New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has said to never make personnel moves based on emotion. Also, never draft out of need.
His Giants, however, happen to need a lot at the moment, so his top pick (No. 6 overall) in the upcoming NFL Draft will appear to be a ‘need’ pick.
The current wave on social media, talk radio and television are steering the Giants and their fans towards selecting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Why? Because they need a franchise quarterback to succeed Eli Manning. Do they need to answer that question right at this moment? No, and taking Haskins with the sixth pick does not solve the issue right now and may never solve it.
Selecting Haskins, who had a lukewarm performance this past weekend at the NFL Combine, would mean bypassing a glut of elite defensive players that could transform the Giants defense right away and for years to come.
I believe the Arizona Cardinals will select quarterback Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma, with the first overall pick. Then, the next four picks will likely be all defensive linemen or edge rushers: Nick Bosa of Ohio State, Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Josh Allen of Kentucky and Michigan’s Rashan Gary.
If any of the five players listed above fall to No. 6, I take them. And that includes Murray, or at the very least trading the pick to a team that wants him for a package of picks.
Here’s three more players I would select without hesitation ahead of Haskins at No. 6.
Do you remember Patrick Willis? He was great, wasn’t he? Well, that’s what you’ll be getting if you draft this monster of a talent. He can make plays from sideline to sideline and is excellent in pass coverage. White can also rush the passer and gets into backfield so quickly, it’s like he has a copy of your playbook.
He is fast (he ran a 4.42 40 at the Combine) and he can hit, too. There’s no holes in this young man’s game. You might be getting the new Luke Kuechly or the next Bobby Wagner with this kid. He’s perfect for the Giants, or any team for that matter.