There is more pressure than ever on Giants general manager Dave Gattleman to fix this year’s version of the project, according to a former NFL player and CEO who recently interviewed the team about the work Gattleman landed.
Lewis Riddick said the Giants should get a No. 11 overall in the NFL Draft, which will immediately accelerate Daniel Jones’ development and add significantly to the overall profit for the 2021 season.
“I think the clock is somehow accelerated for this mode, and for Dave in particular, so I think he knows he needs someone to come in and make an impact,” said Riddick, an ESPN analyst at Monday Night Football. “. “He said in the Giants Huddle podcast. “I think you̵
Riddick heard what John Mara said two weeks ago when the Giants co-owner admitted he was “tired of losing” and said he was also tired of “holding a post-season season conference trying to explain what went wrong and why I think that we are making progress. “
Mara signed a contract for a free agency that cost almost $ 100 million in guaranteed money for three players: Leonard Williams, Kenny Golladay and Adoree ‘Jackson. A draft follows. The Giants have only six choices and must hit hard with their choice for the first round. Mara expects the franchise, which holds a record 15-33 in Getlman’s three seasons, to fight for something other than a high selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.
“That makes it intriguing for the giants,” Riddick said. “I can’t stress this enough, you have to take into account the human element of this, if you are the general manager of Dave’s position and you have not achieved the success you want to have and you have pressed all your eggs in Daniel Jones’ basket.
“Look, this is a performance business, everyone gets it, and so Dave knows that the peak of 11 should produce and should get a return on investment now.”
Riddick met with the Giants property in December 2017 to interview about the work of the general manager. He doesn’t particularly believe in defensive talent in this year’s version; he is not sure that a defensive player is worthy of choosing the top 10 or the top 12. Thus, Riddick expects the Giants to choose an offensive player at number 11.
Considering that Penei Sewell will definitely be out of the board, Riddick could imagine a scenario in which the Giants choose between three players with this number 11: Broad successors in Alabama DeVonta Smith and Jaylan Waddle and striker of Northwest Rashaun Slater. Riddick sees Slater as the best offensive player in the draft, mostly because of the flexibility of his position: he can play in wrestling or guard.
“I know they’ve invested a lot, both in terms of free agent money in the offensive position during Dave’s term and in the project, but the fact is that it’s still not good enough, and in particular it’s not good enough in the left fight, ‘said Riddick. “I know Andrew.” [Thomas] needs more time and he will be in his second year and has to make a big leap as far as his development looks.
“But before Daniel Jones can do anything, he has to be protected in his pocket. If he always runs for his life and then doesn’t care about football and doesn’t turn the ball around and win matches, then this coaching staff won’t be there anyway to see if he can be good enough or not in the future. because they will leave. “
As for the successors, Riddick prefers Smith to Waddle, but this is more of a haircut than a fierce sentence. Waddle is the most explosive player – the closest thing to Tyrick Hill in this project, Riddick said – but he also has a history of injuries (he broke his right ankle last season). Smith is the more productive receiver.
“Is an offensive decision more important than a broad successor?” Riddick said. “They pay you for it. This is the kind of mental gymnastics you go through as a team maker, and Dave is likely to face that in two weeks. “