New York Giants co-owner John Mara says the team will “definitely” select a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft, while head coach Pat Shurmur believes the time has come to find Eli Manning’s heir.
Once upon a time, general manager Dave Gettleman seemed to share those sentiments, but while appearing on Good Morning Football on Wednesday, his tune seemed to change a bit.
Gettleman wouldn’t dismiss the idea of selecting a quarterback in Round 1, but channeled his inner Jerry Reese by repeating a mantra Giants fans are no longer interested in hearing: “We’re going to draft the best player available.”
“My theory on free agency is: If you do it right, it puts you in position where you can take the best player available in the draft,” Gettleman said. “You’re not in a situation where I have to have a (certain position) and then fill in the blank.
“You don’t want to be there. So I think we’ve done that, and you’re still nibbling around the edges … seeing who is still available.”
This will only add fuel to the “Gettleman has no plan” fire, which he actually finds comical in his own way. In fact, he and his wife openly joke about it.
“I have my beliefs on how we’re going to build a roster and that’s what we’re doing,” Gettleman said. “I laugh at ‘I have no plan.’ My wife every once in a while texts me, ‘You working on your plan yet?’ It’s pretty funny stuff. But, like I said, at the end of the day we have plenty of time.”
One of Gettleman’s core beliefs is that quarterback Eli Manning still has plenty left in the tank and played well in 2018 contrary to what he calls a “horse narrative.”
“Eli is still a quality NFL quarterback,” Gettleman said. ” It wears me out, it really does. Obviously he’s 38 years old. … Anyhow, the bottom line is yes have to address it. It’s reality. So when the time is right we will.”
If Gettleman’s comments hold any water — and we’ve learned recently that there’s always more than a little wiggle room — then expect the Giants to draft an elite edge rusher and an offensive tackle with their first two picks. After that, it’s anyone’s guess.