Taking a look at Carter Coughlin and what he’s bringing to the New York Giants:
While most believed the New York Giants would trade some of their seventh-round picks to move up in the 2020 NFL draft, they stayed put and utilized every pick to its completion. One of the players they landed was Minnesota pass-rusher Carter Coughlin, who finished his college career with 22.5 sacks and 40 tackles for loss.
Coughlin is a high character player that operates with speed and intelligence. He ended up playing for Minnesota based on his love for the school, stating that he grew up a Gopher fan since the day he came out of the womb.
Transferring from college to the NFL can be problematic for late around players, as sometimes they don’t require the necessary size to excel at the next level. Coughlin stands at 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds, offering more speed and power off the edge.
“He’s a guy that gives us more speed on the edge,” head coach Joe Judge said when the Giants selected Carter. “He brings some length with him. He plays with a high motor and a lot of aggressiveness. He was productive in Minnesota’s scheme and with the way we are going to play guys on the edge in different packages, he’s someone with a lot of value. He will come in here and compete.”
Coughlin has moved around Minnesota’s defense in the past, setting the edge and also playing a hybrid linebacker due to his smaller size. He is extremely athletic and capable of developing a multitude of pass rush moves, and while I believe Coughlin will take a specific role in the Giants’ defense, he could have an impact as a rookie. His size will affect his production against offensive tackles, but I believe utilizing him as a down linebacker that focuses more on stopping the run and rushing from a second level stance might be beneficial.
Selected with the 218th pick in the seventh round, Coughlin is a value player with high upside, the most you can ask for in the later rounds.