There’s a possible disconnect between Giants G.M. Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin when it comes to the most controversial player in the 2013 draft pool.
Reese has said of the former Notre Dame linebacker that the Giants plan to “bring him in” at some point before the draft. Coughlin said Wednesday as part of his book tour that the Giants have concerns, unrelated to Te’o’s fake dead male girlfriend.
“Just strictly football, strictly evaluating — I don’t really know the player other than looking at him on tape,” Coughlin said on NBCSN’s The Crossover, via the New York Daily News. “We didn’t interview him in Indianapolis. But he didn’t play well in the national championship game.”
Teams are notoriously circumspect when it comes to their draft plans, interviewing players in which they have no interest and snubbing those they covet.
When it comes to Te’o and the Giants, we’ll know the truth if/when the Te’o is on the board at No. 19 and the Giants do/don’t put his name on the card.
Coughlin says he won’t be surprised if Te’o remains available. The team’s broader objective for this draft and every draft is to ensure that, whatever the Giants do, their competitors are surprised.