Tom Coughlin does not have intimate knowledge of how Aaron Curry played during his time with the Seahawks and the Raiders but he does know one specific tidbit about the newest Giants linebacker.
“Of course he was the fourth pick in the draft,’’ Coughlin said on Saturday between rookie mini-camp practices. “I looked at some of the grades, and the grades were outstanding. So he is anxious to have an opportunity and we are anxious to provide him with one. Hopefully the two will meet and we will get a very talented player who can come into the Giant organization and play the way he was graded coming out of college."
Indeed, Curry was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Wake Forest and the Giants are hoping some of that potential remains. Curry, 27, signed a one-year deal on Friday to compete for a roster spot.
“He is definitely a talented kid,’’ Coughlin said.
Just as general manager Jerry Reese indicated on Friday, Coughlin said Curry needs to shed some pounds, as he weighed in for the Giants at 265, about 10 pounds too heavy. He is coming off knee issues that prevented him from getting in top shape but he was impressive enough in his workout with the Giants for them to sign him.