Head coach Tom Coughlin had hinted Thursday night after the selection of offensive tackle Ereck Flowers in the first round that the Giants would like to add help to their defensive line. They have done so with the selection of Odighizuwa.
Earlier in the night, the Giants pulled a stunning trade to open the second round. They moved up from No. 40 to No. 33 in a trade with the Tennessee Titans in order to select Alabama safety Landon Collins. The Giants also surrendered a fourth-round pick (108th overall) and seventh-round pick (245th overall) to move up seven spots.
I think Odighizuwa would be a fine pick if he's available in the second round because he will fill a need and his pass-rushing potential is nice. He played all over for the Bruins and should have a solid career in the NFL -- but there are questions about his longevity which I'm not privy too. Will his hips hold up in the NFL?
Giants' GM Jerry Reese told media after the selection that Giants' teams doctors cleared Odighizuwa despite a pair of hip surgeries.
In his 2015 NFL Draft Guide, Dane Brugler of CBS Sports rated Odighizuwa as a first-round talent provided he received medical clearance.
Charlie Campbell of Walter Football gave the pick an A:
The Giants just landed a pass-rushing steal who dropped into the third round? When has that ever happened? Jerry Reese is the master of obtaining great values on the defensive line, and Owa Odighizuwa is his latest one. The UCLA product should've gone in the first half of the previous round, so I like this pick, especially since Odighizuwa fills a need up front.
If Owa did not have multiple hip surgeries in his time as a Bruin, he would be a top 15 selection. His tape is phenomenal, his frame and physical build are phenomenal. His athleticism is 95% phenomenal outside of his inability to bend around the edge (hip surgeries will do that).
He is a stud and will likely be in the league for a decade or so if his body allows it.