As the 2019 season came to a close, heads started rolling for NY Giants personnel. Luckily for management, successful seasons by the members of the 2019 draft class certainly helped GM Dave Gettleman keep his job for next season.
Frankly, it’s hard to imagine there were any bright spots on this NY Giants team following another finish at the bottom half of the NFC East (or NFC Least, rather), as well as in the conference standings.
The Giants regressed this season from last year’s 5-11 finish to an even worse 4-12 record. They also finished 23rd in yards per game and tied for 18th in points per game, which (all things considered) were contributing factors to yet another tumultuous season.
Although fans remain split as to whether the Giants shortcomings stemmed from their deficient coaching staff (led by Head Coach Pat Shurmur) or their radio-silent front office (led by General Manager Dave Gettleman), the emergence of their 2019 Draft Class might just be a reason to believe in Gettleman’s ability to evaluate talent at the combine, and also a reason to doubt Shurmur’s ability to mold these young athletes into professional football players.
Following Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch’s decision to put stock in their front office over their head coach, yet another change was made in their coaching staff for the third time in five years.
This decision came just twenty-four hours after the team dropped their last regular-season game at home against division rivals, Philadelphia Eagles – a win that catapulted their opponents to the postseason with the division title, and sank the hopes of Giants fans who have become used to disappointing Sunday afternoons.
While it is true that Dave Gettleman and his war room will have the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft, here’s a look back at the players taken by Gettleman last April and how they fared in their rookie campaigns.