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Quotes: GM Joe Schoen, HC Brian Daboll, WR Wan'Dale Robinson, OL Josh Ezeudu, CB Cor'Dale Flott

ROUND 2

GM JOE SCHOEN & HC BRIAN DABOLL

JOE SCHOEN: We took Wan'Dale Robinson out of Kentucky. Good football player we've had our eye on, generator with the ball in his hands, very good run after the catch, very good route runner, can separate. And for what we are going to do offensively, we thought he would be a very good fit for us.

Q. Did you go into this day thinking, I want to trade down?

JOE SCHOEN: Yes.

Q. And the reason for that?

JOE SCHOEN: We just thought it was what was best for us at this time. More picks would benefit us the most we thought based on who was on our board.

Q. So would you stay at 36 or did you have a pick there?

JOE SCHOEN: We had deals in place before the Draft started. So we were confident. We knew we could move back. That was part of the plan.

Q. Both deals were in place?

JOE SCHOEN: We had a couple deals in place, and then the one at 38 wasn't necessarily in place, but it was something that we had talked about we would potentially be able to do, and then we were able to do it.

Q. Seems like a similar type of skillset to Kadarius Toney. Does bringing him in impact --

JOE SCHOEN: Is that a bad thing?

Q. I'm not saying it's a bad thing. Does it impact Kadarius at all?

JOE SCHOEN: You guys saw Kadarius. I'll take as many of those guys as we can on the field. Again, he's a generator when the ball is in his hands. He can run after a catch. He can separate from DBs, he gets open. He played some running back at Nebraska. That's a versatile piece you can use in your offense. If you look at some of the other guys, how you can use them, and if you look at Daboll's past or you look at Kafka's past in terms of the creativeness in their offense and the weapons they can utilize, I think you can kind of see what the vision may look like.

Q. Brian, is he the kind of guy you look at, do you start thinking about all the different pieces you have already?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I think you do that when you evaluate all these prospects, is make sure they are a fit for your team, whether it's a receiver or a guy that plays in the back end or up front guys, what they can do for you.

Like Joe mentioned, versatile, got quickness, explosiveness, he's tough even for a smaller guy. Been a very productive player really going back to high school when he played there in Kentucky. So a guy we're anxious to get our hands on and work with and implement into our scheme.

Q. You're not going to be able to coach him bigger. Is size a concern?

BRIAN DABOLL: I've coached a lot of small guys: Deion Branch, Super Bowl MVP, Isaiah McKenzie last year.

I mean, your job as a receiver is to get open and catch the ball, however that may be. Some guys are quicker. Some guys are faster. Some guys are bigger. But if they can find a way to generate and get open, then you use their skillset to the best of your ability.

Q. What was out there with Kadarius recently, would this affect his future with the team at all? Would you view it that way?

JOE SCHOEN: We like the player. If he can be like Kadarius when he's on the field and he's healthy, we'll take as many of those guys as we can.

BRIAN DABOLL: Kadarius has had a good week.

Q. Did you expect Robinson to be available for you at this point?

JOE SCHOEN: Yeah, we were hoping so. When we looked at certain players that may be there, he was a guy we thought could potentially be there and we have a very clear vision for the player and look forward to utilizing him.

Q. Did I hear you say Kadarius had a good week?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I said Kadarius had a good week. Good to see him. Jumped right in and chugging along.

Q. Have you shut the door on trying to trade him?

JOE SCHOEN: We're not shopping Kadarius Toney.

Q. So you're not going to trade him?

JOE SCHOEN: Reflect on what I just said.

Q. When a cornerback went right before, was that someone on your radar, seemed like a guy that fit with your needs?

JOE SCHOEN: Yeah, he's a guy we spent time on, good football player. It was Minnesota that took him. But yeah, we are happy with who we got in Wan'Dale?

Q. When you do trade down, you got a bunch of guys circled, you know you're going to miss this guy, this guy and that's just the way it is, do you have four or five guys that you say, we're good with all these guys?

JOE SCHOEN: We had a bunch of guys circled. Some needs that we need to address, so we're working on that and we'll continue to work on that through tonight and tomorrow.

Q. Were you were shopping those picks --

JOE SCHOEN: Shopping, yes, that's something I was shopping.

Q. Were you surprised that there weren't many teams coming up for the quarterbacks?

JOE SCHOEN: Yeah, when teams call you and they want to make moves, you don't really know what -- you can speculate but you don't really know what they are coming up for. We did get some calls from teams from further back today, and we speculated that that may be what it was. But you never really know what they are coming up for.

So you just have to be, hey, these are the players, this is how many picks I'm moving back and there's a chance you're going to lose a couple of these players, is there still going to be somebody there that you're happy with. So that's kind what have we take into account when we do consider moving back, who may or may not be there.

Q. Did you give any thought to taking a quarterback in the second round given the value?

JOE SCHOEN: No, we didn't.

Q. Have teams been unwilling to trade picks in next year's draft?

JOE SCHOEN: It's come up in a couple conversations, but it was moves that really didn't make sense for us. Wasn't a win for us by any means in those conversations that we had.

Q. You guys both saw McKenzie when he grew up in Buffalo. Is Wan'Dale somebody like that? Do you see similarities to what you guys were able to do with McKenzie?

BRIAN DABOLL: I hate to compare guys from one system to the next. I understand the question relative to their size and some of their abilities. I'm just anxious to get him in here. He had good production on his college tape and a guy we thought we could utilize. Some of it will probably be like Isaiah, I would assume, but I don't want to say that's for certain until we get him in the building. But he was excited. It was a good call.

Q. Is this kid Robinson a slot or is he slot and outside too or what?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I think he can do both. You know, I think he can play inside, and I think he's strong enough and fast enough, even though he's a smaller, shorter guy, that he can contribute outside, too.

Again, what we're trying to do is put as many generating pieces out there to create pace and stretch the field, whether it be vertical or horizontally, and this is another good guy that has ability to run after catch, which is an important aspect of it.

Again, receivers, and I understand the questions, they come in all different shapes. You know, there's big, tall guys that can make unbelievable contested catches. There's shorter quicker guys that give them five yards and they are going to create separation, and ultimately our job is to figure out what we have here between KG and KT and Shep. We have to figure out our pieces and put them in the right spot. Slayton.

Q. He had a bunch of drops. Do you see something in his hands or something you can fix?

BRIAN DABOLL: I think he's got good hands, yeah.

WR WAN'DALE ROBINSON

Q. Were you surprised the Giants called you this early? Did you expect to go at this point in the draft?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: I always felt like I was talented enough to be picked this early. I just felt like somebody just had to believe in me and not believe in the hype thing and just believe in the football player.

Q. What kind of player are the Giants getting? Give us your self-scouting report.

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: A tough, elusive, exciting -- just a playmaker.

Q. How much contact did you have with the Giants during the pre-draft process?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: I had talked to them at the Combine, and I talked to them through Zooms. Then I had a meeting a week or two right before with the GM and assistant GM.

Q. Do you know (Wide Receiver) Kadarius Toney? You played in the same conference with him, right?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: Well, I didn't -- I wasn't in the SEC the years that he was there. So, I didn't get to see him in person but I know who he is.

Q. Do you think your game resembles his in any way?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: I mean, I think we all have our separate ways and different types of games, and I think we probably do some of the things that are similar and can do things that are alike in the short game and intermediate game and things like that. But at the end of the day, we are just play-makers I think.

Q. When you talked to Coach Daboll, did he give you a clear vision of what he thinks you can do in his offense?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: Just come in and be a versatile piece and just do a lot of different things for the offense. At the end of the day, I just want to come in and help the team win.

Q. How often have you heard over your career that you're not big enough?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: I've heard that my whole entire career, so it's nothing new to me. At the end of the day just another obstacle you've got to overcome just with what people think. For myself, I don't think it's a challenge or anything.

Q. Do you liken your game to anybody else out there that we would know?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: I try to take pieces of everybody's game, all the top receivers in the game, (Rams Wide Receiver) Cooper Kupp, just being in the same offense that he was last year I had to watch a lot of him. (Raiders Wide Receiver) Davante Adams, (Bills Wide Receiver) Stefon Diggs, there are a lot of guys that I like to take pieces of their game from to try to make it my own. Not try to be anybody.

Q. How much do you think you went under the radar? I think you caught a hundred plus passes but when people were talking about the receivers in this Draft, your name was not coming up that often with the top guys.

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: I mean, at the end of the day, I just felt like everybody has their own opinion. I wasn't trying to get caught up in that. I just felt like at the end of the day I was going to end up where I was supposed to. I just needed one team to take that chance on me and I was going it give them all I've got.

Q. Do you know anything about New York or New Jersey?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: Not too much, no actually. I was just there a couple weeks for "Good Morning Football" and that was the first time I had ever been to New York. I'm ready.

Q. What did you think?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: It was big. A lot of people (laughs).

Q. Who are you with? What was it like getting the call? Can you paint the picture for us?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: I'm at this hotel here in Lexington. I've got a lot of family and friends, quite a bit of people. Really my entire family on both sides, my mom and dad, and a lot of my friends and teammates. It's a full house.

Q. What do you like about lining up all over the field? I know you've played slot and you've even lined up at running back and you've done all this stuff. How much do you like your ability to do all that?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: I mean that's what I pride myself on. I like being a guy that can do all the things equally well, not just doing one thing, stand out well. Just being able to do everything on the field so that way the defense doesn't know what I'm going to do whenever I'm in the game.

Q. How many times did (Kentucky Quarterback) Will (Levis) throw the ball in a game last season?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: I can't tell you exactly a number. There were games that we were more throw-heavy, just depending on the team. Then there were games that – our offensive line was very good – so if there were games we were able to run it the whole game, we were doing that.

Q. Capital D in your name after the apostrophe, right?

WAN'DALE ROBINSON: Yes. Yes, Mom will get mad if she sees that (laughs).

ROUND 3

GM JOE SCHOEN & HC BRIAN DABOLL

Q. So Josh Ezeudu out of North Carolina?

JOE SCHOEN: So Josh Ezeudu out of North Carolina, a player we liked obviously. History of playing multiple spots on the offensive line. He's got guard-tackle flex. Again, we'll bring him in, I'm not sure, not going to say exactly where we're going to start him, but we like the versatility that he can play guard, he can play tackle, compete to start probably inside, with outside flex.

And then Cor'Dale Flott is a guy we liked out of LSU, athletic kid, versatility, play inside, outside. Both kids we spent a lot of time with throughout the spring, and we're happy to have them.

Q. How do you view your cornerback position? Can Aaron Robinson play 80, 60 snaps a game?

JOE SCHOEN: We are excited about him, just getting to know him, getting to see him move around the last couple weeks. That group, the coaching staff is back, so we're excited about him. I'm not going to make any predictions or anything in terms of play time or any of that. We've still got a long way to go, but he's definitely going to be competing for a starting job.

Q. Josh, in games, would switch spots.

JOE SCHOEN: Impressive. He's impressive. It's rare. I was fortunate enough to see him play live twice this year, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. He's a big man, and it's impressive. Again, he could play multiple spots not only on a week-to-week basis but within a game, within drives. So it's very impressive, and he's an outstanding kid. You guys will like getting to know him.

Q. Flott, he's not the biggest guy, but do you see him as a guy who can play outside, or do you see him primarily as a guy who is better suited in the slot?

JOE SCHOEN: I think position one, ideally, he's inside, but he can play inside and outside. He has height, and he does have length. And again, the kid is 20 years old. I believe he turns 21 in August or September. I think it's August.

So still young, still developing. Three-year guy at LSU that played in a really talented backfield and a good conference.

We're excited. He's got really good movement skills to play inside, but with the size and length, can play outside as well.

Q. Seems like you were prepared for every possible situation. Did you see the quarterbacks slipping like they have so far? I think there was one in the first 73 picks. How has that affected the Draft for teams like you that are not picking a quarterback?

JOE SCHOEN: I'm a little surprised that there are a couple guys still on the board, at least they are when I walked down here. With all the pre-Draft chatter, I assumed a couple of those guys would already be gone.

Q. Does that push guys that you had lower, does that push them up?

JOE SCHOEN: Guys that were lower, push them up? Not really. The quarterback position, again, the amount of quarterbacks that are taken, it's not like a different position group where there's high volume. I wouldn't say that's the case there.

Q. Was there a point today where you started to maybe consider that because you didn't expect these guys to fall to this point?

JOE SCHOEN: Yeah, we discussed every position. Again, I think up top, you know, you weren't really thinking about it, but again, if you follow your board, and we did do work on all position groups. It came up in discussions, as every position does. But again we followed our board, and we typically go with the guys that are on the same line at that value.

Q. Does it bother you, when you're talking about those kinds of guys that you guys maybe personally didn't see a lot of them throughout?

JOE SCHOEN: No, we saw them all through. We were at the pro days. I saw every quarterback play live this year. We did our homework.

Q. You have five picks left tomorrow, right?

JOE SCHOEN: Two fours, three fives and a six.

Q. What do you want to accomplish tomorrow? You traded back and picked up those pieces.

JOE SCHOEN: Continue to build depth. Depth is important, whether it's a backup role, compete for a starting role or special teams. Fourth down is going to be important to us as well. Just continue to build depth and competition.

Q. How realistic is it that you make all six of those picks, or do you feel like you have the ammo that you can trade up now and maybe go get somebody?

JOE SCHOEN: Yeah, we could do either or. Again, Draft picks are currency, It allows you to move up, down, whatever you may do, into next year, something happens. It just gives you flexibility throughout the Draft. I can't really predict it right now, but there are still guys on the board that we like.

Q. Were you surprised a market for James Bradberry hasn't materialized as much as you might have expected a couple months ago?

JOE SCHOEN: No. We've had conversations about James. Teams have called. He's still a good player and a good person. The market is what it is.

Q. Have you received more interest during the Draft?

JOE SCHOEN: No.

Q. Why didn't you exercise the option on Daniel?

JOE SCHOEN: It was the best decision for the Giants. After our conversations, that's what we came up with, the best decision for us right now.

Q. Will you assess after today and tomorrow morning and say, all right, with these six picks, we kind of need these positions and we can look at these positions that we haven't addressed?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, we have conversations after every day of the Draft relative to where we've set the board and needs. And if those two match, that's a great thing. We're going to try to acquire as many good players as we can to try to make us as competitive as we can.

Q. How do you see the tight end role in your offense?

BRIAN DABOLL: It just depends.

Q. On what? The player?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, it depends on who we have, yeah. So again, if we have -- there was times last year we played with five receivers. There's been times where we've played with three tight ends, sometimes four tight ends.

I think when you put together an offense, you try to build it around the strengths of the players that you have. And if that's a bunch of receivers, it's a bunch of receivers. If it's one tight end, it's one tight end. There were games last year where we went to the game with one active tight end. I think probably the last five or six weeks of the season.

So based on who we have, and look, there's a long time to build our roster, too. It's not just the Draft. We have, you know, awhile here. There's a lot of different things that can happen.

Q. What do you look for in terms of traits out of a linebacker?

JOE SCHOEN: Outside or inside? Inside, instincts, athleticism, range, speed. You know, again, leadership, communication.

Q. Nakobe Dean is a guy, inside linebacker, a lot of people expected to be taken early in this Draft. Did you guys consider him? There's been talks about him being flagged by a bunch of teams. What did you --

JOE SCHOEN: Yeah, there's a reason he's drafting -- I don't know what's all out there, what you have, but we can't really talk much about that. But yeah, there's a reason he's fallen, I think. And, you know, he's a great kid. He had a great career, and I'm sure he'll go shortly.

OL JOSH EZEUDU

Q. Congratulations, Josh.

JOSH EZEUDU: Thank you so much. Thank you so much.

Q. What position would you say you play?

JOSH EZEUDU: I will play anything the team needs me to play. I'm a team player. I just can't wait to get there and get to work.

Q. What was your reaction when you heard you were being selected and that it was going to be to New York and the Giants?

JOSH EZEUDU: It was very surreal. Like you think about it so much, but until it actually happens, it kind of shocks you. I was speechless. I didn't know what type of emotions I had, then as soon as I heard my name being called, I let it all out. It was surreal. It took a lot of hard work to get here, but the hard work is still not done though.

Q. Are you with family or friends? Where are you?

JOSH EZEUDU: Yes, I'm with my family right now.

Q. In Georgia?

JOSH EZEUDU: Yes, in Georgia.

Q. Was it a surprise to you that it was the Giants and here in the third round?

JOSH EZEUDU: I mean, I would say for your name to be called is always a surprise. Everybody expects it to happen, but until it actually happens, it actually kind of shocks you. So, yes, it was a big surprise, but at the end of the day, I just thank God for everything.

Q. Did you have a hunch the Giants were interested throughout the process? What was your connection to them?

JOSH EZEUDU: I just met with (Offensive Line) Coach (Bobby) Johnson before my pro day, and he was also at my pro day too. So that was the only interaction I had with them.

Q. You played multiple positions in the same drive? How does that work?

JOSH EZEUDU: Yes, sir.

Q. Is that by design?

JOSH EZEUDU: That's just what happened based on whatever our team needed. If our team needed a left guard, then I would move to left guard. If we were struggling at tackle, I would move out to tackle.

CB Cor'Dale Flott

Q. How confident are you that you can play both inside and outside corner at the pro level?

COR'DALE FLOTT: I'm very confident. That's one thing I feel as far as versatility-wise, coming to this program, this organization, I focus more on what's going to be needed and what areas I'm going to be able to improve and help contribute to the team.

Q. Did you look at it as an opportunity this year when some of your outside guys got banged up and couldn't play, that you getting more and more time on the outside, kind of showed part of your game that people weren't anticipating?

COR'DALE FLOTT: Yeah, for sure. When that incident happened, I hate that for those players, but as far as me, it just gave me another opportunity to show more of what I can do and help contribute to the team – like I said I was going to do for this organization.

Q. Maybe some of the analysts didn't have you going at this point in the Draft, but did you expect to go in the third round?

COR'DALE FLOTT: Yes, I expected it, but not from the Giants, it definitely caught me surprised. I'm very excited.

Q. Why? Why was it a surprise that it was the Giants?

COR'DALE FLOTT: You know, I got along well with the coaches, and I just hear different things from coaches and teams when I was on visits. But I kind of low-key felt like the New York Giants, and the staff, and the cornerbacks coach kind of clicked. So, when I got their call, it was very surprising.

Q. How many visits did you have?

COR'DALE FLOTT: I had seven.

Q. Do you know (Wide Receiver) Kadarius Toney?

COR'DALE FLOTT: Yeah, he played for Blount (High School). He played in high school in my region.

Q. What was that like? What was that rivalry like between those two teams?

COR'DALE FLOTT: He's a real human joystick for real. I've seen it with my own eyes – all throughout his career and when I played him before. I'll definitely be able to have another chance to go against him again.

Q. Who won that matchup?

COR'DALE FLOTT: He did. He won, and that was the last time I've seen him. But we're definitely going to play again, though.

Q. Who is the toughest guy you had to cover this year?

COR'DALE FLOTT: Toughest guy I had to cover this year, I would say Wan'Dale Robinson from Kentucky.

Q. Are you aware he's joining you here? Are you just blowing smoke, or is that legit and conveniently you guys are both here?

COR'DALE FLOTT: No, I'm for real. I'm not blowing smoke.

Q. What makes him so hard to cover?

COR'DALE FLOTT: He's just quick and elite, one of those guys in the slot you're not really going to be able to get your hands on right away. You've got to be able to create speed on top of the route. He's a good receiver.

Q. Were you on him most of the game?

COR'DALE FLOTT: Yes, I was.

Q. The expectation I think is going to play a lot of man coverage in this defense. How comfortable are you in that type of scheme?

COR'DALE FLOTT: I'm very comfortable in that scheme. Coming to LSU, that's one of the main things we're known for and that's one of the things you know you're going to do when you first commit to come and play DB there. I'm very comfortable with man-to-man coverage, so I'm excited.

Q: What do you know about New York/New Jersey?

COR'DALE FLOTT: Man, I'm excited. I've only been to Jersey once, when I was on a visit, so I've definitely got a lot to experience and a lot to learn from as soon as I step my foot in the door.

Q. How do you spell your first name? I've seen it a couple of ways.

COR'DALE FLOTT: It's apostrophe, capital D.

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