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New York Giants Hire Robbie Leonard as Defensive Quality Control Coach

February 20th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants have hired former NC State defensive video graduate assistant Robbie Leonard as their new defensive quality control coach, replacing Al Holcomb, who was recently hired by the Carolina Panthers.

Prior to becoming the Wolfpack defensive graduate assistant, Leonard was a High School coach, having graduated from NC State in 2008 with a degree in Sports Management. During his time at NC State, Leonard played linebacker and was second on the team with 100 tackles in 2008.

Essentially, defensive quality control coach is an entry-level NFL position where Leonard will be used to scout the defense similarly to the way opposing coaches will.

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15 Responses to “New York Giants Hire Robbie Leonard as Defensive Quality Control Coach”

  1.  rlhjr says:

    He was second on the team with 100 tackles and a linebacker? Coach my a$$, sign him up and give him some pads. The entire Giant linebacker corps doesn’t have 100 tackles the past two seasons.

  2.  Rick021 says:

    So, Drafttek has the Giants taking a running back in both the 4th and 5th rounds on this weeks mock. I thought those guys were supposed to be quite serious

    •  Krow says:

      Yeah, that’s some strange stuff. I bet it’s because they differentiate between a ‘change of pace’ back and a ‘feature’ back. Probably both are down as moderate needs. So the computer reads them as independent.

  3.  Krow says:

    I believe my post from yesterday tells us all we need to know …

    “Leonard’s mom graduated college with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., and that already led to an interview at the NFL headquarters in New York …”

  4.  The Original G Man says:

    Re: The Giants and BPA

    Saw some comments on this on the last thread. The Giants have publicly stated that they stick to their draft board and take the highest rated player available. However, they also stated that the weight players by whether they play a position of “need” or not. So, for example, while they might technically have Matt Barkley with a higher grade than Alec Ogletree, since Barkley doesn’t play a position of need, his grade will be discounted, while Ogletree, who presumably does play a position of need, will be graded on a curve.

  5.  Krow says:

    As a general rule I hate the idea of picking a DT at #19. First off it’s one of the highest ‘bust rate’ positions. A lot of them can’t replicate their college success in the pros. And secondly, there really is quite a learning curve for rookie DTs.

    It all makes for a risky pick.

    •  The Original G Man says:

      It is supposedly a deep, deep draft for DTs, so there’s certainly value to be had in later rounds.

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    I saw Krow’s line about bust rates for first round DTs and I thought he was exaggerating the point. But looking at the last 10 years I found he’s right. It really does make you want to refrain from taking a DT in the first round, especially at our position.

    First Round DTs the Last 10 years:

    YEAR ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM NAME POSITION SCHOOL
    2011 1 3(3) Bills Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
    2011 1 13(13) Lions Nick Fairley DT Auburn
    2011 1 18(18) Chargers Corey Liuget DT Illinois
    2011 1 21(21) Browns Phil Taylor DT Baylor
    Pick Note from Kansas City
    2010 1 2(2) Lions Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
    2010 1 3(3) Bucs Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma
    2010 1 10(10) Jaguars Tyson Alualu DT California
    2010 1 26(26) Cardinals Dan Williams DT Tennessee
    2010 1 28(28) Dolphins Jared Odrick DT Penn State
    Pick Note from San Diego
    2009 1 9(9) Packers B.J. Raji DT Boston College
    2009 1 24(24) Falcons Peria Jerry DT Mississippi
    2009 1 32(32) Steelers Evander Hood DT Missouri
    2008 1 5(5) Chiefs Glenn Dorsey DT LSU
    2008 1 7(7) Saints Sedrick Ellis DT USC
    Pick Note From 49ers through Patriots
    2008 1 29(29) 49ers Kentwan Balmer DT North Carolina
    Pick Note From Colts
    2007 1 10(10) Texans Amobi Okoye DT Louisville
    Pick Note from Atlanta
    2007 1 16(16) Packers Justin Harrell DT Tennessee
    2006 1 12(12) Ravens Haloti Ngata DT Oregon
    Pick Note from Cleveland
    Distinctions All Pro Second Team: 2008
    2006 1 14(14) Eagles Brodrick BunkleyDT Florida State
    2006 1 26(26) Bills John McCargo DT North Carolina State
    Pick Note from Chicago
    2005 1 28(28) Chargers Luis Castillo DT Northwestern
    2005 1 31(31) Eagles Mike Patterson DT USC
    2004 1 14(14) Bears Tommie Harris DT Oklahoma
    Distinctions All Pro Second Team: 2005, 2007
    2004 1 21(21) Patriots Vince Wilfork DT Miami (FL)
    Pick Note from Baltimore
    Distinctions All Pro Second Team: 2007; Super Bowl Wins: XXXIX; Super Bowl Losses: XLII
    2004 1 23(23) Seahawks Marcus Tubbs DT Texas
    Distinctions Super Bowl Losses: XL
    2003 1 4(4) Jets Dewayne RobertsonDTKentucky
    Pick Note from Chicago
    2003 1 6(6) Saints Johnathan SullivanDT Georgia
    Pick Note from Arizona
    2003 1 9(9) Vikings Kevin Williams DT Oklahoma State
    Distinctions All Pro First Team: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
    2003 1 12(12) Rams Jimmy Kennedy DT Penn State
    2003 1 25(25) Giants William Joseph DT Miami (FL)
    2002 1 6(6) Chiefs Ryan Sims DT North Carolina
    Pick Note from Dallas
    2002 1 9(9) Jaguars John Henderson DT Tennessee
    Distinctions All Pro Second Team: 2006
    2002 1 12(12) Cardinals Wendell Bryant DT Wisconsin
    2002 1 15(15) Titans Albert HaynesworthDTTennessee
    Pick Note from N.Y. Giants
    Distinctions All Pro First Team: 2007, 2008

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    Mike Mayock, draft guru for the NFL Network, held a pre-combine conference call with media on Monday regarding the 2013 NFL Draft. Mayock was not directly asked any questions about the New York Giants, but plenty of things he said during his chat with reporters can be useful to Giants’ fans. Following are some of the highlights of Mayock’s call, from a Giants’ perspective.

    On BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah …

    “He’s got as much upside as anybody in this draft.”

    “I just think he’s so raw sometime it’s can’t come out. I don’t think there is anybody on the in the NFL that doesn’t think he’s going to be a good player. But the question is when? Is it this year, next year or three years from now?”

    “I’m willing to bet on the kid. I think he’s going to go earlier than later. When you get these kind of guys, and [Jason Pierre-Paul], he’s way more raw than JPP was a couple years ago. People want to use that comparison, but he’s not there yet. But I think he’s going to become a good player.”

    On defensive ends beyond the first round …

    “Tank Carradine, the quote “other” defensive end at Florida State who had a medical issue, he probably had first-round talent. He’s probably going to go in the second or third round, and somebody’s going to get a steal with this kid because of his natural upside. Alex Okafor from Texas is a second or third-round guy.”

    On Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree …

    “You want to talk about a kid that’s made for the NFL game with an ability to drop and cover, a former safety. He’s fun to watch on tape. He flies. He’s explosive. He’s not great against the run, but, boy, in today’s NFL spread offenses, he’s a great fit. But given the off the field issues and the D.U.I. recently he’s going to be one of the more intriguing guys to follow throughout the draft.”

    “… if he was clean off the field I’d be banging the table for a top 10 pick.”

    On Alabama right guard Chance Warmack …

    “Chance Warmack from Alabama is the best football player I saw on tape this year. And Jonathan Cooper from North Carolina is just a tiny notch behind him. As a matter of fact, Cooper’s probably a better athlete.”

    On Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker …

    “He’s a right tackle only, but I think he’s going to be special down the road.”

    ” … right tackle is an interesting thing because right tackle only, if you’re being drafted as a right tackle only, that is an awkward place to be. Because if you’re only a right tackle, it means you better be the starter or you’re going to get cut because you can only carry typically seven or eight guys on game day.”

    On the top free safeties available …

    “I’m a big believer [Kenny] Vaccaro is going to be gone in the top 20. I think Matt Elam is kind of a late one to mid two, and I think Johnathan Cyprien from Florida International is a guy you ought to be looking really closely at. He had a great Senior Bowl week. I’ve got him as my number three safety. I think he’s a guy that’s going to be around somewhere in that middle to end of the second round.”

    Tight ends at the top of the draft …

    “There are three guys at the top of this class that are very similar. [Tyler] Eifert, [Zach] Ertz, and [Gavin] Escobar from San Diego State. All of them are 6-foot-6, plus or minus 250 [pounds]. And it will be interesting to see how the three run against each other, because they’re all clumped together by most So my perspective, you watch Ertz, and they move him all over the field. What’s he run? Is he a 4.68 guy or a 4.53 guy? And I think the speed will be important for all three of those tight ends.”

    On Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson …

    “The Richardson kid is exciting. At 300 pounds, to me, he had movement skills of a 250-pound linebacker. Missouri actually stood him up. How often do you see a defensive tackle standing up and playing a linebacker position at 30 pounds? So, obviously, Missouri and Dave Steckel were highly impressed with this kid’s athletic ability. He’s really gifted. I mean, he’s probably more gifted than the Utah kid [Star Lotulelei] also.

    “I think his natural position is the three-technique, which is that defensive tackle and the four-man front. But it’s not the only position he can play. You can move him around and I think just about all 32 teams in the league could find a way to utilize his skill set. He’s really exciting. He’s got a ton of upside, and he’s as physically gifted a defensive player as there is in this draft.”

    On the inside linebacker class …

    “I think there is a dropoff after the top three. I think [Alec] Ogletree, [Manti] Te’o, and [Kevin] Minter from LSU are exceptional linebackers and you could give all three of them a first round grade. After that, there is a dropoff. You have Kevin Reddick, Kiko Alonso, Bostic. So you’re either going to get one of those top three guys or wait a couple rounds and get into the third and fourth round and pick up some of those other guys.”

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2013-nfl-draft/2013/2/19/4004742/mike-mayock-talks-2013-nfl-draft-combine-new-york-giants-manti-teo-dj-fluker-alex-ogletree

  8.  The Original G Man says:

    I think I broke the website. Sorry about that.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    Below is a great piece but too long to cut and paste. It just shows the chess JR will be dealing with this offseason in terms of our cap issues.

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2013/2/19/4007384/navigating-the-salary-cap-an-offseason-plan-for-the-giants-in-2013

  10.  Dirt says:

    Mayock is a doosh of the highest magnitude. Anyone who starts off an analysis of a defensive player with “I played with LT, so let me tell ya…”, when said analyst was a bench warmer, has opinions of little value to me.

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