It is not a finished product, and general manager Dave Gettleman admits “there’s more work to be done’’ before the reconstruction of the Giants’ defense can be viewed as complete, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.
In free agency, the Giants brought in cornerback James Bradberry and linebackers Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell. Gettleman said “we’re thrilled signing those three guys’’ and “oh, by the way, we also signed Austin Johnson,’’ a defensive tackle.
“We’re very pleased with where we’re at,’’ Gettleman said Monday.
Extrapolate what you can from that, from Gettleman’s words about the offensive tackles on his roster and the strength of the upcoming NFL draft and a connect-the-dots scenario leads to the growing belief that the Giants will use their first-round pick on one of the heralded offensive tackles in this draft class.
Gettleman’s marching orders every year in free agency are to find players to fill specific holes, allowing him as free a hand as possible to stay true to his board and take the top-graded player in the draft without reaching based on need. Evaluating how that plan worked this year in free agency, Gettleman said, “I think we’ve done a good job, it’s not perfect. I’m pleased with where we’re at going into the draft.’’
Gettleman made it clear he had at least one eye on the draft when he made the moves he did in free agency.
“So we kind of marry the two,’’ he said. “We just felt with the depth of the tackle class in the draft, we just felt like this was the best way for us to go.’’
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