3 Dave Gettleman mistakes that have reared their ugly heads during NFL playoffs

Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /
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Just when we thought we could completely put former NY Giants general manager Dave Gettleman in the past, we’re reminded of how bad he was at his job. Throughout the NFL postseason, there were highs and lows for the G-Men, as their season came to a close in the Divisional Round.

Despite that, we’ve indeed been reminded of Gettleman mistakes, with some of his former players getting ready to compete for the Lombardi Trophy once Feb. 12 rolls around. We’re sorry to remind you of his errors, but we’re taking a look at three in particular in this piece:

3. Passing on LB Fred Warner in the NFL Draft

This one is going to sting for a while. Back in 2018, Gettleman and the front office had a plethora of draft picks, and had a chance to draft a young man by the name of Fred Warner in the third round. Right before Warner was taken off the board, though, Gettleman decided to rock with Lorenzo Carter and B.J. Hill.

Neither of those players remain with the Giants, as Carter left after the 2021 season to join the Falcons, while Hill was traded to the Bengals for backup center Billy Price. As for Warner, he is one of the best linebackers in the game. Since arriving to the San Francisco 49ers in 2018, Warner has been a two-time All-Pro selection.

You know what makes this hurt even more? Well, linebacker is without a doubt one of the weakest position groups for the Giants and head coach Brian Daboll. The unit was embarrassing to watch for the majority of the year, especially with fans having to see Tae Crowder and Jaylon Smith take the field.

Crowder ended the season with Pittsburgh and no one wants to see Smith in an NY jersey next fall. If Gettleman would have been able to see Warner’s potential, he’d have millions of fans in the New York area. Instead, he’s been a baller for San Francisco. What could have been.