The Giants and all the other NFL teams can formally speak with up to 60 players this week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, cramming the schedule with interviews that serve as far more than a meet-and-greet. The Giants prefer to spend most of their time with these prospects putting game-film on the board and having the player explain what he is seeing and why he reacted the way he did in the particular action sequences. In a few minutes, the Giants believe they can get an accurate picture of the players’ football acumen. These first impressions are just that, and if the Giants are truly interested in a player, they will be sure in the coming weeks to engage in more extensive meetings and dinners with him well in advance of the NFL Draft. All players go through medical evaluations, on-field testing at Lucas Oil Stadium and psychological testing. The entire Giants brain trust will be on the scene, with general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur meeting with the media Wednesday morning. Here are some of the primary topics they need to address: For Dave Gettleman Do you view this potential quarterback pick as one that will define your legacy with the Giants? This is usually the way it works. George Young selected Phil Simms. Ernie Accorsi fell in love with Eli Manning and made a draft-day trade to get him. Jerry Reese inherited Manning and thus never had to think about taking a quarterback high in the draft. General managers are linked to the players they take in the draft, even more so when that player is a quarterback. For better or worse, that is the way it will go down if Gettleman uses this pick on Manning’s successor. How committed are you to trigger a complete overhaul of the offensive line? It is going to be a two-pronged attack, with help arriving first via free agency, where Gettleman is likely to target guard Andrew Norwell, who Gettleman signed as an undrafted player with the Panthers. No offensive line rebuild can be undertaken without adding starting-caliber players in this draft.
The quarterback questions that will hint at Giants’ decision
New York Post | Feb 28