Did the 2018 NFL Draft turn out to be a selfish one for New York Giants’ GM David Gettleman?
Finally, after months of speculation and mock drafts, we finally know who the New York Giants landed with the no. 2 overall pick. And as most fans and experts predicted, Big Blue selected Penn State standout, Saquon Barkley.
Was this the right pick? If you look at the actual facts, we may not be able to tell if they made the correct choice, however, Gettleman and the Giants are definitely telling us something.
Right off the bat, Saquon Barkley is projected to get a whopping $31 Million, which is top 5 running back money, which is hefty for someone who has never played an NFL snap. Spending the pick on Barkley means you aren’t trading OBJ anytime soon and he will project to get at least $18 million per-year.
Gettleman will presumably allocate well over $40 million to Nate Solder, Odell Beckham and Saquon Barkley, which is close to 25% of the salary cap on just three players. Not to mention the $21 million that aging quarterback Eli Manning earns.
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But maybe the Giant’s can compete for Superbowl?
The Eagles, Cowboys, Saints, Falcons, Panthers, Packers, Vikings and the Rams are all significantly better suited for a deep playoff run for not only the upcoming season, but the future as well. The Lions and Seahawks have younger and more talented QB’s, and the 49er’s and Bears have young talented signal callers who may take them to the next level. This is the toughest a conference is projected to be from top to bottom in years.
The Giants are not a great running back away from being a contender. Eli Manning will be in Canton one day but he has not been good as of late, let alone great in recent history. They have an aging defense with a revamped yet unproven offensive-line.
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Will Hernendez is a first round talent that fell to the second round, Lorenzo Carter fell in their laps in the third — props to the new GM for making the smart and obvious choice, however, drafting them was the obvious choice with or without Barkley.
Who should the Giants have drafted at 2?
Sam Darnold is the often mentioned name that has surfaced the last three months. He is only 20 years old! Darnold could be the starting QB for the next 15 years and still be younger than Eli is today! He has the highest floor and quite possibly the highest ceiling.
Say, both Gettleman and new head coach Pat Schurmur didn’t truly value any of these QB’s as a future franchise quarterback, then simply trade down. Accumulate current and future assets. This was a very deep running back draft and they could’ve gotten good value in the later rounds.
Dave Gettleman, 67, is no spring chicken and he wants to see Big Blue raise that banner again. However, the likelihood of them achieving that goal with this roster is low. He didn’t even field any potential offers. That, to me, is both selfish and arrogant.
Barkley drawing 7 up front, leaving Odell one on one vs. some poor CB who has the improbable task of guarding him alone, will be extremely exciting to watch. Catching the ball out of the flat and making players miss – it’ll be a ton of fun to experience, but will that be enough to surpass Dallas or Philly?
Only time will tell.