The NFL draft for 2019 just ended a couple of days ago and already there are a lot of heated talks about the New York Giants and their draft pick. Guessing by the severity of the situation, this isn’t going to blow over soon.
The Giants had the upper hand with their 6th pick draft to start with, but much to everybody’s surprise, the team drafted a presumable 2nd rounder Quarterback pick, Daniel Jones of Duke. Besides Jones, the Giants also added defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence from Clemson and cornerback Deandre Baker from Georgia to their team.
Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman expressed his thoughts regarding their picks by saying,
“We feel we got three guys who are going to impact this franchise for a long time,”
Although Gettleman showed a lot of enthusiasm and confidence with their controversial 6th draft pick, commentators and fans showed otherwise. They criticized Giant’s pick and showed displeasure by tweeting a lot of statistics from past draft picks, predictions, how the team’s going to fall apart, and just pure hate overall.
When Gettleman was asked by a reporter Jordan Ranaan about the decision, he had this to say,
“For me, it’s been a while, very frankly – I loved him on film – and then I went to the Senior Bowl – But I had gone to see Dwayne at Ohio State. I had seen Kyler and Will play each other”
“So, I had seen those three guys play. And to me it’s really important that you see quarterbacks play. Seeing them in the environment is very important – I had decided to stay for the Senior Bowl. And frankly, he walked out there and I saw a professional quarterback, after the three series that I watched. I saw a professional quarterback, so that’s when I was in full bloom love”
The controversy wasn’t exactly about ‘who’ the team drafted, but the ‘how’. Some people are pointing out that they could have drafted Jones on their 17th pick, while drafting someone more worthy of the 6th pick. Names such as Ed Oliver, Devin Bush, TJ Hawkins, Josh Allen, and even top-rated QB Dwayne Haskins popped out.
To be fair, it does make sense. Since Jones was predicted to getting picked on the 2nd round of drafting, or if not, he is likely to be drafted around twenty or thirty-ish pick and they could have still gotten him.
To Gettleman’s defense, he had this to say,
“I was not willing to risk it, – The kid is really talented, a really talented football player.”
Head coach Pat Shurmer expressed his support to the team’s decision by saying,
“You just can’t look at the raw numbers and say, ‘This guy can do it, he can’t do it,’ – There’s reasons why a ball is complete or incomplete. I really wouldn’t share with you why that is, but I thought he was very productive.”
Dave Gettleman already has been taking some heat ever since the unusual trade between Giants and the Cleveland Browns. The all-star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and linebacker Olivier Vernon was traded for Brown’s 17th pick, together with safety Jabrill Peppers and right guard Kevin Zeitler. By this move alone, fans already started to have a disdain for Gettleman.
In all honesty, who knows what could come off with their picks. It might be an ingenious move, or it might not. There were bad picks before that turned out alright, while there were good picks that wend downhill.
All things considered; the draft pick decision weighs heavy on the rookie himself. Now, Jones has to prove himself worthy of the quarterback position. Whether he likes it or not, he has to gain the respect of the millions of fans that thinks otherwise. Let us not forget, current Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning still has a few seasons left in him, and Jones most likely sit out games as a back-up.
When asked about the whole situation, Jones replied,
“Understanding that I’m going to be myself and not try to be Eli – and not try to be anyone but myself. Having confidence in who I am is going to be key to that process.”