When the Giants chose running back Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, general manager Dave Gettleman insisted that he held the player chosen that high to a “Gold Jacket standard,” meaning that he would need to be able to envision any player taken with the second-choice as a future Hall of Famer.
Ahead of Thursday night’s draft, Gettleman has a similar philosophy when evaluating the potential players the Giants could potentially choose fourth overall.
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“Not only do you have to ask yourself if you picture this guy in a Gold Jacket,” Gettleman said Monday during the Giants’ official NFL Draft preview show. “You also have to ask your question ‘is this guy I’m thinking of taking at four worthy of being the fourth-pick of any draft?’”
It is difficult to hold any player to such a standard, given that the caliber of players overall and at a given position will vary from draft class to draft class.
Gettleman’s perceived value of the caliber of player available with a top-five pick has strongly played into the fact that not only has he never traded back in the first three rounds of the draft, but also influenced the Giants not entertaining trade offers for the No. 2 pick two years ago.
The perception among current NFL executives is that the Giants are “desperate to trade back” from the No. 4 pick, but there is minimal interest league-wide to actually trade up.
Might Gettleman be able to strike a deal?
“We are truly open [to trade],” Gettleman said. “But, I haven’t traded back, because I have seen teams trade their way out of really good players.”
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