Dave Gettleman has to hit a grand slam in this year’s draft
After failing to get the job done as the Carolina Panthers general manager, the New York Giants decided to bring back Dave Gettleman to become their general manager in 2018 after serving in an executive role prior to leaving the Big Apple. Unfortunately though, he hasn’t turned things around as quickly as people would like,
With the 2021 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com has posted his general manager power rankings and Gettleman is at number 22. Here’s what he wrote:
22) Dave Gettleman, Giants
Best pick: Dexter Lawrence | Round 1 (No. 17), 2019
Worst pick: Deandre Baker | Round 1 (No. 30), 2019
It’s early, but selecting tackle Andrew Thomas at No. 4 overall last year when three standout tackles were taken after him is a troubling sign. Meanwhile, the jury is still out on No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones. Less so for fellow 2019 first-round pick DeAndre Baker, whom the Giants traded up for but who’s no longer on the team. (New York’s other first-rounder from two years ago, Dexter Lawrence, is a nice contributor.) It’s not Saquon Barkley‘s fault he tore his ACL, but an offense built around him in 2018-19 had its limitations. Gettleman wants a team full of large humans who can run the ball and stop the run, an approach that’s out of step with the current NFL. There is a ticking clock on Gettleman’s plan coming together in time.
This ranks Gettleman second to last, right behind Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Only 23 teams are ranked, since several teams just hired new general managers recently.
Rosenthal has Chris Ballard of the Indianapolis Colts as the best GM in the NFL with Kevin Colbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jason Licht of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers right behind him.
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