General manager Dave Gettleman changed the way scouting works for the Giants. Who will it lead to with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft?
The Giants only have three players remaining from their 2008-15 draft classes: Wide receiver Odell Beckham, right tackle Ereck Flowers (on the trade block) and safety Landon Collins. Jason Pierre-Paul is the only first-round pick since 2002 to spend more than five years with the Giants.
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“What I’ve tried to get everyone to understand is you have to grade the critical factors,” Gettleman said. “You have to grade instincts, competitiveness, strength, explosion, athletic ability, and you’ve got to grade their play. I don’t care what a guy runs on the watch in his underwear. It’s how fast can he play on the field, how does he carry his pads.”
The Giants have seven legitimate options with the No. 2 pick: Trading down or drafting running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end Bradley Chubb, offensive guard Quenton Nelson, or quarterbacks Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold.
Gettleman encouraged the Giants’ scouts to dig in deep on the details and worry less about position specifics because of the changes to the way college football is played and coached nowadays. In the end, he wanted their feedback.
“I told them the first time we all sat down,” Gettleman said, “‘Listen, you’re getting paid for your opinion. You leave this room wishing you had said something but didn’t, shame on you because you’re not doing your job. You’re thinking about it.'”
Watch the video above to as Giants beat reporter Ryan Dunleavy fights through the smokescreens and mixed messages to determine who the Giants will pick in the first round.