Je suis encore un peu sonné par le choix de ce 4e tour mais en attendant de voir l’interview de Reese en entier, je vous poste les réactions du staff sur les choix de vendredi.
Voici ce que Reese avait à dire sur ces sélections du 2nd et 3e tour:
« We’ve got two defensive linemen, we’ve got a defensive tackle and a defensive end. Two really good football players. We’ve got a big guy that can hold the point inside, tough against the run game –big bodies. Both of these kids are really young players, so you like that about them. Big Hank is just a powerful inside presence, played a lot of snaps. They played him a lot. You like that about him that he can have the stamina to stay and play. That probably affected his game a little bit on the back end because I think he ran out of gas sometimes when we watched him, but early on when he gets going, he’s a tremendous inside big thick young player against the run game and against the pass. I wouldn’t call him a pass rusher but he gets some pressure up the middle. He can push the pocket up the middle. He can snap some heads back with his initial contact so he can push that pocket back. We think he can be a great addition, a young player. The defensive end (Damontre Moore), he is sacks. When you think about him, he’s a young kid, he’s 20 years old. In three years he got almost 26 ½ sacks, 26 ½ sacks is what he’s got, had 12 ½ this past season, I believe. He’s an edge rusher, tremendous upside for us- too good a value for us to pass up. »
Sur Moore, Reese a déclaré ne pas être inquiet par les problèmes en dehors du terrain du DE et pense que l’équipe peut les gérer.
Moore étant très jeune (20 ans) aura beaucoup à apprendre selon Jerry Reese. Il sera développé comme un DE mais devra contribuer avant en special team. Reese a également dit qu’il aurait l’opportunité de participer à la compétition pour des snaps dans la DL en situation de pass rush.
Maintenant tournons nous vers les déclarations de Tom Coughlin:
« Two defensive players today to help our defense – take care of the front. Run stopper in Hankins, a young kid. They are both young; one being primarily a defensive tackle that has outstanding first and second-down run-stopping ability. The other kid, Damontre Moore, has great production – 12 ½ sacks – 26 ½ over his career, 21 TFL’s; a very, very good effort player on Saturday. He has some issues, I think, during the week, which we will have to address in terms of preparation and practice mentality, that type of thing. But he is young, just 20 years old. Hankins just turned 21. So we have three young guys in the fold – an offensive lineman, a defensive tackle and a defensive end. And so at the end of the day we feel good about where we are. »
Coughlin est conscient que l’équipe n’a pas adressé les besoins aux postes de LB et DB mais pense qu’en s’occupant de la ligne défensive, les Giants facilitent le travail de la secondary:
« That is what has presented itself right now. We know it doesn’t take care of your linebacker issues; it doesn’t take care of your secondary issues. But if we can do a better job of stopping the run, those two areas will be naturally affected in a positive way. But we have addressed what we can. We have had three picks and the three picks have been represented by linemen. So that is a good thing. So where can we go and what can we do to continue to invest in some new talent; some competitive players that can come in and challenge, so we’ll see throughout the rest of the draft and what is left of free agency. »
Coughlin voit Moore comme un specialiste en sack:
« That is why we brought him in here. He has outstanding quickness. You look at his 40 time and you are going to say well, it is not what you would think. But there was a big split in those times in Indianapolis and he does play faster than the time you are probably going to refer back to. But his quickness and his shuttles were outstanding. So from me to you, he is as quick as it is. »
Marc Ross a justifié ces choix en expliquant que le jeu se gagne avec des gros gabarits:
« You have to win with big bodies in this league. It starts up front on both sides of the ball. We wanted to get bigger, more physical up front, and we really think we have done that with these first two. »
Ross ajoute que l’équipe a tout de suite vu la force de Hankins contre la course:
“His skill set was real easy to identify. You watch him play, and that’s what he does, he just shuts people down when they try to run the ball. You don’t see that much anymore with the type of defensive tackles who are coming out. This guy is kind of a rarity nowadays.”
Hankins est vu par Ross comme quelqu’un capable de s’occuper du sale boulot de la ligne défensive:
“He’s not a glamorous-type of guy inside, but he does the dirty work you need in there to occupy people. This guy plays the whole game and plays with energy. He has got enthusiasm for the game. He is only going to get better. »
Sur Moore voici ce qu’on peut retenir de l’interview de Marc Ross:
« Productive NFL players were productive college players, and this guy epitomizes that. »
Pour l’interview de Jonathan Hankins, je vous renvoie à ce lien.