A comparison of Dave Gettleman's and Jerry Reese's first 3 drafts as GM of the NY football Giants.
For the youngsters here, The Planet Theory (summarized in a nutshell) was that the good Lord only makes a very small percentage of human beings large enough and athletic or agile enough to play in the trenches at the NFL level of football, and if you want to accumulate those big gifted men on your team, you'd better draft them when you can, i.e. in the early rounds.
So what were the top three rounds breakdowns of Gettleman's vs Reese's first three drafts?
(I selected the top 3 rounds because that's roughly the top 100 players in each draft - as the Pros have selected them. It is less than half of each draft class from 7 rounds.)
Each Giants GM exercised 11 picks their first three years.
Reese selected these 11 by position:
8 skills players including
1 move TE
3 trench players
1 EDGE or OLB, whatever you call Sintim
FWIW, his lone DT was an undersized third rounder, Jay Alford.
Gettleman's 11 included only 4 skills players, and one of them was DJ, the presumed successor to Eli Manning as a franchise QB.
He drafted 7 trench players:
And 4 skills positions:
It might further be noticed that among his OL two of them are jumbo in the length column (particularly arm length) and the other is thick in girth, and one of his two ER/OLB is extremely long as well (Carter.) Both his DTs were long armed 300+ pounders, and Lawrence, obviously, super sized in every way.
He didn't draft a single WR in top 3 rounds, despite what some would call the obvious need for a #1 WR once he traded away OBJ.
I think there's little doubt that this is a sizeable shift in team building philosophy from Jerry's "Basketball on grass" approach.
I for one applaud the shift. The long term results remain to be seen.