New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese entered an offseason in which he knew he was on the clock, and the Giants executive responded -- to the tune of investing more than $200 million in free agency. However, that wasn't enough to keep Reese near the top of Rotoworld's ranking of the NFL's general managers.
After the start of the 2016 league year, Reese, 52, was ranked 21st of 28 general managers who have been in their position for at least a year. In 2015, Reese was ranked No. 8 on the list. One of the main reasons why Reese was ranked so low this year is because of the lack of players that were drafted who are still on the roster from 2007-12, which includes just Jason Pierre-Paul and Zak DeOssie. Not one player drafted during the 2011-12 season is still on the Giants roster.
While the Giants have struck gold with Odell Beckham Jr., according to Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty, a lack of being able to draft consistently and keep talent around has given the Giants general manager a low grade in 2016.
Everyone knows the NFL is a high-turnover league, but you’re not going to have much of a roster if your 53-man half-life is four years. It’s this disintegration that forced Reese to go wild in free agency, paying Olivier Vernon like he’s Reggie White and Janoris Jenkins like he’s Deion Sanders. The Giants lack depth across the board, a major problem for a team that’s always amongst the most injured. Reese’s career has been marked by good fortune. Inheriting Eli Manning, winning Super Bowl XLVI, drafting Odell Beckham. Without a fourth four-leaved intervention in 2016, he could be out of luck.
Reese, who has been the general manager since 2007, has routinely hit on first round picks during the last several years, but has struggled immensely to select productive players during the middle and later rounds of the draft.
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