It is big news whenever a head coach or general manager attends a major college’s pro day.
So it was big news on Friday that New York Giants head coach Joe Judge was spotted at Auburn’s pro day by NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.
We’re here at @AuburnFootball Pro Day, where Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson are weighing in. #Giants HC Joe Judge and #Lions HC Matt Patricia have both checked in and so too have four GMs (#Lions, #Panthers, #Dolphins, #Patriots). Check out @nflnetwork for the latest...— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 6, 2020
Obviously the headline prospect is defensive tackle Derrick Brown, the SEC Defensive Player of The Year. Brown had a somewhat disappointing Combine performance, but his tape is among the very best of any prospect in the draft and he is widely considered one of the five best players in the draft.
But Auburn has a number of other players who could be on the Giants’ radar.
Offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho is recovering from a knee injury he dealt with all season, but he presents tantalizing upside for a team in need of an offensive lineman. His linemate Jack Driscoll did perform at the Combine and had a good day, potentially raising his own profile.
On the defensive side of the ball, Marlon Davidson and Nick Coe were overshadowed by Brown’s play but are intriguing prospects in their own right. Davidson could well be one if the top five interior defensive linemen in this draft class when all is said and done. Coe, meanwhile, is a New Jersey native who could develop into a good rotational piece along the defensive line.
In the secondary, cornerbacks Noah Igbinoghene and Javaris Davis both present intriguing potential. Igbinoghene is a converted wide receiver who could just be scratching the surface of his upside as a corner. Davis is undersized at 5-foot-8 and 183 pounds, but offers 4.3 speed and is expected to be a slot defender at the NFL level — an area of need for the Giants.
We will have to keep watching to see Judge’s tendencies with respect to the draft. Perhaps this indicates legitimate interest in Brown, or perhaps Judge is checking in on Wanogho, or doing more homework on potential late-round or UDFA targets.
One thing we do know is that Judge was at Auburn for a reason, and he wasn’t there because he was bored.