Bruce Allen: Giants GM has 'no clue' about our draft strategy

Chris Lingebach
May 01, 2019 - 5:44 pm
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It may be years before we know whether it's the Giants or Redskins who ended up with the better quarterback in 2019.

In the meantime, Giants GM Dave Gettleman is taking bullets from all sides for selecting Daniel Jones sixth overall.

After the draft, Gettleman claimed to know of two teams who were planning to draft Jones ahead of the Giants' second first-round pick at 17. Others identified the Broncos and Redskins as those teams.

"I know for a fact there were two teams who would have taken him in front of 17," Gettleman said. "I know that for a fact."

The Broncos ended up trading the 10th overall pick and the Redskins selected Haskins at 15, so there's no real way of knowing who's telling the truth here. In fact, we'll probably never know.

Enter Redskins president Bruce Allen, who sniped Gettleman from long range in a Tuesday night NFL Network appearance.

"Gettleman said after the draft that he knew for a fact that two teams were gonna take Daniel Jones before their 17th pick came up," Total Access host Lindsay Rhodes said to Allen. "And some people have reported that you were one of those teams. Is that true?"

"We picked the player we wanted to pick," Allen said. "I'm almost positive Dave has no clue what our draft board would be. I don't know which draft boards he knows, but he doesn't know ours."

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Allen was then asked how Haskins making it past six impacted their thinking.

"Well, there were still a lot of good football players, and they started to go bang, bang, bang," Allen said. "We felt comfortable that Dwayne was going to come to us, but when it happened, we were excited. But we didn't celebrate for too long, as you mentioned, when we went back into the first round to get Montez Sweat."

Rhodes inquired about how Haskins might fit into a crowded QB room at Redskins Park, alongside Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and Alex Smith.

"It's a great situation for any quarterback we're going to bring in and Dwayne's excited about it," Allen said. "Our reigning NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes, he learned at the hip of Alex Smith. And Alex is going to be a part of our program. We still don't know from the doctors if he's gonna play – what time in the season – but he's going to be a part of our program.

"He'll be able to learn from Case Keenum and Colt McCoy, and then our coaching staff is filled with former quarterbacks, and of course we have the great Doug Williams in the building. It's going to be a great learning experience for him and we're gonna make sure he has a great career."

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