Tell about Dave Gettleman: The man holds an entertaining press conference in front of the NFL Draft.
General managers almost always make them boring, unfamiliar things – and in the paranoid world of professional football, that's the intention. Not gettleman. The Giants GM was part NFL historian, part wise cracking comedian and part Grampa Simpson during his 30-minute session with reporters.
He told old stories about his parents. He put on a dummy bill and ordered the sports journalists in the room. He did not quite wave his fist and scream in the clouds, but he made it clear he did not like the modern college game.
Oh, and he seemed pleased to know that, in general, no one really knows what he's thinking.
"I like it, I love it!" he said. "Are you kidding me?"
Gettleman said about 4,000 words, some of which were quite enlightening. But there is one who got stuck with me more than anyone else on Thursday, and if you're a fan of Giants, who has a realistic view of the team's future in the main position on the field, it'll scare you.
He was asked if he felt compelled to accept a # 2 quarterback in the overall selection, as the Giants will not have such a near-end selection in the near future. He certainly would not answer "yes" or even "maybe," so he did not marvel at the idea.
But there was something hogwash . This word seemed more likely to indicate his intent next Thursday than other word choices. If you were inclined to believe the whisper that Gettleman is for Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, then the babbler fits in nicely with that narrative. *
* Look: I acknowledge in advance that this could be crazy. The whole preliminary design is crazy. If Gettleman made a strange face when answering a question, one could interpret it as an indication of his intentions, but it is quite possible that he only had gas. Who the hell knows? The design can not come soon enough.
Gettleman is pretty clear, both in his words and in his last GM gig, in one thing: he's not afraid to use a high-first pick on a running back, despite plenty of evidence around The NFL offers cheaper options that are just as effective each year, much later than that.
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"I think the devaluation of the back round in the NFL is really a myth," said Gettleman. "If you go back great, it'll make your quarterback better, your offensive line better, and your passing game better, that's just it, I do not believe it."
Once again, if that's all Take this is a sophisticated smoke screen to convince the Cleveland Browns to take Barkley to No. 1 overall, it's a really, really good one.
I'm firmly rooted in the take-a-quarterback camp, and if you've missed my 17 previous columns on this topic (did I mention that the draft can not come soon enough?), The reasons are abundant.
You will not be able to regain this high level soon. Eli Manning is 37 and has not been a top-level passer for years. A young quarterback gives more flexibility to a team below the salary cap. You have no idea if Davis Webb is the real deal. This quarterback draft course is deep and talented.
Always on and on. Gettleman – when we read things again – was not overflowing in the quarterback class. He stopped the comparisons with the much acclaimed class of 1983, not that anyone really goes that far with a group that should produce at least four First Rounders.
"It's funny, it's really a nice group that you should rate are all different players," he said. "With the second selection, I'm sitting at Ben and Jerry & # 39; s and I have many flavors to watch and they're all different."
Gettleman said the absence on the # 2 overall selection would be a "five-year mistake", but if he passes on an elite quarterback and the jets take him over with the next pick, those five years might be more like 15 be. If the Cleveland Browns Wyomings first choose Josh Allen first, many NFL insiders expect it would be wrong for Gettleman not to overtake Sam Darnold of USC.
When the Browns take Darnold? It is more difficult. But I would still take UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, whom Gettleman praised on Thursday, when he rejected the ridiculous idea that he "did not love football." I would trust my spies to find a capable running back in later rounds.
Barkely will be a great player, but the idea that the Giants can put a run back in their lineup and fight for the Super Bowl is silly. They are years away, and the reason is that Gettleman's predecessor Jerry Reese has failed powerfully in recent years when he was the man to make the selection.
"As the GM, I go a tight rope," said Gettleman. "I have to look at the short term, and I have to look in the long run, I have to take that into account and make that decision."
No election is more important in both than the quarterback. The Giants need to find the successor to Manning and they will never have a better chance of doing so on the 26th of April if they are second on the clock.
Think differently? Hogwash, in fact.
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