I cannot remember a year in which the buildup, anticipation and hype going into the event has been this crazy.
Since late November, when the NFL season officially fell into the abyss for the Jets and the Giants, the focus centered on what will happen come late April.
We knew the Giants after their dumpster fire of a 3-13 season were slated for the second pick in the draft, but little did we know the Jets would trade up to lock in the third pick.
The last time you had both New York Teams picking in the top five was all the way back in 1981.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. When you’re picking in the top five, you have to get it right.
If you hit the home run, it enhances your legacy as an executive. Just ask Ernie Acorsi.
On the flip side, if you get that pick wrong, you probably won’t be around long with your respective team to tell about it.
Dave Gettelman in his first year as Giants general manager will make a pick that will speak to how he feels about the direction of the franchise.
He should take a quarterback at two.
Eli Manning is 37. He is not getting younger, and his best days are behind him. To get his heir this year makes perfect sense in a highly touted quarterback class.
The Giants may believe in picking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, or that trading down is the best path to immediate success.
To me, it would be very shortsighted.
On the flip side, it’s an absolute no-brainer for the New York Jets.
They are taking a quarterback at three. They did not give up three second-round picks to take another position player.
To his credit, Mike Maacagnan realizes the sense of urgency. His legacy will be defined by the success of the quarterback he is about to pick.
If he can find the Jets legitimate long-term stability at the most important position on the field, he will be a conquering hero.
On the flip side, if the Jets whiff once again, he won’t pick another quarterback.
Draft Day is the NFL’s version of high-stakes poker. Play your cards right and you’re the toast of the town, make the wrong move and you forever live in infamy.
Let the games begin.
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