The biggest knock on Dave Gettleman’s first draft as general manager of the New York Giants was that he bypassed on a possible franchise quarterback with the second overall pick in favor of Penn State RB Saquon Barkley. It doesn’t matter that Barkley was rated the top player in the draft by just about every mocker and scout in the land, the value at No. 2 usually never goes to a running back in today’s NFL. You are supposed to do one of four things: take a QB, a offensive tackle, a pass rusher or trade out.
Gettleman couldn’t pass on Barkley, though.Obviously the 67 year-old football lifer wants to win now, and he thinks he can with Eli Manning at QB even though Manning’s performance has been below par the past few seasons.
What critics are forgetting is that Gettleman DID take a QB in this draft. In Round Four, he selected Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta, a player that many teams – including Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots – had interest in but were waiting for the right time to pull the trigger. Gettleman just beat them all to it.