Giants Add to DT Depth

With everyone thinking the Giants were going to draft a linebacker with their second-round pick, they instead continued to bolster their defensive line. With the 46th overall selection, New York tabbed East Carolina's massive Linval Joseph.

The 6-4, 328-pound DT is not much of a pass rusher, but should be able to be a disruptive force in the interior of the opposing offensive line.

"He does have the ability to walk offensive guards back," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He's big, strong. I think he has outstanding quickness. He's a penetrator."

"This guy's a big anchor," GM Jerry Reese added. "He's a big man. He's a powerful point-of-attack player. He's a load inside. He'll give those linebackers a chance to run to the ball."

Speaking of linebackers, it sure does appear that the Giants still have a glaring need there. Reese didn't exactly agree.

"If we can find a good linebacker, we'll draft him," he said. "But we're happy with the two guys we got."

Moments later, LB Sean Lee, a player the Giants reportedly coveted as well, was snapped up by the rival Cowboys.

In 41 games at ECU, Joseph started 27 games and registered 143 tackles (57 solo) with 6.5 sacks and 29.5 stops for losses.

But Joseph really started impressing during the pre-draft period. He was able to put up 39 reps on the bench press and lost some weight during that time.

"He had a very good workout," Coughlin said.

Now he'll join a very crowded defensive line, which includes fellow DTs such as Barry Cofield, Chris Canty, Jay Alford and Rocky Bernard.

"There should be some good competition on our defensive line," Reese said.

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