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Report: Coughlin says Giants have not talked to Manti Te'o

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Coughlin reportedly not impressed by what he has seen of Manti Te'o.

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This is the time of year when NFL teams will fudge the truth or try to obscure their true intentions when it comes to the NFL Draft. If you believe New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, however, the Giants are not interested in using the 19th overall selection of the 2013 NFL Draft on controversial Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

... Coughlin believes Manti Te’o will be available for the Giants when they make the 19th pick of the NFL draft this April. But at the moment, it doesn’t look like the controversial Notre Dame linebacker is in the Giants’ immediate plans.

The Giants did not even interview Te’o at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in February, Coughlin revealed on Wednesday during an appearance on The Crossover on NBC Sports Network. And though they still might – GM Jerry Reese had said the Giants plan to "bring him in" at some point – Coughlin indicated Te’o comes with other concerns.

"Just strictly football, strictly evaluating -- I don’t really know the player other than looking at him on tape," Coughlin said while promoting his new book, Earn The Right To Win. "We didn’t interview him in Indianapolis. But he didn’t play well in the national championship game."

I wouldn't be stunned, honestly, if the Giants are not interested in Te'o -- whether that's because of his football ability or the sideshow that goes with him, or both. I am surprised, however, to learn that the Giants have not even talked to him.