Peter King says Giants' Eli Manning's struggles are evident for 5 years, which is why he didn't agree with Saquon Barkley draft pick.
Watch video Unless he chooses a fullback to block for Saquon Barkley or stunningly changes organizations, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman will not use a third straight first-round draft pick on a running back in 2019.
Gettleman drafted Christian McCaffrey with the No.
8 overall pick for the Panthers in 2017 and Barkley with the No.
2 overall pick for the Giants in 2018.
McCaffrey was a bit of a no-brainer for the playmaker-starved Panthers, whereas Barkley was selected over other viable Top 10 options like quarterbacks Josh Rosen Josh Allen and Sam Darnold, offensive guard Quenton Nelson and defensive end Bradley Chubb.
"Dave Gettleman has proven it his last two drafts ...
he goes against the grain and he is a little bit of a personnel dinosaur in that regard," NBC Sports' Peter King — one of the preeminent NFL writers in the country — said Thursday on The Dan Patrick Show.
Closer look at 2019-20 free agent and NFL Draft QBs for Giants In picking Barkley, Gettleman believed he was taking a player that made the quarterback, offensive line, wide receivers and defense better.
Barkley is the early favorite for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and is on pace for 1,880 yards from scrimmage and 16 touchdowns, but the Giants still are 1-4.
"I totally respect Dave Gettleman because I think he believed — and this was told to me — that there was not one of these quarterbacks, even after (Baker) Mayfield, who he loved enough to take anywhere very high," King said.
"If that's what he choose, the Giants basically have to think that in the top five next year — which is probably where they will be drafting — they are going to get a quarterback.
Maybe (Justin Herbert).
They probably should have gotten him this year." Of course, many experts thought the Giants would target a quarterback in the draft at this time last year, when the team was 0-5.
The 2019 NFL Draft is rich on defensive linemen, another position the old-school Gettleman loves.
The Giants are high on rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta, a third-stringer taken in the fourth round.
And coach Pat Shurmur's son, Kyle, will be available in the middle rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft as a quarterback out of Vanderbilt.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning is under contract through the 2019 season but struggled until Week 5.
He looked like his old self — 324 passing yards courtesy of deep passes, two costly interceptions and an improbable fourth-quarterback comeback.
"Everybody is talking about Eli as though this is sort of a new thing," King said.
"This has been happening for years.
Eli is quite possibly — and there have been a lot of great ones over year — the best, most gentlemanly high-achieving player since I've been around New York sports.
I've lived in the area since 1985.
He is an amazing human being.
He does a lot for his community.
"But has anybody been watching football for the last 5-6 years? By most metrics, he is in the lower quandrant and maybe even lower than that in almost everything.
I don't know what people thought was going to happen this year.
"Eli needs to have tremendous protection.
That's all there is to it.
This offensive line, even though it's got some new pieces, is not protecting Eli nor creating enough lanes for Saquon Barkley.
When that happens, the offensive is going to be abysmal.
And that's pretty much what you've seen." Ryan Dunleavy may be reached at email@example.com.
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