New Giants GM Dave Gettleman implied watching film on QB Eli Manning will determine which direction to go with his No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft this April.
During a radio interview with WFAN on Tuesday, Gettleman was straightforward when asked about his thought process for his first round pick, and it pointed to Manning's performance this year.
"I have to sit down and study tape," Gettleman said. "I only was able to watch a couple of Giants games front to back, and one of them happened to be Philadelphia (Week 15)...We're going to continue to evaluate, move forward, and continue the process.
"When I finish my film work, that's going to tell me which way to go."
Gettleman added: "You can talk about this guy, that guy. It's about what's going on between the white lines. It's not pretty. It's not a quick view...It's about the film work. It takes time."
Gettleman reminded listeners that he has known Manning since he came into the league, but he won't put any emotion into his decision about drafting a quarterback or not. With a quarterback-heavy draft expected, many believe the Giants should go after a quarterback with their high selection.
Whether or not the Giants need a quarterback, they most certainly need a head coach, and that is on top of Gettleman's checklist. He believes the position "is really a CEO" in his opinion, and he will be looking for a candidate with "intelligence," "vision," "leadership," and "toughness."
The Giants have already requested interviews for the head coaching vacancy, which includes Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and DC Matt Patricia, Panthers DC Steve Wilks, and former Broncos assistant head coach Eric Studesville.
Another situation Gettleman inherited when becoming the GM is regarding WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract. Beckham will be entering his fifth year option with the Giants, and after that, he will be a free agent. Now, the team is allowed to franchise tag him, but co-owner John Mara has noted he would like to make Beckham a Giant for life.
Gettleman, however, made it clear for anyone asking in the future that he doesn't discuss contracts or negotiations publicly.
"I don't discuss negotiations. I don't discuss timelines. I don't discuss contracts," he said.
Gettleman did say that he spoke with Beckham this past Saturday, noting that "he's a very gifted player for his position. There's no doubting the talent."
The 66-year-old has a lot on his plate to begin his new job with the Giants, but he assured listeners he understands there are challenges to attack.
"At the end of the day, you have to win," he said. "That's why I'm here."