Giants have tough decision to make with 11th pick
The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled to kick off in just under two weeks and New York Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman could be in the final year of his time in the Big Apple if he doesn’t land some major talent within the first two days.
ESPN’s Louis Riddick was a guest the “Giants Huddle” podcast and talked about how Gettleman might be thinking heading into this year’s draft.
“I think the clock has kind of been sped up on this regime and Dave in particular and so I think he knows he needs a guy who’s going to come in and have an impact,’’ Riddick said. “I think you will see that kind of affect his decision-making here, whereas at the beginning of his tenure he would have looked at it a little bit more organically and say ‘I’m just gonna take the best player.’ ’’
Riddick stated the obvious that Gettleman and the Giants have to hit a home run with the 11th overall pick.
“It makes it intriguing for the Giants,’’ Riddick said. “I can’t stress this enough, you have to factor in the human element of this, if you’re a general manager in Dave’s position and you haven’t had the kind of success that you want to have and you have pushed all your eggs in the Daniel Jones basket.
“Look, this is a performance business, everybody gets that and so Dave knows that pick at 11 has to produce and has to get a return on investment now.’’
The Giants loaded up with offensive weapons in free agency by adding Kenny Golladay, John Ross and Kyle Rudolph. Hopefully their young offensive line will be good enough to protect quarterback Daniel Jones who’s also heading into a pivotal year as well.
“I know they’ve invested a lot, both in terms of free-agent money at the offensive line position over Dave’s tenure and in the draft, but the fact of the matter is it hasn’t been good enough yet, and in particular it hasn’t been good enough at left tackle,’’ Riddick said. “I know Andrew [Thomas] needs more time and he’s gonna be in his second year and needs to take a big jump, as far as what his development looks like.
“But before Daniel Jones can do anything, he has to be protected in the pocket. If he’s always running for his life, and then subsequently he’s not taking care of the football and turning the ball over and not winning games, then that coaching staff is not going to be there anyway to even see whether or not he can be good enough in the future, because they’re gonna be gone.’’
The Giants might have a tough decision to make at 11 when it comes to taking a receiver like Devonta Smith or an offensive lineman like Rashawn Slater.
“Is an offensive tackle more important than a playmaking wide receiver?’’ Riddick said. “This is what you get paid for. These are the kind of mental gymnastics you go through as a team-builder and that’s what Dave is possibly going to be faced with in two weeks.’’
It would be nice if the Giants can get an impact receiver, edge rusher and offensive lineman in the draft, but that might be asking for too much. They may only be able to get two of the three.
My guess is that Gettleman will take a receiver and edge rusher over a lineman because I think he’s confident in the guys he has up front.
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