Choosing the first draft of the general manager with the team means something extra. It will be tied to that player forever, and the choice says something about GM’s thinking process and risk tolerance.
Dave Gettleman and Sakuon Barkley will always be connected. And now there will also be Joe Shoen and Cavon Thibado, a charismatic Oregon racer who landed in New Jersey on Saturday morning with a hoarse voice and a $ 36 million smile.
“To moor it is planned,” 21-year-old Tibado said early Saturday morning on the stage of the auditorium inside the Giants ’East Rutherford complex, New Jersey.
The offensive battle in Alabama, Evan Neil and Thibado, were both thoughtful, personal and authentic during their first meeting with the New York media.
The impressive Nile weighing 6-7 and weighing 340 pounds barely climbed into the doorway when he entered. Overall № 7 said he weighed 378 pounds in eighth grade. Thibado, who was selected fifth overall, shook his head in surprise.
“One thing I take away from the Giants,” said 21-year-old Neil, “is that they’re really trying to get back to that victorious culture. And that’s what I really respect. “
However, Thibodeaux is an exciting prospect. He is a star, a native of Los Angeles who wants to hug the Big Apple, already familiar with the big city on frequent visits over the past two years.
He exudes a mood similar to Odel Beckham Jr. as a playmaker with an electric personality whose name and face could quickly appear on billboards and tents in the area, if not across the country.
He’s so natural on camera that he could host his own national television talk show right now. He had no voice for Saturday dating because he was celebrating his special week.
“I’d say the music just sounded different,” he said. “So that’s why my voice disappeared, because I sang and sang with all my heart.”
It is well documented that some teams have been repulsed by Tibado’s overconfidence, perceptions (right or wrong) of his work ethic and his many off-field efforts.
Some evaluators told the Daily News that they have particular concerns about Thibado’s focus on football in New York. Ahead of him to the “Jaguars” and “Lions” went two passers-by. The Jets, with the head coach who loves passes, passed it to the corner.
Shoen is taking a risk by making his early reputation for such a polarizing player.
“He is a very friendly man,” GM admitted on Thursday. “He has a lot of personality.”
However, Thibodeaux revealed Saturday why the Giants were confident he could handle it: he is aware of himself. And while he’s going to be himself, he knows his actions need to speak louder.
“I feel the same with me, you can’t be a smoke guy,” Thibado said. “I can’t be a guy who has nothing to show. I can’t be a guy to be looked at and disbelieved, right? So for me, whatever I say, I know I need to get to work. ”
Thibado also said – when asked about some scouts criticizing his “brand” for distraction – that he tested his ego at the Giants ’door.
“When I was given the textbook, it was in the shape of an iPad, and I learn best to write,” he said. “So for me it was as if the brand had come out the window. The only thing I can do now is a collection of games. “
Thibado even said that teacher Michael Strehan, the great chaser of the giants, advised him in the first place to “keep the main thing.”
“Football will be the term for everything you want to do afterwards while you keep the main thing,” he said.
Asked if he prefers Strakhan’s football career or his post-football career, he replied: “They’re both funny, but for me I feel like I want to pave my own path. He did great things that he did, thanks to the work he put in. So I have to go invest in myself and build that legacy for myself. ”
Thibado has admitted that he is “ignorant” of the Giants ’history of great passes outside of Strahan, and he needs to“ do some research ”on all the great players he hopes to follow.
But before he can study Lawrence Taylor, Leonard Marshall, Justin Taka, Ossie Umeniora and the like, he needs to get down to business:
He is looking to buy number 5 on a T-shirt from Kicker Graham Gan, who apparently is asking the newcomer for $ 250,000 in return.
“Just know, it’s real now, we’re talking real numbers,” Thibado said with a laugh. “And when you tell someone 250, I don’t know what 250 means. You forget all the zeros behind it. Now everything is different. “
Thibado admitted that № 5 is “what I seek”, but said that he respects Gano and, knowing that the kicker has five children, “there must be a lot of negotiations before anything is shaken.”
But he also said that “numbers don’t make a player; the player makes the score ”. And he said he felt a real early bond with Shoan and defense coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale when they met.
“You can’t fake it, understand?” he said.
Neil and Thibado are clearly exhausted from all the emotions of the last 48 hours.
“Those few days have been amazing,” Neil said. “They have been around for a long time. But they were amazing. “
But they will soon have the opportunity to put their stamp on the direction of this Giants franchise. And Tibado’s journey promises to be particularly exciting and influential on how Shawn’s mastery ends up shaking up.