In addition to praising running back Saquon Barkley by saying he has Hall of Fame potential, Giants GM Dave Gettleman backed quarterback Davis Webb during an interview on WFAN's "Boomer & Gio" on Friday.
Gettleman made Barkley, the dynamic Penn State running back who many considered to be the best athlete in the draft, the No. 2 pick on Thursday, passing on Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen as potential heirs to Eli Manning.
"We're talking gold jacket potential, and Saquon has those things," Gettleman said. "When I see him today, I'm going to give him a big hug and I'm going to look at him and say, 'Be Saquon. Don't be anyone else.' "
Amid the endless speculation the Giants would use their draft position to draft their next franchise quarterback given Manning is 37 and coming off a season in which he went 3-12 as a starter, Gettleman said he didn't want to overthink the decision on which player New York should draft.
"Very frankly, I think you can outsmart yourself," Gettleman said. "If a guy's a great player, and you place a value on a guy, and if he's a great player, you can't worry about getting hurt, you can't outsmart yourself thinking there's going to be -- you don't know how it's going to go, you have no idea."
He said he did hear about some of the rumors being circulated and a lot of the speculation of what the Cleveland Browns were going to do with the No. 1 pick. "There was so much smoke being thrown, it was giving me a headache," Gettleman said.
But while Cleveland ultimately made Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield the No. 1 pick, he went with Barkley, who recorded 1,271 rushing yards, 632 receiving yards and 21 total touchdowns last season for the Nittany Lions.
The decision to not pick a quarterback not only reinforces Manning as the team's starting quarterback, but keeps Webb, last year's third-round pick out of California, as Manning's backup.
Gettleman said he was impressed with Webb's performance during the Giants' three-day minicamp, but also said he wasn't necessarily surprised by what he saw.
"He made some really good decisions, made some terrific throws, we know his work ethic," Gettleman said.
"With Davis, it's a big thumbs up. It reinforced what we thought, and we've got to keep moving on. Of course, Davis has to keep building on it, but we really liked what we saw."
Webb previously said he wasn't worried about the speculation New York could take a quarterback with the No. 2 pick, saying he was focused on showing the team and the new coaching staff his potential. And after New York officially made Barkley a Giant, Webb was among the players who reacted positively on Twitter.
The other top quarterbacks in the draft went elsewhere: Darnold to the Jets at No. 3, Allen to the Buffalo Bills at No. 7, Rosen to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 10 and Lamar Jackson to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 32.
Meanwhile, Gettleman said a player like Barkley can make everyone else around him better.
"Really," Gettleman said, "it was an easy pick."