- He's an effort player. **
"Effort, I like the effort," Coughlin said at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. "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." 2. He wants to be a Giant.
Coughlin said that Odighizuwa was in tears when he received the call that he was going to the New York Giants, a franchise known for producing accomplished defensive linemen.
"Snap to whistle, he is going after it," vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross said. "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." **3. He will help win the line of scrimmage.
Coming off last season, Coughlin's biggest concerns were the inconsistencies in the run game as well as stopping the run. The Giants have addressed both sides of the ball through the first two days of the draft as the 6-foot-3, 267-pound Odighizuwa was the second physical defender taken on Friday night following the team moving up to pick Alabama safety Landon Collins. On Thursday, the Giants drafted a "battleship" in Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers in the first round.
*4. His combine numbers jumped off the page. **
Odighizuwa stood out at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, posting top-tier numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.62 seconds), vertical jump (39 inches), broad jump (127 inches), 20-yard shuttle (4.19 seconds) and the 60-yard shuttle (11.75 seconds).
"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," general manager Jerry Reese said. "You rarely see guys with this kind of athletic ability with respect with the gymnastic numbers show. 5. He has room to grow.
Odighizuwa's raw talent is undeniable, but as Reese said in his press conference, the team thinks he can be a core special teams player as he acclimates to the pro level.
"He is going to have to learn," Coughlin said. "He is relatively new to the game. He is going to have to learn the nuances. I just don't 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."
Photos of UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa