NY Giants GM, Dave Gettleman, as taken a lot of heat during his tenure. However, he showed off his stronger side while making the team’s crucial #4 overall draft pick.
If you don’t like victory laps or praising of NY Giants GM, Dave Gettleman, this might not be the post for you. I’ve long been a harsh critic of the embattled GM, but he knocked his #4 overall pick out of the park tonight while showing off his strong suits in the process.
Gettleman is not a guy that cares about what the ‘experts’ or mock drafts are saying. He’s a guy that grinds tape and trusts tape over all else. As a result, when the trade down offers clearly weren’t there, he made the correct pick by taking the best offensive tackle in the draft in Andrew Thomas.
I’ve been the resident conductor of the ‘draft Andrew Thomas’ train since January, so obviously, I may be a bit biased here. However, he had the best tape and production and was ranked as the highest offensive tackle all of last season before ‘experts’ began to knock him down after no more games were played after the season — foolishly.
Gettleman released numerous smokescreens and met multiple times with other top OT prospects to give the allusion that he wasn’t interested in Thomas.
He basically ran a master class on how to get the guy you want while not tipping your hand. So many NY Giants fans were consumed with what the experts were saying, thank god Gettleman wasn’t one of those people.
On Twitter so far, many NY Giants fans are divided but trust me, you will learn to love the rock-solid offensive tackle that Andrew Thomas is. He’s going to be a long-time starter for us at left tackle and take over at the position on day one.
Whether or not Nate Solder will slide over to right tackle is a discussion for another day, right now, let’s just celebrate that we have a legit young left tackle for the future now.
Thomas allowed just 36 total pressures in 41 career games against the toughest competition in all of college football while shutting down several top edge prospects like Julian Okwara and K’Lavon Chaisson.
There was nothing else Thomas could have done on the football field to earn his stake at the top offensive tackle on this class and I commend Dave Gettleman for having the stones to realize it.
This is a terrific day for this franchise.
Now let’s kill pick #36!