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The general manager of the New York Giants did something that should have made the fans of the team realize they have a chance. He traded back before the second round of the NFL draft to get extra picks.

The level of competence the organization didn't have as recently as the beginning of this year is shown by it. Dave Gettleman traded back and forth as many times as Schoen did in nine years as the general manager of the Carolina Panthers and Giants. Sources say that the two times Gettleman traded back, it was at the request of former coach Joe Judge.

We thought it was best for us at the time. We thought that more picks would benefit us the most, based on who was on our board. We were confident. We knew we could return. That was part of the plan.

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A plan that made sense. The bar is low for a franchise that went 19-46 under Gettleman.

Pick 36 was sent to the New York Jets for picks 38 and 146. He moved back again, sending No. 38 to Atlanta for No. 43 and a fourth-rounder. He netted two picks by moving down seven spots.

This is how teams are supposed to operate. In a couple of years, remember this if either of them become a starter or even a consistent contributor.

We can argue about the merits of the player the Giants ended up selecting in the second round, Kentucky receiver Wan Dale Robinson. The wide receiver was selected too early according to some analysts. The Giants might have missed out on a potential defensive back if they had moved down. Washington's Kyler Gordon went 39th to the Chicago Bears, while Andrew Booth Jr. went 42nd to the Minnesota Vikings.

It doesn't matter. The Giants team, bereft of talent, got extra dart throws during the draft because of the elasticity of Schoen. Gettleman made a bad decision during the draft to trade fourth and fifth-round picks to move up seven spots to No. 30 for Baker. The Georgia prospect was a concern for at least two other teams. Baker was placed on the commissioner's exempt list in 2020 because of legal issues and was released by the Giants that September.

The Giants are already off to a better start. He started by taking Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal. Even though the rest of the class of 11 players was skeptical, those picks were universally praised. The New York draft class was the largest in a decade.


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After their first two picks, I don't love the Giants class, but they are good enough to keep this grade on stable ground, according to the explanation given by Mel Kiper.

The newest group of Giants comes with some issues. Robinson is 178 pounds and lacks ideal size. Scouts Inc. said that third-round guard Joshua Ezeudu lacks polish and grades out as a versatile backup with a chance to develop into a starter. During the pre-draft process, some scouts and coaches thought that Thibodeaux was good, but not special.

Nobody knows if any of the 262 players drafted this weekend will be good. For another day, that is analysis. We can judge Schoen's logic.

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It makes sense that he did what he did during his first draft. In Gettleman's first draft as Giants GM, he selected running back Saquon Barkley second overall.

Schoen realized that he couldn't get it all done in one swoop and began a methodical roster change. He had a goal for his class.

We wanted to add depth and competition to the roster, which I think we did. It takes time. Guys need to develop. Depth players and frontline players are required over time. The idea was to get the best we could.

The guys are versatile. You will see that coach BrianDaboll will take the pieces and whatever we have and develop the offensive scheme around those pieces.

It all sounds good for now. There is reason to feel good about how the Giants are operating and where they are going, despite the fact that the roster is not in great shape at this point. It looks coherent rather than being slapped together.

Most of the credit goes to Schoen.