Jones' pick was, fairly or unfairly, ridiculed in real time by national and local sports media members as a reach. Primed to be the successor to Eli Manning, the Duke quarterback is of the Eli mold -- close with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, associated with the Mannings, tall with a similar demeanor -- but was not considered by many scouts and draft experts to be the second-best QB in the draft or one at least worthy of the sixth overall pick.
But Gettleman insisted that letting Jones slip to No. 17 would have been too big a risk to take.
If Gettleman was telling the truth, then the Giants' selection of Jones, though shocking in the moment, was necessary. If New York's evaluation of Jones was that he was the best quarterback remaining in the draft and more importantly the right one for the franchise, then it would have been malpractice in-house to pass on him.
If you love him, don't let him go.
Another explanation like this from Gettleman won't be enough to pacify an angry fan base that has seen in less than two years the general manager trade away Damon Harrison and Odell Beckham, let Landon Collins walk to Washington and draft a divisive QB earlier than expected, all the while obfuscating his true intentions in free-wheeling sit-downs with the press. But it offers context and perspective to a conversation that, at least on Gotham's airwaves, is sorely lacking it.