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I think I'm going to love having this guy on the team

 

Here are four really great interviews with Reese, TC, Marc Ross, and Odighizuwa himself.

 

I'm going to love this guy. Coughlin called him and said the big man was crying when he found out he was going to be a Giant. Tough S.O.B. with a tender heart.

 

Anyway, with no further ado:

 

With their third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (pronounced Oh-wah-MAH-bay Oh-DIGGY-zoo-wah) of UCLA.

 

SCOUTING REPORT: Odighizuwa is an extremely well-built (63, 267 pounds) and athletic defensive end with long arms and huge hands. He plays with power and strength and is a good run defender. He is a versatile player who can play inside in pass rush situations. Odighizuwa flashes explosive pass rush ability (4.59 40-yard dash) but he needs more technique work in that area. Odighizuwa is a hard working, competitive team leader with a non-stop motor. He missed the 2013 season due to two hip labrum surgeries.

 

GENERAL MANAGER JERRY REESE

 

Opening Statement: Hes a defensive end. Great athlete. Big and fast. Long arms. Big Hands. Really a clean player, captain. There are a lot of things to like about him. He plays hard. We think theres a lot of upside. When you start picking guys in the third round, those are guys that have some things they have to get better at, some developmental qualities that they have to get better at, but this guy, all of his gymnastic stuff he did at the combine were really off the charts. You rarely see guys with this kind of athletic ability with respect with the gymnastic numbers show. Theres a lot of things to like about him. We just think we can get a guy in the third round whos going to be a core special teams player while hes learning how to adjust to the game up here. Hes a big, powerful guy. An amazing body. Were hoping to hit on this guy as a pass-rusher. He can play inside. Our coaches like that he can go inside and play. We think hell be a matchup problem as an inside rusher as well.

 

Q: He will be a defensive end for you?

 

A: Hes a defensive end.

 

Q: Any concern with the hip surgery he had?

 

A: We talked about that, but our doctors think hes fine and they cleared him, so we picked him. That definitely was a concern for us, but he has no restrictions at this point.

 

Q: Would you have considered him with the 40th pick in the second round if you did not trade up?

 

A: We had some more guys.

 

Q: You were or were not ready to talk about him at that pick?

 

A: We were not ready to talk about him at that point.

 

Q: You talked about his personality. He was a captain at UCLA.

 

A: He was a captain. He really blew us away in the interview process at the combine. He was really good. With the video stuff, he knew all the schemes and where people lined up and played. He was impressive that way. He has already graduated. Hes very smart. You guys will like him. Hell be a media guy. You guys will like him.

 

Q: Youve taken fliers on athletes in the draft.

 

A: I wouldnt call him a flier because our defensive coaches say theres a lot of things to like about him. They really like him. I wouldnt call him a flier. Justin Tuck was a third round pick and he ended up being a pretty good player for us. Were hoping that he can be in that same mold to come in and like Justin started out playing a lot on special teams and develop into a really good player. We think this guy can do the same thing.

 

Q: What kind of a pass-rusher is he?

 

A: He had six sacks. Hes a hard rusher. I think he can learn a lot of things with the pro coaching up here. I dont think hes an ultra pass-rusher at this point, but I think he has the tools to be a really good pass rusher.

 

Q: What do you see as his top skill?

 

A: I think he equally plays the run and plays the pass. I think hes a good player both ways. With respect to what his top skill is, Im not sure what his top skill is. His compete and his effort is what his top skill will be until he really learns how to hone his skills and play the type of technique that we like up here for the New York Giants.

 

 

DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE SCOUTING MARC ROSS

 

Q: What about him did you personally see that you liked?

 

: First thing you see when you see the guy on the field, he is built. He looks like an NFL football player. He is strapped up, put together. At this point, he is a big guy that plays hard. He plays physical. He is strong. Snap to whistle, he is going after it. He is a team captain. He loves ball. He loves playing. That is what we are looking for. Premier position. He has rushed from the inside and outside. That gives you some flexibility there. He has special teams temperament. He is a great young man.

 

Q: What kind of a pass rusher is he?

 

A: He is more of a power guy on the outside. They put him inside, so he uses his quickness a little more inside. He is actually more accomplished inside right now than outside. Outside, he is a power guy let me try to run you over. He has some sneaky quickness inside, so they do both with him. That was definitely attractive to us and our defensive coaches.

 

Q: Did having [Coach Spagnuolo] here change anything that you were looking for in defensive players?

 

A: No, not really. It has been about the same. We look for productive guys that play hard and are good athletes. Spags has been here before, so when we first started meetings, nothing changed. Once we started meetings, we just jumped back in. The familiarity with him was great, but there was nothing that changed or he said, Hey, I need this since I have been gone or we need this, we need that. It has all pretty much been the same.

 

Q: You said before Coach Coughlin wanted a pass rusher Did it just so happen that you ended up with a pass rusher?

 

A: It just happened to end up that way. We knew [Coughlin] liked him. I spent a lot of time with Tom after the season, once we do the Combine, pro days and all that. We spent a lot of time together. I have a good idea of the guys he really likes. Again, we are on the same page, Tom, Jerry [Reese] and I, and the scouts and coaches. We all talk it out and hash it out together and have a good synergy going on with everybody. There are really no surprises or guys jumping on the table pushing for people. We talk things out. We are prepared. We feel like we come to good decisions as a unit and as a team.

 

Q: Did you feel like you needed to come away from the draft with a pass rusher?

 

A: It is always good to get ends. If you can go into a draft and get a defensive end who everybody likes, then that is a good goal. We never set out and have a checklist of players that we say we have to get. We set the board up by the players we like. We hope they fill a position of need and value. We just attack in that kind of way.

 

Q: How would you describe how the draft has gone so far overall?

 

A: I think the biggest thing that jumped out is all three of these guys bring a physical toughness to our team. They are three different positions. A passion, a toughness, a physicalness at their position. I think that is the common thread with the three of them.

 

Q: Do you see anything there with him and Justin Tuck?

 

A: It never crossed my mind.

 

Q: Could you see him moving inside and being a successful pass rusher?

 

A: Yeah, he did that there. That is one of the things we like. We have been successful moving guys around and we think he brings us that versatility. [Robert] Ayers can do it, [Odighizuwa] can do it, so hopefully we have some versatility with a few of those guys.

 

Q: Did [Odighizuwa] rush from the inside at UCLA?

 

A: Yeah.

 

Q: What makes him good at it?

 

A: He has sneaky quickness inside. He has enough power and strength to power through the gaps. That is how he beat guys.

 

Q: Have you seen signs from studying him last year of medical conditions?

 

A: No, none at all. We have a great medical staff. Those guys go through the ringer with that. There were no limitations on the field, workout wise. The guy is a beast working out. It didnt limit him at all.

 

Q: Is this the kind of guy profile-wise who pops out to you?

 

A: Yeah, at this point in the draft, when you are going through the checklist and talking about players. You say, He is big. He is fast. He is a good athlete. He plays hard. He is smart. He is a captain. Okay, he is productive. You are going down all these things and saying, Alright, in the third round, these are a lot of attractive attributes that he has. This is the kind of guy you need to try to work with. Throw him in the mix. He has the special teams temperament right away. Hopefully he will get on the field and contribute in some sort of packages versus the run and pass. At this point in the draft, a guy with all these positive traits is very attractive.

 

HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN

 

Opening Statement: This guy is a great effort player. When I got on the phone he was crying. He was so happy, so excited. He brings a lot to the table. His testing, his gym numbers out at the Combine are out of sight. 11 [inch] hands. Strong, very, very strong. We think he can rush from the inside or the outside. We think he can play certainly a 9 and a 6-I on first and second down. I am not sure he will be a five-technique. He is a strong player. Gives great effort. He is fast and can play on special teams. He will be a contributor that way. He gives us that force that could be a left-end. I am not going to nail that down just yet. He certainly can play on that side. We are excited to have him.

 

Q: Do you see any Justin Tuck comparisons?

 

A: I certainly hope the results are that.

 

Q: What is it about [Odighizuwa's] game that you like?

 

A: Effort. I like the effort. I like to see a guy that just goes and goes and goes. He seems to have that kind of a motor. I like that. He plays hard.

 

Q: How important is that physicality that you guys talk about?

 

A: Very important. What I always talk about you have to win the line of scrimmage with the defensive line and the offensive line. I think this guy gives us a chance to get back into that business, run or pass.

 

Q: Can he do that right away?

 

A: He is going to have to learn. He is relatively new to the game. He is going to have to learn the nuances. I just dont want to slow him down while we are teaching him. We will try to anticipate those types of things. He is smart. He has graduated. He has been a captain. He played in a sophisticated system.

 

 

THE INTERVIEW WITH ODIGHIZUWA

 

Q: Tom Coughlin said you were emotional when he spoke to you today. Can you explain what that call meant to you?

 

A: I was definitely very emotional. Just finally getting my name called and knowing that Im going to be living out my dream and working and playing professional football was a very emotional moment for me.

 

Q: Is this around where you thought you would go and was there any indication it would be to the Giants?

 

A: Honestly, I wasnt sure which team it was, but a lot of people were saying different things and I was just waiting it out to see who was going to call my name. But anything goes on draft day, so I was just excited to get my name called.

 

Q: Do you think your hip issues in 2013 caused your stock to drop a little bit?

 

A: Im sure that could have played a part in it. There could be a lot of different factors. You just never know what teams are thinking when it comes to draft day. Regardless of what it was, thats behind me. Im looking forward to just being a part of this organization and competing and getting ready to play football.

 

Q: Where do you think your best position is going to be on that defensive line?

 

A: Honestly, I think I can play anywhere that the coaches want me to play, whether its strongside or weakside defensive end or even rushing as a three technique on passing downs. I think my versatility in what I bring to the table is an upside for what the coach wants for the defense and for the team.

 

Q: Could you describe your own game and your strengths?

 

A: Im a relentless player. Im physical. My athletic ability allows me to do a lot of different things, like I was saying with my versatility. I think thats what really helps me as a football player.

 

Q: How much do you know about Justin Tuck and what he did here?

 

A: I know hes a great player who was drafted out of Notre Dame in the (third) round and I know that I was watching him my sophomore year in high school when they were playing New England in the Super Bowl and the Giants defensive line inspired me and made me want to be a better defensive line with Osi Umenyiora, with Justin Tuck, I believe number 94 (Mathias Kiwanuka, who did not play in Super Bowl 42). But I know Justin Tuck is a great player. Hes really, really physical and thats a guy that I try to learn some things from, but I know a lot about the Giants defensive line. I could go all day with what I know about their defensive line play. With Michael Strahan, obviously hes a Hall of Fame player. He won a Super Bowl. He went out on a bang, so to speak. The last year he played, they won a Super Bowl, but he had a great career with the Giants. He was drafted out of Texas (Southern). I believe it was in the (second) round, which makes me put things in perspective with me. For me as a competitor, I want to be drafted as high as possible, it doesnt work out but my thing is a lot of great players come in different rounds and make an impact. I know Michael Strahan was one of them. I know Osi Umenyiora was one of them. I know Justin Tuck is another guy. I know the Giants have a great tradition with drafting great defensive linemen. Jason Pierre-Paul is one of them. I looked up to him coming out of (South Florida). Is it South Florida? I cant remember. Im very excited about this opportunity that I get to learn. I think its going to help me develop as a football player. My goal is to just be the best that I can be and take my game to the next level. Youve got to start somewhere and learn from guys whove been there and done that. Im excited about it. I think its a great opportunity for me.

 

Q: How did you get to know so much from the Giants out on the West Coast?

 

A: It may sound weird, but I just love football. Its just something that I like to study to get better as a player. When I tell you that the Giants defensive line inspired me as a player, its no joke. The way they played is really what sparked my thirst for wanting to be better as a d-lineman. I remember in college watching the year Osi Umenyiora had six sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles. I watched his highlights over and over again. I watched his drills that he did with the d-line coach who coaches guys out of Atlanta. There was a video of him on YouTube and I was watching it over and over again. I was doing every drill that he did. The list goes on and on. I was watching Michael Strahan and how he plays. I studied everything about the Giants defensive line. I studied Jason Pierre-Paul the year he went off. They know their defensive line.

 

Q: You get to play under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. How excited are you for that opportunity?

 

A: Im extremely excited. Ive been waiting to be in this situation where I can just be a defensive end getting after the quarterback, playing physical against the run, just playing that traditional four down over, under defense. Ive been looking forward to that for a very long time.

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So where are those Sportswrath members who have spent the last few years bitching about Reese going for athletes instead of football players?

 

I'm actually wondering how long before fans start calling for Moore/JPPs head and wanting Orangutan Oscillator to start while saying "THE COACHES DONT PLAY THE YOUNG GUYS HURRR DURRR"

 

I'm gonna say game five.

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So many things I like about this kid. His flexibility to move inside for a NASCAR package, or play outside. Relentless motor. Run stuffer. 56 pressures against tough competition. And just a nice kid.

 

But the biggest thing (IMO) is his defense against the run. He sheds blocks and stuffs RBs, which makes our LBs and safeties that much better. So in two slick moves to get Collins and Diggy-zoo, we have increased our ability to really have a run stuffing defense. And if you guys forgot, this has been a problem for this team.

 

Regardless - the Giants are getting tougher and nastier, while sticking to the plan to fill the roster with high character, good clean football players. They aren't going to the "water well of thugs" like the Cowboys. We don't need that off field bullshit that effects a whole team.

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So many things I like about this kid. His flexibility to move inside for a NASCAR package, or play outside. Relentless motor. Run stuffer. 56 pressures against tough competition. And just a nice kid.

 

But the biggest thing (IMO) is his defense against the run. He sheds blocks and stuffs RBs, which makes our LBs and safeties that much better. So in two slick moves to get Collins and Diggy-zoo, we have increased our ability to really have a run stuffing defense. And if you guys forgot, this has been a problem for this team.

 

Regardless - the Giants are getting tougher and nastier, while sticking to the plan to fill the roster with high character, good clean football players. They aren't going to the "water well of thugs" like the Cowboys. We don't need that off field bullshit that effects a whole team.

 

To be fair there were posters here saying that if the Giant's took Gregory that Coughlin and company would keep him straight since he's an "excellent football player"

 

But the moment he gets drafted by the Cowboys he's instantly worse than TO and a cancer to everything around him lol

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To be fair there were posters here saying that if the Giant's took Gregory that Coughlin and company would keep him straight since he's an "excellent football player"

 

But the moment he gets drafted by the Cowboys he's instantly worse than TO and a cancer to everything around him lol

True that.

 

I didn't want him on the Giants, but I really didn't want him going to any team in our division or the Patriots or Jets. Hoping he landed in San Diego, Oakland, Tennessee, etc. I want the worst for the Cowboys so I'm crossing my fingers that he ends up out of the league by the end of the season.

 

Remember the old days when Tom Landry cut "Hollywood Henderson" for showboating after a touchdown. Henderson was one of their top players and was their first round draft pick. But he showboated with an "in yer face" dance to piss off Redskins fans and Landry cut him. He had no room for classless acts or anything less than displaying high character. He put class into the team. Jerry Jones removed it completely.

 

Seriously, can you imagine a coach today who would cut their best player, a first round draft pick, simply for hamming it up for the TV cameras after a touchdown? If there was a coach who would do that today, it'd be TC

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True that.

 

I didn't want him on the Giants, but I really didn't want him going to any team in our division or the Patriots or Jets. Hoping he landed in San Diego, Oakland, Tennessee, etc. I want the worst for the Cowboys so I'm crossing my fingers that he ends up out of the league by the end of the season.

 

Remember the old days when Tom Landry cut "Hollywood Henderson" for showboating after a touchdown. Henderson was one of their top players and was their first round draft pick. But he showboated with an "in yer face" dance to piss off Redskins fans and Landry cut him. He had no room for classless acts or anything less than displaying high character. He put class into the team. Jerry Jones removed it completely.

 

Seriously, can you imagine a coach today who would cut their best player, a first round draft pick, simply for hamming it up for the TV cameras after a touchdown? If there was a coach who would do that today, it'd be TC

 

Yeah no kidding, the last time I can recall that was Gruden with that WR there, Keyshawn Johnson? I think his name was.

 

He was all about 'me' in Tampa and Gruden shopped him back to the Cowboys.

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I personally put character as a big factor in the players I want the Giants to draft. I did not want Gregory at all. So I can say whatever I want about him being a cancer. Doesn't surprise me the Cowboys took him. They suck.

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