EAST RUTHERFORD (N.J.) — On Friday evening, Joe Schoen, the general manager, did something that should have been a major highlight of Friday's. New York GiantsTheir fans are now aware that they have a chance. He traded back (twice! He traded back twice before you could blink in round 2. 2022 NFL draftTo add additional picks.
While it might not sound remarkable, it demonstrates a level in which the organization was able to trade back as many times as they did at the beginning of the year. Schoen traded back in those seven minutes as many times as Dave Gettleman did during nine years of his tenure as general manager. Carolina PanthersGiants. The Giants and Gettleman did trade back twice, according to sources. It was done at Joe Judge's request last year.
“We simply thought it was the best decision for us at the moment. Schoen explained Saturday that we would benefit the most from more picks based upon who was on our boards. “We had contracts in place before draft started. So we were confident. We knew that we could get back. It was all part of the plan.
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A plan that makes sense. This is a low bar, maybe below the basement, for a franchise which went 19-46 under Gettleman.
Schoen sent pick No. 36 to begin the second round of Friday's tournament. 36 New York JetsPicks Nos. 38 and 146 (a fifth-rounder). He shipped No. 38 to Atlanta for No. 43, and a fourth-rounder (114). He was able to move down seven spots and get two picks, which he converted into Iowa safety. Dane Belton (No. (No. Micah McFadden (No. 146).
This is how rebuilding groups are supposed to work. This is what you should do if Belton and McFadden are successful contributors.
While we can debate the merits of the Giants' selection of 43rd overall to Kentucky receiver in the second round, it is hard to argue with the decision. Wan'Dale Robinson. Analysts, such as ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr., believe the small wide receiver was picked too early. The Giants may have missed out on the cornerback they wanted by moving down. Auburn's Roger McCreary35th at the Tennessee Titans, Washington's Kyler GordonTo the 39th Chicago BearsClemson's Andrew Booth Jr.The 42nd place finish was achieved by the Minnesota Vikings.
It doesn't really make a difference. Schoen's flexibility was a huge advantage for this Giants team that was devoid of talent. They were able to throw more darts during the draft. Contrast this with Gettleman’s regrettable decision during the 2019 draft, to trade fourth and fifth-round selections in order to move up seven places to No. 30 for cornerback DeAndre Baker. ESPN was also informed by at least two other teams that spring that they had concernsInformation about the Georgia prospect Baker was exempted from the commissioner's list in 2020 due to legal issues. released that SeptemberGiants
Schoen's draft résumé with the Giants is already off to a better start. Schoen started by becoming an Oregon edge rusher Kayvon ThibodeauxAlabama offensive tackle, fifth overall Evan NealAt No. 7. Even though the picks were widely praised, the 11 other players in the class were viewed with some suspicion. This was New York's biggest draft class since 2003.
Kayvon Thibodeaux's most powerful plays at DE are a great example of why he might be the best draft pick.
Kiper explained why he gave the Giants the aforementioned explanation. ‘B' grade.
As with every draft class, the Giants' newest team has some warts. Robinson lacks ideal size at 5-foot-8, 178 pounds. Third-round guard Joshua EzeuduScouts Inc. placed him at 151st overall. He was chosen 67th. lacks polish and grades out as a versatile backupWith the potential to become a starter. Some scouts and coaches said that Thibodeaux was “good but not exceptional” during the pre-draft process. Thibodeaux is a smaller player than he should be (6-4, 254) and has no pass-rusher counter moves.
We don't know for certain if any 262 players selected this weekend will be any good. This is a topic for another day. Schoen's logic can be analyzed.
It makes sense at least to me what he did during his first offseason. Gettleman selected running back in his Giants' first draft (2018) as GM. Saquon Barkley No. Following a 3-13 season, Eli Manning, soon to be 38 years old, was ranked 2nd overall.
Schoen realized that he could not do it all in one go and started what appears to be an orderly roster overhaul. He set a realistic goal to draft his first class.
Schoen stated that they wanted to bring depth and competition into the roster. “Of course, not everyone is going to be selected as a starter. It takes time. You have to be a man. You need both depth players and top-line players over time. The idea was to achieve the best.
“Defensively, they are the guys who have versatility. Offensively, you have to be around [coach] Brian [Daboll]You'll be able to see that he will take all the pieces and everything we have and create an offensive plan around them. [defensive coordinator] Wink [Martindale]Almost everyone shares the same philosophy.”
At the moment, everything sounds good. While the Giants' roster may not be in the best shape at this time — just look at the thin secondary — there are good reasons to feel positive about how they're performing and where they're headed. It feels unified, not jumbled together.
Schoen is the most deserving of all the credit.