Happy Friday, Giants fans! As we enter the final weekend prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, things have once again begun to pick up. And while we'll have a lot of new material for you over the coming days, here on this crisp Spring morning you can kick back, relax and enjoy your AM coffee over the following headlines.
There’s little doubt Zack Martin fits the profile of a player the Giants would take in the first round of the NFL Draft.
There’s also little doubt Martin plays a position the Giants need to upgrade and, according to scouts, he can find a home at multiple spots along the offensive line. The Giants own the 12th overall pick on May 8 when the draft gets under way, and there was a strong feeling that if they want Martin, he would be there waiting for them.
Not so fast, says ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay, who contends Martin is “absolutely worth at the very least a top-15 pick’’ and predicts Martin will not last beyond No. 12.
B/R: Does Coughlin scare you? Because he'd scare the hell out of me.
WT: No, I didn't really know what to expect though. You see him in the media from afar, but once I came over here and really got to meet him and really connect with him, he was a great guy. He's really personable. He's a very candid person and just a great guy overall. I was really taken aback by who he was as a person. I really connected with him and the whole coaching staff, which was one of the biggest reasons why I made the decision to come out here and play for the Giants.
B/R: So do you think Coughlin is misunderstood by those who haven't gotten to truly know him?
WT: I think he most definitely is. If you just take everything from what you see on TV or the media and not have your own personal experience with him, he's truly misunderstood. Like I said, he's a great guy. But when it's time to do business, it's business time. You really do have to meet him for yourself to get the full effect and appreciation for Tom Coughlin.
The 2015 option for 2011 first-round draft picks isn't guaranteed against anything but injury until the start of the 2015 season, so the decision really doesn't cost the Giants anything or bind them to Amukamara unless he gets hurt so badly he can't play in 2015. If he does end up playing for the option price in 2015, he'll cost them about $7 million, which sounds like a high number. But cornerback clearly is a position on which the Giants aren't afraid to spend big resources, and they likely could carry both Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie if they wanted to.
Williams, who wasn’t offered a deal to re-sign with the Vikings as a free agent, has taken visits to the New York Giants and Seattle. He wants to play a 12th NFL season, but said Thursday he might not if it’s just for a low-value contract.
“If it’s not worth the risk of going back out there, I can’t say I’ll do it,’’ Williams, 33, said in a phone interview. “I don’t see it at this point (taking a low-value deal), but you never know.’’
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