When the Giants held the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, general manager Dave Gettleman defied logic by refusing to even listen to trade offers. Saquon Barkley was his pick. In Gettleman’s mind, no deal could be worth losing out on the generational running back talent.
This year is different.
Holding the fourth overall pick in the upcoming draft, Gettleman said Tuesday that he would consider trading down.
“Absolutely,” Gettleman said during the NFL Combine. “We’re open for business.”
With second-year starting quarterback Daniel Jones locked in as franchise quarterback, the Giants appear likely to take a defensive player with their first pick in the draft. The Giants’ pick could have added value depending on the health of Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and how the draft unfolds after the Bengals presumably select LSU’s Joe Burrow at No. 1.
Unlike when Gettleman had the chance to draft a player he touted as being “touched by God,” the maligned general manager appears to at least now have the sense to hear what other teams will offer.
In 2018, Gettleman said he would’ve taken Barkley in two seconds, had league rules not prevented him from waiting. In seven drafts, five of which came with the Panthers, Gettleman has yet to trade down with any pick.
“We all had such a conviction on this kid that at the end of the day … the only reason that pick wasn’t in at 9:58 was because we had to wait until the five-minute mark,” Gettleman said. “People call you and they want the second pick of the draft for a bag of donuts, a hot pretzel and a hot dog … Leave me alone. I don’t have time to screw around.”