Coughlin drafts 'family'

The most interesting part of Saturday's draft came when it was revealed that New York's second-round pick, Chris Snee, has very, very close ties to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. <BR><BR>

Snee, a guard from Boston College, fathered Coughlin's second grandchild, Dylan. Coughlin's daughter Katie, the youngest of his four kids, gave birth last fall.

Neither Coughlin nor Snee mentioned anything of the situation shortly after his selection with the 34th overall pick.

However, after the news came to light, Coughlin adamantly stated that the pick was made on pure football ability alone.

"Chris is a very good football player and has proven that," Coughlin said in a statement released by the team. "That he was selected at the top of the second round is a tribute to his ability. In their evaluation, our scouts, our director of player personnel, and the coach who graded him, Chris was the number one guard on our board. The decision to select Chris was based solely on his football ability."

Snee confirmed Coughlin's claim.

"My selection wasn't based on any personal relationship," he said. "This is a business, and the New York Giants are in the business of winning football games, and they drafted me so I can help them do that."

Coughlin added that there's accord on the Coughlin and Snee fronts.

"The fact of the matter is that both families are extremely happy," he said. "We're very proud of our daughter Katie, and we're very proud of Chris Snee and the commitment that have made towards raising our grandson Dylan."

Katie is due to graduate from Boston College this spring.

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