Good morning, New York Giants fans!
Yes, GM Dave Gettleman said the Giants would “explore’ the Rodgers situation. Good GMs explore everything. Bill Barnwell’s proposal of a 2022 first-round pick, 2022 first-round pick (from Bears), 2023 first-round pick (conditional), and wide receiver Darius Slayton is, at least for, an absolute non-starter.
We have discussed much of this already, but check out Zack Rosenblatt’s take.
Some thought Toney would slip because of maturity issues, but the Giants and other teams ended up believing the reward was worth the risk, or that the risk isn’t daunting. “He’s a phenomenal athlete,” a scout said. “He’s electric with the ball in his hands. He’s different from anybody.”
Looking at it from the outside, it has become impossible to ignore the growing influence of coach Joe Judge -- the freshest decision-maker in the draft room. It would be quite the coincidence if the team's philosophical shift wasn't, at least in part, spearheaded by the second-year coach whose voice continues to get louder behind closed doors.
Judge came to the Giants from the New England Patriots, an organization known for trading up, down and all around during the draft under coach Bill Belichick. Judge philosophically believes in trading down to collect more picks.
"There is more involvement [in the draft process] because I wasn't here ... two falls ago," Judge said. "The ability to talk about who is in the draft, who we are targeting, what kind of bodies ... the scheme and further understanding on both sides [of] what we are looking for and how we work together. This time through it was a lot more fluid."
Josh Edwards of CBS apparently isn’t a fan of the Toney pick, but does like the Azeez Ojulari selection.
In case you missed it
- POLL: SB Nation survey finds overwhelming approval of New York Giants draft
- Judge: Daniel Jones’ injury last season “more serious” than reported
- 2021 NFL Draft prospect profile: Gary Brightwell, RB, Arizona
- Everything you need to know about Giants’ No. 1 pick Kadarius Toney
You can find and subscribe to Big Blue View radio from the show’s home page.
You can find all the shows on our Big Blue View Radio Hub Page.
You can also find the shows and subscribe on all your favorite podcast apps: