The Giants came pretty close to having two top-10 picks in last Thursday's NFL Draft.
According to NBC Sports' Peter King, Giants GM Dave Gettleman attempted to trade up from their No. 17 pick with the Denver Broncos to receive their No. 10 pick.
The Giants decided to pass on taking Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen at No. 6 and instead opted for Duke QB Daniel Jones, but Gettleman liked Allen as much as Jones and called multiple teams in the event Allen fell.
Once the Jaguars took Allen at No. 7 the Giants stopped investigating a trade up but not landing the pass rusher was not easy to take for Gettleman.
"I agonized over that," Gettleman said. "I agonized. Before the draft, we discussed that thoroughly as a group - first last Friday, then again Wednesday. Obviously we had great regard for Josh Allen. But the one thing I have learned is you don't fool around with a quarterback. If he's your guy, you take him.
"If you put 32 general managers in a room and gave 'em sodium pentathol [truth serum], every single one of them would tell you a story of how they got cute in a draft and it cost them a player they wanted," Gettleman told King. "So you don't get cute there. You don't get cute with a quarterback."
Gettleman explained on Saturday that he "knew for a fact" that at least two teams would have taken Jones before the Giants picked again at 17 and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported those two teams likely being the Broncos or Washington Redskins.
The Redskins took Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins while the Broncos ultimately traded their 10th pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for their 20th pick, a second-rounder (52) and a 2020 third rounder.
The Broncos later drafted Missouri quarterback Drew Lock in the second round.
Two more pass rushers went off the board -- Michigan DE Rashan Gary and Florida State DE Brian Burns -- before the Giants decided to take Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence at 17.
Still, it was the pick of Jones at No. 6 that Gettleman continued to defend.
"The bottom line is, I have confidence in what I do and who I am," he said. "I've been a part of organizations that had pretty good quarterbacks-Jim Kelly, John Elway, Kerry Collins, Eli Manning, Cam Newton. I've led a charmed life with the quarterbacks on the teams I've worked for.
"I know what good ones look like. The other thing is, résumés matter. Every once in a while, I wish the people taking the shots would take a minute to look at my résumé. I've been a part of teams that went to seven Super Bowls. I had a hand in some of them. But today, there's no patience. And there's no room for civil discourse in our society, which I find sad."