Finally, Giants get DT help

The Giants finally addressed one of their biggest needs when they selected Northwestern DT Barry Cofield with their pick in the fourth round.

Here's the lowdown on Cofield:
 
Strengths:

Has good size and a big frame...Athletic with good speed and quickness...Very strong and powerful...Plays with good leverage and gets a push...Does a superb job of locating the ball...Stout at the point and defends the run very well...Smart with good intangibles...Has a lot of experience and proved to be very durable.

Weaknesses:

Is not a great pass rusher or sack artist...Tends to wear down and needs to increase his stamina...Lacks a nasty demeanor on the field and can be more aggressive...Never focused on one position...Might be a DE / DT 'tweener.

Notes:

Played defensive tackle as a freshman and senior and then defensive end in between...Could play in the middle of a 4-3 or even shift outside to defensive end in a 3-4 scheme...The type who does everything well but nothing great...Definitely has some intriguing physical tools and the success Luis Castillo had should help.
 

Draft Notes from Saturday:
  • Mathias Kiwanuka is the first defensive end to be selected on the first round by the Giants since Oklahoma's Cedric Jones 10 years ago.
  • Kiwanuka will wear No. 97. Sinorice Moss will wear No. 89, the same number his brother, Santana, wears in Washington. It is the only number in the 80s the Giants have available. Gerris Wilkinson will wear jersey No. 59.
  • Moss said he is looking forward to playing with Eli Manning. "To have an opportunity to play on the same team as Eli Manning, that is a big thing," Moss said. "He has a brother in the NFL and I have a brother in the NFL. So I'm sure me and him together will be wonderful."

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