Giants GM Dave Gettleman: 'You Can't Draft For Need'

April 18, 2019 - 4:31 pm


The NFL Draft is a week away, but it’s still not clear which direction the Giants will go with their No. 6 overall pick.

There has been a lot of speculation that New York may opt to draft a young quarterback who can learn from, and eventually replace, Eli Manning. The team had former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins in for a visit on Monday, but there is still a chance that they provide a surprise and take a defensive player, which is a need.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman spoke to the press on Thursday about his mindset going into the draft. He was adamant that he wouldn’t be forced into any pick because of the team’s needs.

“It is still about value,” Gettleman said. “Who is going to give you the most value at that spot? When you start reaching for the need, you get into trouble. You can never have too many good players at one position … I won’t force a pick. You can't draft for need. You'll get screwed every time. You'll make a mistake.”

Gettleman brought up Saquon Barkley to elaborate on his point about value, saying he “took the best player in the draft.”


Dave Gettleman
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The 68-year-old was also asked about Josh Rosen, and whether the Giants had been involved in any trade discussions with the Cardinals. His answer was simple.

“I am not going there.”

The Giants also have the 17th pick in the first round. They could opt to pick up a quarterback there if they decide to add a different position with their opening selection.

Gettleman also spoke further about what it takes to be a quarterback in a market as uniquely demanding as New York City.

“One of the things that I really believe is, this is not taking a shot at anyone so don’t twist my words, please. Being a quarterback of a team in this type of market is a load. It is a mental load. You have to really vet out the background of these guys. Just like being the head coach of this team is a load, being a quarterback is a load, too. It is more than just looking at a guy’s physical talent. It is about his makeup … You have to have a mental toughness about you to play the position here in New York. Or to play the position anywhere. That is a huge piece of it. It is important. If you don’t think it is, you need to re-think it.”