0 for 8 is a pattern, and that is what New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is when it comes to trading down in NFL drafts he has run for the Giants and Carolina Panthers.
There has been speculation recently that the Giants are discussing the idea of moving down from 11. Jeremiah, a former scout as well-connected throughout the league as anyone, said during a videoconference with media on Wednesday that he is “not buying” talk that Gettleman and the Giants will move down.
“I think we’ll see a right turn in a NASCAR race before we see Dave Gettleman trade back. So I don’t see that happening,” Jeremiah said.
In March, Gettleman said the changes to scouting players necessitated by the pandemic meant there are valid arguments both for trading up or down in the draft.
“You can make the argument to trade back because of this thing. There are guys in this draft that when they put pads on in August it’ll be the first time in 20 months they’ll have put pads on, so you’ve got to think about that piece and some of those guys are very, very highly rated, so you’ve got to think about that ... So you can make that argument for that, you can make that argument to trade back, accumulate picks for next year,’ Jeremiah said.
“You can make the argument that you sit tight. You can make the argument that, knowing that your best information is going to be on the top guys, maybe you trade up. So, who knows?”
Gettleman explained his aversion to trading back this way a year ago:
“Trading back has its danger,” he said. “We’re at 4. Let’s say we trade back to 8. There’s only four players that we like. What if they’re all gone? Now what are you going to do? You’re going to trade back again? You can trade yourself back out of good players.”
So, if Jeremiah is right Gettleman will end up 0 for 9, and the Giants will just make what they think is the best possible pick at No. 11.