One of the most criticized people in the entire NFL if not the world of sports has been New York Giants General Manager David Gettleman. Since the end of another dismal season for the Giants, Gettleman overhauled the roster with the losses of safety Landon Collins and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and drafting quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th overall Gettleman has been heavily criticized. While the loss of Collins and OBJ while mortgage their future on Daniel Jones, there are moves David Gettleman got right this offseason.
One of the most lingering questions for the last several seasons for the G-Men was the offensive line. This rebuild was two seasons in the making and started when Gettleman signed left tackle Nate Solder while drafting left guard Will Hernandez to solidify one side of the offensive line. While Solder and Hernandez were solid pickups more needed to be done to finish the reclamation of the Giants offensive line.
To find another piece to the offensive line puzzle Gettleman made a trade of talented yet oft-injured Olivier Vernon. Even though Vernon was a Pro Bowler in 2018 he still missed 5 games and Vernon was a potential cap casualty coming into the offseason yet Gettleman turned Vernon into right guard Kevin Zeitler. This move is good for two reasons with one being the Giants upgraded their offensive line. Second, Big Blue does not take a cap hit on releasing Vernon.
The NFL draft was also a place this season, outside the 1st round, where David Gettleman got right this offseason. One pick that stands out is cornerback Julian Love who was picked in the 4th round 108th overall. While it was surprising that Big Blue would have a bonanza by drafting 3 cornerbacks in the draft this year when you look beyond the 2019 season it makes sense. With Janoris Jenkins entering what is most likely his final season with the G-Men. Now with the addition of Love, there could be a viable replacement at a significantly cheaper price than a jackrabbit.