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New York Giants Close Out Day 2 of Draft with Two Defensive Linemen

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The New York Giants stuck with their plan to select the best players available in the NFL Draft by adding two defensive linemen.

In Round 2, the Giants chose big-bodied defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins out of Ohio State. In Round 3, they went for defensive end Damontre Moore out of Texas A&M.

"Two defensive players today to help our defense - take care of the front," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said in explaining the rationale behind the picks. "You have to continue to build. We were 31st in the league on defense. I think that is enough said."

Interestingly, in an era where many NFL teams are opting to go for smaller and quicker defensive linemen, the Giants have put more of a premium on the old-school thought of putting bigger bodies up front, an approach that Coughlin said was taken on purpose.

"That is where it starts - up front. And you have to continue to develop and build. Be strong up there - competitive."

And then there is also the fact that the two of the NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles, have gravitated toward option offenses.

"We are in the NFC East. We do have two teams now - one (Redskins) of which has established itself as running the option. However, if you look at (the Redskins) offense, the plays that hurt you the most are the power-type plays - the dive, the zone run, and of course when the quarterback keeps the football," he said.

Hankins, who right now is more advanced against the run than the pass, has "outstanding first and second-down run-stopping ability," according to Coughlin.

As for Moore, the Giants' head coach is enamored with the young man's production, even though he's not a fan of Moore's work ethic.

"Twelve and a half sacks- 26.5 over his career--21 tackles for a loss; a very, very good effort player on Saturday," Coughlin noted about Moore, adding, " 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."

Interestingly, the Giants have not yet addressed their linebacker situation, whether it be because of how they perceive their needs at the position or whether they don't feel as though there has been good value there when their turn to pick has come up.

To that end, Coughlin was asked if the moves made to shore up the defensive line have a direct effect on the linebackers and, to a lesser degree, the defensive secondary.

"That is what has presented itself right now," he said. "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.

"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."

And how does he feel about what the Giants have accomplished so far?

"We feel good about where we are," he said.

Patricia Traina is a New Jersey-based, accredited sportswriter who covers the New York Giants for Inside Football and the Sports Xchange. She is also a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow her on Twitter @Patricia_Traina.

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