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With Dave Gettleman In Charge…Expect The Unexpected

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By Timothy Cotugno – Big Blue United 3.12.18

It’s early March, the combine is in the books and Dave Gettleman is about to embark on his first free agency period and draft as the General Manager of the New York Football Giants. If early indications hold true, Giants fans should be in for one heck of a ride full of things none of have seen for as long as we can remember.

There have been a few certainties in life for Giants fans since Jerry Reese took over as GM in 2007:

  • Death
  • Taxes
  • Jerry Reese will ignore the LB position
  • Jerry Reese is allergic to trades and will generally hold onto his draft picks

So what does Dave Gettleman do right before free agency starts? Trade 2 draft picks for LB Alec Ogletree and a future 7th round pick. Wait….what? It’s just the kind of shrewd move that signals there is a new sheriff in town.

The Giants are remarkably thin at LB and new Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher will be bringing some 3-4 principles he used in Arizona. If you’re running a 3-4, you need linebackers. The Giants needed a player like Ogletree to begin the transition to 3-4. To be able to get him at a relatively low cost of a 4th round comp pick and 6th round pick, along with a cap friendly remaining 2 years on his contract, it was a move that’s tough to argue with.

Looking back at Reese’s draft history, there are a lot of things that we have come to expect.

  1. His first round picks were generally need picks, despite always saying said player was at the top of his board. The only time you can truly make a case that a pick was BPA was Prince Amukamara.
  1. He placed a premium on certain positions: WR, CB, DE, DT. You could almost guarantee one of those positions would be drafted in the first 2 rounds. Since Reese was named GM, at least one of those four positions were drafted in the first 2 rounds every year but one (2015).
  1. He never traded down. He traded up to get Landon Collins early in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft but rarely did Reese move in the draft. To this day I firmly believe the only reason that trade went down was because he had an entire night and morning between the 1st and 2nd round to work on the deal. Collins may never have been a Giant if the old NFL draft format was still in place (Which I miss by the way).

Going into the 2018 NFL draft, predictability and the Giants no longer go hand in hand. You can make a case that they are arguably the biggest wild card in the draft. Do they draft Eli’s successor? Do they draft the all world RB and give Eli another weapon to try to make a run? Do they trade down with a QB desperate team that’s enamored with one of the seemingly infinite amount of QB prospects in this draft and accumulate a King’s ransom of draft picks to begin the rebuild of the entire roster? So many questions at this point and with Gettleman’s new regime in place, so very few answers.

It’s possible things will become clearer as Gettleman begins to reshape the roster in free agency. They’re rumored to be the front runner in signing All Pro G Andrew Norwell from Carolina whom Gettleman signed as an UDFA out of Ohio State in 2014. An active free agency could signal a desire to try to make one more run with Eli. Time will tell.

All in all, despite coming off arguably the worst Giants season any of us can remember, these are exciting times for Giants fans. New front office, new head coach, 2nd pick in the draft, and a seemingly endless list of possibilities going into the new NFL calendar year. Now is the time to buckle up, get ready for the unexpected, and enjoy the ride!

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