of the No. 2 draft pick, something many believe he will not do because he never traded down during his time as Carolina GM.
The Giants GM said it was because he never received a meaningful offer to move back, but added he has received calls from other teams regarding the pick and would do so if he believes he can get something in return that can help them build depth.
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“Do you want an ‘A’ and four ‘Cs’? or ‘A-’ a couple ‘B+s’ and some ‘Bs?’ Winning requires depth,” he said. “There’s obviously different ways of looking at it, but if you get a chance to accumulate quality and put in a position to get picks and solid players there is nothing wrong with that.”
Perhaps the only thing Gettleman did not leave open to interpretation is that he “has no intention” of trading any future draft picks in a possible move up in the draft.
He really likes Saquon Barkley
Gettleman was gushing over the Penn State running back a bit, saying that even his mother could figure out just how good Barkley is and can be in the NFL.
“He’s a tremendous talent. Not going to lie,” he said. “When you put film on to watch a defensive guy playing against Penn State, you end up watching Saquon.”
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Believes there is still lots of value in a running back
Gettleman succinctly summed up his feelings on going quarterback-or-bust by calling that philosophy “hogwash.”
Instead, the GM believes there is still plenty of value to be had by drafting a running back high in the draft.
“I think the devaluing of a running back is really a myth,” he said. “You have a great running back, it makes your quarterback better, your offensive line better and your passing game better. That’s just the way it is. So, I don’t believe in it.”
Would not rule out taking lineman with No. 2 pick
Not only would Gettleman take a running back with the second overall pick, he also would not rule out taking an offensive lineman either, such as Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson.
“Is it ever too early to take a great player?” Gettleman asked. “You know my philosophy: Big men allow you to compete. I’m going to build this team from the inside out….So, everyone else wants to talk about skill guys and I want to talk about hog mollies.”
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