New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese hasn't been all that interested in the catfish story surrounding Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. Instead, being the consummate professional that he is, Reese has focused on Te'o's athletic ability, and despite a poor performance at the NFL Combine, has maintained that the team would eventually talk with him.
Thus far, that has not happened, and while appearing on NBC's "The Crossover" on Wednesday, head coach Tom Coughlin took it a step further, saying he's been unimpressed with the Heisman runner-up.
“Just strictly football, strictly evaluating – I don’t really know the player other than looking at him on tape,” Coughlin said on NBC's The Crossover. “We didn’t interview him in Indianapolis. But he didn’t play well in the National Championship Game. Now anybody can have a bad game. He ran okay [at the combine], but it wasn’t great. So I’ll have to do more research on him. But at this point in time you’re asking me would I be surprised [if he’s available at 19]? No.”
The Giants haven't drafted a linebacker in the first-round since Carl Banks in 1984. Since then, the highest pick has been selecting Clint Sintim in the second-round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Te'o is not likely going to be the one to change that, although there are other potential linebacker options Big Blue will explore.
Bottom line? Coughlin's comments on Te'o are essentially a death sentence. And while the Giants very rarely tip their hand when it comes to the NFL Draft and their plans, it seems pretty clear that the youngster out of Notre Dame is not in them.
Also…Football, Jerry Reese, Manti Te'o, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin