Dave Gettleman will certainly consider a receiver at 11
With the New York Giants still having quite a few needs to take care of heading into this week’s NFL Draft, it would be easy for them to avoid going with the best player available. But general manager Dave Gettleman made it clear this week that they’re looking for the best player.
“You’re always looking to upgrade every position, doesn’t make a difference. Whether it’s wide receiver, tackle, whatever. You’re always looking to upgrade,” Gettleman said. “You can never have too many good players at one position.”
Gettleman said that as a GM he can’t be scared to draft a player at a position that they already have solidified.
“You can’t be afraid,” Gettleman said during the Giants’ 2021 Town Hall. “If you draft over a player you draft over a player. You can’t have too many good players at any position. You can’t. And you can’t pass up a really good player even if you believe you have a solid player [already on the roster].
“When you have an opportunity to draft and you have an opportunity to draft over him, you’ve created competition. And either way, whoever wins the job, you’ve created quality depth. And at the end of the day, everybody understands that the entire roster is going to play. Before the season is over, the 53-man roster and most of the practice squad are going to end up playing.”
Gettleman is right. Which is why it will be interesting to see who he takes with the 11th overall pick. If Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are available and he passes on them for someone like Kwity Paye then everything he said above is a lie because they’re both better prospects then Paye.
One thing is certain though, and that is when looking at Gettleman’s comments he is certainly willing to take a receiver at 11 in this year’s draft.
Gettleman also made it clear that he’s fine with only having six picks in the upcoming draft.
“I’m very comfortable with the six picks,” Gettleman told reporters this past week. “We don’t have the fifth-rounder, we got this guy Leo Williams instead and the seventh-rounder was like Ike Yiadom, who’s on our roster and we got him, so that’s where they went. We moved [Cardinals LB] Markus Golden to get an extra sixth.
“I’m fine with the number of picks we have in this draft. Going in, you don’t know what’s going to happen, so I’m fine with the six and it’s okay with me. And, again, [any potential trade] depends upon the deal. It depends upon the deal.”
If Gettleman wants to get an edge rusher in the first round, he would be better off trading down and getting more picks because it looks like taking an edge rusher at 11 would be a reach right now.
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