It's hard not to get excited for the NFL draft.
Next month, the Giants are slated to select seven new rookies—not including undrafted free agents. These new players will each play a part in New York's attempt at a turnaround in 2014. With the team in a state of reconstruction, some of these youngsters are bound to see playing time in their first season as professionals.
These impending additions give Giants fans good reason for optimism.
However, with head coach Tom Coughlin still calling the shots, it is wise to curb some of this enthusiasm. Coughlin doesn't normally trust rookies in roles requiring a high degree of responsibility. This tends to aggravate the fans, who are generally impatient when it comes to seeing New York's new draft picks get on the field.
So, is Coughlin just a grumpy, old worrywart, or are his concerns legitimate?
The evidence supporting his case is overwhelming. Almost every season since Coughlin took over as New York's head coach (2004), a rookie mistake or two has either cost or nearly cost the Giants a game. There are only 16 games in an NFL season, and no team can afford to drop one due to boneheaded inexperience.
This slideshow will highlight nine notable rookie mistakes that occurred on Coughlin's watch.