Fix the defense.
That was the marching orders general manager Dave Gettleman put to the franchise heading into this NFL draft. The move to scratch the itch and find the starting quarterback for the future came quickly — and with much angst among the fan base — but after that, there was a tunnel-vision decisiveness as to how the Giants stocked their rookie class.
Two picks Thursday night in the first round. One pick Friday night in the third round. Four more picks off the board Saturday in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. Seven of the 10 picks devoted to one side of the ball.
“It’s pretty obvious by the way the season played out it was pretty bright that we needed to make some significant changes in some areas,’’ coach Pat Shurmur said.
“When we were getting ready to pick there were some offensive players that ended up being in the conversation on the same line and we just made some decisions that directed us towards the defense. We knew we were gonna make some significant changes to the defense.’’