The New York Giants have a league-leading 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, but beyond just their abundance of wealth, general manager Dave Gettleman believes this draft is deeper than any he’s previously overseen.
“Frankly, we have pretty much set the board. We are tweaking it a little bit here and a little bit there. The scouts went home. I sent them home for the holiday. It gives me a chance to do some work on my own, some additional work,” Gettleman told reporters on Thursday. “The board is really basically set. I am looking at it and we have more players rated as first, second, third or fourth-round values that I have had in any draft. This is my eighth draft as a GM. In terms of the volume of players on the board, this is the thickest.”
Specifically, Gettleman feels there are positional groups that sport talent from the top to bottom of the draft, so it would be a safe to assume the Giants take a stab at one or more of those groups.
“The wides (wide receivers) are real thick. The offensive tackles are thick. The secondary is thick. Corners and safeties,” Gettleman said. “When I say thick, I am talking about up and down the draft. Rounds 1 through 7.”
With those 12 picks in tow, the Giants will have quite a bit of wiggle room and one possible course of action will be trading up in the middle rounds where there’s a bit of a gap between selection No. 37 and No. 95.
“Yes, it is . It won’t be fun,” Gettleman said. “Look at my history. I have traded up a bunch of times in Carolina. Last year, we had to sit. We only had the five picks. I was not going to take picks from this year’s draft to move up in last year’s draft. We are going to do what we need to. If the situation calls for it and there is guy there that we feel can really help us but he is a few picks in front and we are not confident or comfortable that he will fall to us, if we feel the need, we will make the move. I am not afraid to do that.”
Gettleman wouldn’t rule out using picks from the 2020 NFL Draft as a means to move up, but it’s unlikely the team will make all 12 picks here in 2019, so it’s safe to assume next year’s draft capital remains intact.
“If we get 12 starters in this draft, I would have one hell of a time on Cape Cod. All kidding aside, having 12 picks is crazy. One of the things I have talked about is that you don’t want to draft a player that you are going to cut,” Gettleman said. “Every guy you draft, there is a reason you are drafting him and a reason that he should make your club. First, second, third round draft picks at the very least, you are looking for a big rotational player.
“Everyone talks about the way the league is going down, 65-70 percent of the time you have your defensive sub package in. You can easily make the argument that your nickel is your starter. You can make that argument. Your third wide is your starter. That is what you are looking at. Guys that walk on the field and help you win now. Anything after that is a huge bonus. Earlier, David Diehl was a fifth round draft pick and a 10, 11-year starter. That is what you are looking for.”
The Giants will most certainly be digging deep next week, but don’t anticipate 12 new players. Rather, expect Gettleman and the Giants to trade up, particularly in that No. 37 to No. 95 range, and to gather as much talent as they possibly can over the first four rounds.