Waiting a year for something is not too impatient among us.
Many of the seeds sown last weekend by Dave Gettleman only begin to look out of the dirt before the NFL draft in 2022, when the Giants cleverly got extra choices in the first, third and fourth rounds. In a win-now season ahead, the general manager maximized future assets and it is drawn on a team-first executive.
Gettleman’s “slag average” – the term used by co-owner John Mara – will continue to rise for the 70-year-old to return in 2022, when the extra pull picks – equivalent to pure gold – are used or bundled and distributed. The fighters are 5-11 and 4-12 and 6-1
Still, Gettleman collaborated with the ownership, the judge, and the rest of the front office and decided not to make a No. 11 choice and then not make a No. 42 choice were the smart plays.
“To be honest with you, it’s fun to know we have all these opportunities to take players next year,” said Chris Pettit, director of college scouting.
Yes, next year. Are the Giants coming out of a 10-7 season? Or 11-6? Did they go to the playoffs or did they never get close? Gettleman, who created the bonanza in 2022, shows that his primary consideration is the franchise’s long-term health and not the short-term impact on his job security.
Not that the Giants are playing the long game here. They were more aggressive in free agency than anyone had expected them to throw money as if it were Bitcoin stock. They think the players they chose – wide receiver Kadarius Toney and outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari – after moving down the draft are NFL-ready guys. Gettleman is not in a self-preserving state, but there is an urgent course through the building to get the franchise where it needs to be.
“I felt we had a very good season for list building, ” Gettleman said.
Now as always it comes down to the quality of the players. It’s always about the players. Remaining “true to our board” or, better yet, “he was the highest rated player on our board” is all fine and crooked, a bunch of sound and rage that doesn’t matter. How efficient and intelligent a team is in assembling its board is what sets the pull kings apart from the pull sticks.
Based on presumed value, the Giants may have pulled the biggest caper in the entire draft and got Ojulari with the number 50 overall pick after trading back from No. 42. Are you spawning? A passrusher with a solid first round falls past the middle of the second round, the Giants get him, and with the trade down they also provide an extra 2022 third round via the Dolphins? Outrageously good.
But here’s the warning: What is Ojulari? 49 players were selected before he came off the board, so we have to slow down the role when he is the next big sack artist. Will the rheumatic condition of his knee in any way limit him? The fighters say no. Other teams say yes. Perhaps Ojulari is the next major Nigerian threat of quarterbacks for the Giants, following Osi Umenyiora, just like Ojulari a second round, selected 46th overall in 2003.
The immediate failure when Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith were away with No. 11 made room for the possibility that the first trade down to Gettleman in 55 draft picks could bring a move back, and also Toney, a player, as the front office and the coaching staff rated only a small notch below the two more heralded Alabama recipients. When the Giants are on the clock in a year from now with the Bears’ first round selection – can it be in the top 10? the true impact of this maneuver will be felt and appreciated.
Is Gettleman suddenly Trader Dave, a sign that the judge is now quietly and unofficially running the show? Of course not. The fighters do not pay general managers to serve as lackeys.
“From the day I came here, we all worked very well,” the judge said. “It has been very open on both sides of the building. It’s just a building. ”
Gettleman: “I think we have a great working group here. It’s not about me. It’s not about Joe. It’s about the New York Football Giants. ”
The general manager made bold moves at the moment and his plan is to be in the future to reap the benefits of his craft.