Every parent knows you should never ask a child a question when you don't want to know the truth. Perhaps New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese should have thought about that last week during his season-ending press conference. When questioned about his lack of success in the later rounds of the draft Reese demanded statistics from the media proving that his draft record, specifically in the later rounds, wasn't up to par.
Big Blue View accepted the GM's challenge and provided data using the AV state from Pro Football Reference showing that Reese had not done well in those rounds. Jordan Ranaan of NJ Advance Media, the reporter who asked the question that sent Reese into a tizzy, used draft "hits, defined as starters or significant contributors, to reach the same conclusion.
Now, ESPN's Mike Sando has provided a third statistical measure that shows that Reese's drafts -- going all the way back to his first one in 2007 -- have failed to provide the Giants with enough talent to remain competitive.
Sando found that Giants' draft picks since 2007 have played 10,767 offensive and defensive snaps. The league average over that time period if 16,448 snaps. That is nearly 6,000 more snaps or 53 percent per Sando's math.
That number is absolutely staggering and indefensible. Blame injuries, misfortune, whatever you want, that number isn't close to good enough. That means a whole lot of street free agents, a whole lot of castoffs from other teams, a whole lot of expensive free-agent contracts paid out because of draft selections that have not worked out.
That is now three different statistical methods that have been used to answer Reese's challenge and show that the criticism was a valid one. Reese got what he asked for, and the results don't cast the GM in a positive light. Now, the only question that matters is can Reese learn from mistakes and get the roster fixed?
The whole thing makes me think about Jack Nicholson's famous line in "A Few Good Men."