FanPost

First Round Draft Picks: In Gettleman We Trust?

Before he was the GM at Carolina, David Gettleman was the Pro Personnel Director for the New York Giants. From 1999-2012, he was heavily involved in the Giants’ decisions on draft day, helping his GMs make sense of stats and scout recommendations.

So how did the Giants do in the first round of the NFL Draft with Gettleman in their ear?

Astonishingly well, actually. First round picks during that period played an average of 14.4 games the following season. And all of them turned into consistent starters, no matter where they were taken in the first round. Take a look at the list below. There’s not a single "bust" in the lot. It certainly bodes well for the Panthers come Thursday night.

Of course, Gettleman didn’t have final say on who the Giants picked in those drafts. Ernie Accorsi and Jerry Reese did. But no one had more influence on those GMs on draft day than David Gettleman.

And Gettleman did have final say on the Panthers’ 2013 first round pick, Star Lotulelei, who started all 16 games in 2013.

If the Panthers keep their first round pick on Thursday, odds are Gettleman won’t waste it on a bust. History shows he’s extremely likely to pick a solid, instant-impact player who'll be a starter for years to come.

Year - Draft Pos - Player - Games Played the Following Season

2012 - 32 - David Wilson (RB) 16 games

2011 - 19 - Prince Amukamara (DB) 7 games

2010 - 15 - Jason Pierre-Paul (DE)

2009 - 29 - Hakeem Nicks (WR) 14 games

2008 - 31 - Kenny Phillips (FS) 16 games

2007 - 20 - Aaron Ross (CB) 15 games

2006 - 31 - Mathias Kiwanuka (DE) 16 games

2005 - No First Round Pick

2004 - 4 - Philip Rivers (QB) Traded to San Diego

2003 - 25 - William Joseph (DT) 14 games

2002 - 14 - Jeremy Shockey (TE) 15 games

2001 - 22 - Will Allen (CB) 13 games

2000 - 11 - Ron Dayne (RB) 16 games

1999 - 19 - Luke Petitgout (G) 15 games

The content of these posts are those of the user/fan making the post only

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker