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Pete Prisco and Tom Coughlin are both oddly hitched. The latter was the first head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the former was the first beat writer covering the team at the Florida Times-Union.
Prisco left the newspaper world for online a few months into the new millennium, joining CBSSports.com in November 2000 as a senior writer covering the NFL.
His analysis of the Giants' draft is the first among the experts to include criticism of the Giants' first-round pick:
Second-round defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was dominant at times in college and fills a major need. ... [G]etting quarterback Ryan Nassib in the fourth round to develop makes sense. ... The pick of Pugh in the first round was a bit high, I thought. One pick that could make this draft is third-round defensive end Damontre Moore. He was once thought of as a potential first-round pick. The Giants do know defensive ends.
Big Blue definitely did reach for Pugh. He probably would have gone somewhere in the middle of the second round if the Giants didn’t grab him at 19. He may have even made it back to them at 49.
Instead of drafting Pugh, who is more a luxury than a need, they could have taken linebacker Alec Ogletree or cornerback Xavier Rhodes. New York could have even gone best player on the board and selected defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. The former Florida Gator was widely considered a lock to get drafted in the top 10 as late as last week.
It is also interesting that Prisco is another fan of the Giants' decision to draft Moore. All four experts like that pick for New York, which could be a good thing or the first step toward jinxing him into being a bust.
All the love for Nassib is simply baffling. If he were an undrafted free agent or even a seventh-round pick, the theory of getting a quarterback to develop behind Manning would hold more weight. To use a fourth-round pick and lose a sixth-round pick trading up to secure Nassib, is indefensible, regardless of what the experts think.
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