The Giants will have the second overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft, but general manager Dave Gettleman is not planning to commit to any particular players until the team's evaluation process is fully complete.
"There is a whole lot more information to gather," Gettleman told Newsday. "I've heard stories about teams setting their boards in February and that's where they sit. That's not my philosophy. I want all the information so I can make an informed decision. I don't have any preconceived notions, I just let the process play out."
Gettleman noted that Pro Days, campus visits, and more need to be completed before reaching the conclusion of the evaluation process.
"You take short cuts, you're going to make mistakes," he said. "I can't sit here in early March and decide who I'm taking with the second pick in the draft. It's silly."
At the Combine, Gettleman plans to deviate from focusing on what he calls "height-weight-speed silliness" -- 40-yard dashes, bench presses, etc. -- and instead will place a focus on watching the manner with which players interact with others.
"It's another piece of the puzzle," he said.
To that end, much of Gettleman's overall evaluation process will entail the understanding of a player's mental capacity to compete at the NFL level, and the Giants' general manager plans to take advantage of 60 interviews the team is allowed to conduct while at the Combine.
"A lot of them come from systems that are fairly simple and they're not asked to do a lot, so we have basically a football interview," he said. "We have film and they talk us through everything. We're trying to find out how much football they know, which is really important."
The NFL Scouting Combine takes place February 27-March 5 and the NFL Draft is April 26-28.