Giants choose defense with second pick

The New York Giants selected Marvin Austin to bolster the defensive line. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The New York Giants took a Prince in the first round. In the second round, they took a defensive tackle who comes with some baggage.

The Giants drafted UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin, one of the Tar Heels who was suspended for the season amidst an NCAA investigation.

The Giants needed an offensive lineman and a linebacker. But in this case, it appears they went for talent over need again.

PLAYER: Marvin Austin

SCHOOL: North Carolina




THE 411: Austin has talent but comes with character questions. Some have likened his talents to Ndamukong Suh and feel he can eventually develop into a force. But his suspension last year leaves him as a question mark. Clearly the Giants felt he was worth the risk.

HOW HE FITS IN: The Giants can use another defensive tackle because of the uncertainty surrounding Barry Cofield. Cofield had a terrific season and wants to return but has said he could request a trade if he has to play for a one-year restricted free agent tender. Cofield could become a restricted free agent or unrestricted free agent depending on the new CBA. Mathias Kiwanuka also is in the same boat. The Giants add Austin to a mix inside that includes Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and last year’s second-round pick Linval Joseph.