“Trader Dave” has made draft exciting for Giants

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There’s an old saying that posits there’s no one more zealous than a convert and it might apply to Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman’s views about trading down in the NFL Draft.

Gettleman had never done it while running eight drafts for the Panthers and Giants, but he traded down in the first round Thursday night and then did it again in the second round. He traded up in the third round, so every pick the Giants have made thus far has come after a deal in one direction or another.

Gettleman said before the draft that he’d tried to make deals in the past, but they never came together. Now that they have come together, director of college scouting Chris Pettit said that it’s made for an enjoyable draft room.

“You could say that there’s been a little ribbing,” Pettit said in a press conference. “Trader Dave has brought some excitement to the room, so it’s been fun. Trader Dave is hearing it from a lot of people throughout the league, so it’s been fun. There’s been a little ribbing. Like I said, it’s not like we haven’t tried. Dave said it; I’ll say it. It worked out. It’s exciting. It gave a little juice. It’s been different. The room is different without all our people in it. We were limited to only ten people but there was enough ribbing with the ten people to keep it exciting.”

The wheeling and dealing has left the Giants with wide receiver Kadarius Toney, edge rusher Azeez Ojulari, cornerback Aaron Robinson, three picks on Saturday, the Bears’ 2022 first-round pick, and a 2022 third-rounder from the Dolphins.

14 responses to ““Trader Dave” has made draft exciting for Giants

  1. Spin doctors at work. Translation to this story is that the Dallas/Philly tandem ambushed Gettleman and stole the wide receiver the Giants thought they had in the bag. They helped each other and hurt their arch-rival as a sweetener. Giants got out thought and out strategized again and had another Eli Apple situation on their hands. Time will tell if they have another Eli Apple result or if they lucked out. I just hope DaVonte does not turn out to be a ten year nightmare for the Giants the way DeSean was. Same type of player.

  2. I agree with the 3rd round pcik. They needed a CB. How thay should have stand pat in the 1st and 2nd rounds. Gettleman is making the same mistake that Reese ……………ingoring the OL. They could have taking the Slater and Eighenburg to start rebuilding the OL which was horrible last year. Getlleman refuzes to admin he made a mistake by drafting Thoams. They would with same amount of picks as they stated with trade they made for Robinson.

  3. “ Spin doctors at work. Translation to this story is that the Dallas/Philly tandem ambushed Gettleman and stole the wide receiver the Giants thought they had in the bag”

    Actually, no. The Giants were targeting Waddle. They had conversations with the Bears before the draft and were on the phone with them the moment Waddle was picked. It’s been disclosed that they were on the phone with CHI during the 7th pick. Think about it. Toney is a very similar player to Waddle without as much route running savvy. Swiss Army knife type of guy dangerous with the ball in his hands with return ability. Every body just wants to slam Getty even when he doesn’t deserve it.

  4. Not a Giants fan, but Gettelman has had a very good draft so far. Those 22 picks will become very valuable, plus he’s drafted some good prospects for this season.

  5. This franchise loves to pat itself on the back for no reason. Gettleman traded for then paid Leonard Williams. Let that sink in.

  6. If Barkley is still having to juke guys 2 yards in the backfield and Jones has no time to go through his progressions, it doesn’t matter which WR you sign and draft. I don’t get why teams invest in “weapons” when they have garbage lines.

  7. I like their trades and players they picked up, however I too am worried about the OLine. It was bad last year and has gotten worse with the loss of RG Zeitler. Better hope the youngsters make huge improvements. But at this point, who are their Guards ? Let’s hope they find a diamond in today’s picks

  8. What Philly and Dallas did is set up the 22 draft to be able to get the best Qb if jones tanks this year. Package your two first round picks in 22 and the best Qb in the draft class . Jerry Jones is losing his mind trading a team who he has to face twice a year with the worst secondary. Dallas you didn’t get a first or a second either. Worst trade in Dallas history

  9. I believe the O-line will be fine. Towards the end of the year their play was much improved. No one seems to take into consideration how young they are, that they had a brand new system to learn last year with no off season in person training a shortened preseason etc etc….if they aren’t much improved this year then they’ll deserve the criticism.

  10. gcryall says:
    May 1, 2021 at 9:34 am
    I agree with the 3rd round pcik. They needed a CB. How thay should have stand pat in the 1st and 2nd rounds. Gettleman is making the same mistake that Reese ……………ingoring the OL. They could have taking the Slater and Eighenburg to start rebuilding the OL which was horrible last year. Getlleman refuzes to admin he made a mistake by drafting Thoams. They would with same amount of picks as they stated with trade they made for Robinson.
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    Gettleman took OL with 3 of his first 5 picks last year. This year he has taken an edge rusher with 2 of his first 4 picks. I’m not sure how you think this works, but if he just took OL again this year, he wouldn’t be able to build any other position group for the future. I’ll admit that Thomas looks worse than the other three tackles taken early in the first, but i wouldn’t give up on the kid just yet.

    The area where Gettleman has shone in this draft is his trading. All three trades netted great value. He jumped up to get a CB that was on the board far too long, and he added three additional 2022 picks while still drafting a good player at all the spots he picked.

  11. Billco6192013 – Think of what circumstances caused you to write. Basically the Giants are in position to package two first round picks next year to move up to get a quarterback if another first round pick tanks. This front office is designed to build 6-10 teams – and I went to my first Giants game 70 years ago. Haven’t missed many in between and still have season tickets. My once 25 cent ticket (or whatever it actually was) that my father bought in the old Polo Grounds costs a hell of a lot more now. This is the worst front office run I’ve ever seen – but I would not give up on Thomas. Joe Judge gives you hope – but look at the coaching run as well. Probably ruined Flowers playing him out of position then made a desperation overpriced signing to get Solder. The beat just goes on.

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