ORLANDO - Pat Shurmur may feel an "urge" to find the next great quarterback in the draft, but Dave Gettleman doesn't feel that at all. He insisted he feels no urgency to pick Eli Manning's successor with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft next month.
In fact, the Giants GM said it would actually be "easier" to take a player at another position instead.
"If I'm sitting on my big cheeks looking at the board and I'm saying 'This guy has got it,'" Gettleman said at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday. "You know, really? Is it hard?"
His point is that it the greatness he expects from the No. 2 overall pick might be easier to see in a player at another position. And it's true, quarterbacks do tend to get overrated on draft day because so many teams are desperate to find them.
Despite having a 37-year-old starter in Manning, Gettleman doesn't seem desperate at all. That's not to say he wouldn't select a quarterback like USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen or any of the Big 4 at the top of the draft. In fact both Giants co-owner John Mara and Shurmur, the new coach, made it clear that quarterbacks are under consideration.
But the general consensus among scouts is that there are three other players rated squarely in the Top 5 - if not the Top 3 - in Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson and N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb. And Gettleman seemed to have only one criteria for the player he decides to select:
He has to see him as a possible Hall of Famer someday.
"Guys, this is the second pick in the draft," Gettleman said. "We really have to picture this guy putting on a gold jacket. Because if we can't picture that, really …"
He didn't need to finish the point because he made it clear that he's expecting to find a generational player. He's going to compare the player not only to the rest of this draft class, but to previous No. 2 picks to make sure the player is worthy.
And Gettleman seems intent on not settling for less.
"Absolutely. You have to," he said. "It's like when teams reach (and say) 'We need a defensive tackle.; Then they drop down and reach for a guy and maybe he's a really good two-down player, a really good run player, and they're hoping he'll develop as a pass rusher. No, you can't do that.
"So that's the conversation we're having," Gettleman added. "When we set the board and have our conversations, is that guy worthy of being the second pick in the draft? Can we picture him maybe someday putting on a gold jacket?"