New York Giants: Peter King torches Dave Gettleman’s draft approach

Alexander Wilson
New York Giants, Dave Gettleman
Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that New York Giants‘ GM Dave Gettleman is a firm believer in taking the highest-rated player in any given NFL Draft. I anticipate that 2020 will be no different, but his approach should change given the opportunity he has to accumulate draft capital.

The New York Giants need to make the right decision:

Gettleman has never traded back in all of his years as a general manager, but the upcoming draft presents the best opportunity to do so, as the Giants have the 4th overall selection and the two teams directly behind them are in need of a quarterback.

With Tua Tagovailoa healing nicely and expected to make a full recovery, the Miami Dolphins and Chargers could be in the market for his services. If both Washington and Detroit stay put, it would put Gettleman in a position of great leverage, but knowing his history, we can’t guarantee he makes the logical decision.

In his latest “Football Morning in America” column, Peter King expresses his disdain over Gettleman’s inefficiency in the draft:

A GM who has made 45 picks has never traded down to accumulate more picks from any of the 45. That is borderline negligent. Maybe not even borderline. I am incredulous about that. As I documented last week, GM John Schneider of the Seahawks used last year’s 21st overall pick and traded down six times to accumulate six picks, one of whom was wide receiver DK Metcalf, who, as it turned out, produced better value than a 21st pick in most drafts as a rookie. And four other players from the trade played for the Seahawks last season. Trying to not make too much of that, but wow. Just wow.

Gettleman now has his third consecutive opportunity to select a player in the top 10 of the draft, and after snagging Saquon Barkley at No. 2 and Daniel Jones at No. 6, he cannot sit idly by and pass over the chance to accumulate a huge injection of assets. Make the right choice, Dave!