Giants GM Dave Gettleman spoke with the media for roughly a half hour during his pre-Draft press conference on Thursday afternoon. The majority of the questions were -- shocker -- about the plans at quarterback. Here are the takeaways...
On the quality of this year's QB class
"It's good. It's a good quarterback class," Gettleman said when asked, but he laughed off an attempt to get him to answer whether it was better than the 2018 QB class that included Baker Mayifled, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen: "Better than last year? I'm not going there! Come on now!"
"There's some really good quarterbacks in this class, yes," Gettleman concluded, alluding to a group that includes Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, and Daniel Jones.
Is there urgency to draft a QB?
"I'm not gonna put a level on that. ... Doing this, you let the Draft come to you. That's what you do. We went into last season believing that Eli still has plenty left, and he proved he did. Just see how it goes. See how the Draft (goes)."
Does he need to "love" a QB in order to draft him as a franchise guy at No. 17?
Asked by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano if he needed to "love" a quarterback in order to take him with the 17th pick, Gettleman danced a bit, first answering in a way that covered his feelings about all players -- not just quarterbacks.
Asked again, Gettleman said "If we got a quarterback rated in the first round, we love him."
Have there been any trade talks with the Cardinals?
This was an effort to get Gettleman to talk about the potential of trading for Josh Rosen, but he didn't take the bait.
"Not going there," Gettleman said.
On the mental toughness needed to be a QB in New York
"Being a QB in this market is a load -- a mental load. You've got to really vet the background of these guys. ... You've got to have a mental toughness."
Of all the quarterbacks in this class, the only one who has really gotten any scrutiny as far as off-field issues is Kyler Murray -- and that had to do with a few strange interviews he did when he was still choosing between baseball or football. There is also the question of whether the outspoken Rosen would be a fit (in Gettleman's eyes).
What does the Draft board look like?
"The board is basically set. ... We have more players rated as first, second, third, fourth round values than any draft I've ever had. ... It's still about value. It's who's gonna give you the best value. You can never have too many good players at one position."
If it really is all about value for the Giants, grabbing a highly-ranked defensive player with the No. 6 pick and hoping one of their highly-rated quarterbacks slides to No. 17 might be the play.
What about drafting for need?
"You can't draft for need. You'll get screwed every time. You'll make a mistake."
Gettleman used the above mindset last year when he took Saquon Barkley (his highest-rated player) with the No. 2 pick when Sam Darnold was on the board. So his comments on Thursday shouldn't come as a surprise.
Are there any "Gold Jacket" players in this Draft?
"Oh yeah," Gettleman said with a smirk. "There's a couple."
Two of the "Gold Jacket" guys Gettleman is referring two are likely Nick Bosa and Josh Allen, but neither is expected to be there for the Giants at No. 6. Is Kyler Murray a Gold Jacket guy? What about Quinnen Williams?
Is Kyle Lauletta really a long-term option?
"Don't forget about Kyle now," Gettleman said after talking about how Eli Manning had proved he still has something left in the tank. Gettleman seemed to be imploring everyone to not sleep on Lauletta as the potential quarterback of the future.
The Kansas City Model (or Green Bay Model) is still all the rage
Gettleman said you can't just take a young quarterback and "throw him in." He then expanded on what he has mentioned multiple times this offseason -- the ideal scenario of drafting a quarterback, having him learn behind a veteran, and then take over seamlessly.
The GM then mentioned how Aaron Rodgers took over in Green Bay, and seemed to suggest that Eli Manning potentially had another two or three years in the tank. But he couldn't have possibly been serious about that part, right?