Giants GM Jerry Reese: Critics of draft ‘don’t know what they’re talking about’
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese is feeling the heat over selecting Eli Apple with the tenth-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, with many pundits arguing the team overreached for the cornerback after watching the two players they coveted come off the draft board.
But Reese vigorously defended the pick while pointing out that it’s easy to dismiss the critics because they lack speak from a position of ignorance.
“When somebody doesn’t know what they’re talking about, it’s easy to depict it that way,” Reese said Monday during an interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN, via NJ.com’s James Kratch. “Because they don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Reports leading up to the draft indicated the Giants coveted Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd and Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin. But trades thwarted their plans, as the Titans landed Conklin at No. 8 and the Bears nabbed Floyd at No. 9, leaving the Giants to take Apple, who Reese called a “value pick” as the corner was the highest player the team had remaining on their board.
“We thought those (targeted) guys were good players. We went through a lot of different scenarios, and we clearly had went through this scenario, that Apple could be the player that we would pick,” Reese said.
“We were very happy that he was available when we picked there at No. 10. We absolutely had gone over this scenario many times. Obviously, not the (specific) situation that came up during the draft, but we thought some of the players might have been gone anyway. He was right in our window, where we had him ranked on our board, and he was an easy pick for us.”
Reese arguably was left with few options outside of selecting Apple if he was in fact the best player remaining on their draft board. While the case can be made that the Titans and Bears outmaneuvered the Giants to land Floyd and Conklin, there’s not much Reese could do once it occurred.