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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Gilbride talks draft and Eli

By Ohm Youngmisuk

Kevin Gilbride admits that he has very little pull with what the Giants do personnel-wise.

But the offensive coordinator suspects that teams, and possibly the Giants, may draft need over value in the draft if free agency is postponed to sometime after the draft as expected.

With that being said, Gilbride told a group of high school coaches at an awards ceremony last night that the Giants are looking at Florida’s center/guard Mike Pouncey, according to Newsday.

In their latest mock drafts, ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both have the Giants taking Pouncey at 19th overall. Pouncey told Sirius NFL Radio last night that he has had plenty of contact with the Giants.

The Giants are banged up at center. Shaun O’Hara just had his second offseason surgery to clean out his left ankle and Achilles as expected. Guard Rich Seubert, who shined at center in place of the injured O’Hara last season, has a lengthy rehab after undergoing surgery for a dislocated kneecap and backup center Adam Koets is recovering from a torn ACL.

O’Hara says he will be 100-percent by training camp and Koets should be ready by the season opener. Still, the Giants might want to cover themselves by taking an offensive lineman in the draft with free agency coming after the draft.

“Everything is pure speculation,” Gilbride said. “It’s the exact opposite (this year with draft and then free agency). You’re going to draft for need and then you’re going to fill in with free agents. Before you started with your free agents and then you filled in with the draft. You flip-flopped.”

GILBRIDE ON ELI

Gilbride also was asked about Eli Manning and how to cut down on the 25 interceptions he threw this past season.

Sounds like the offensive coordinator is on the same page with Coughlin, who recently said that Manning might want to take a few more sacks instead of trying to make something happen which can lead to interceptions.

“A combination of poor judgment and trying to force some things,” Gilbride said in Newsday. “Where he’s under duress a couple of times and you see him with the poor judgment, he’s spinning around and trying to make a play. You have to sometimes accept the sack. He protects the line and there’s not as many sacks statistically. But would you rather have a sack or would you rather have a turnover? That’s the way you have to look at it.”

“We had some tips and those things… It’s a combination of a lot of things but I know that (Manning) prides himself in overcoming whatever obstacles are in his path. Every other statistic it’s his best year ever.”

“When you think about what we accomplished, with the turnovers, with the injuries, it’s almost incredible to be the fifth-best offense in that league and set an all-time record for offensive production in the history of this organization. We did a lot of great things.”