HOUSTON - OCTOBER 22: Defensive lineman Vinny Curry #99 of the Marshall Thundering Herd lines up against the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Howie Roseman was a guest of "PFT Live" this week and was pretty open and candid about their draft and the way the team thinks.
Florio mentioned to him how the Jets said that they view Tim Tebow as like another draft pick this year since they traded a pick for him. Roseman said that the Eagles saw DeMeco Ryans the same way and actually took it a step further.
Its funny you ask that question because when we woke up Saturday morning and people came in the draft room and they saw that there was a player at the top of our fourth round draft board and that was DeMeco Ryans. The minute the Commissioner put a team on the clock in the fourth round of the draft and we got to where our pick would have been, where the Texans were picking, we took DeMeco off our board and put him with our draft class, and that was fun to do.
Roseman also made no secret of the fact that they're happy to copy the Giants path to a Super Bowl.
Oh, there’s no question the Giants have created a blueprint for the rest of the league with two Super Bowls in the last five years and their ability to create pressure on the quarterback, and it’s something we really believe in as well. And for us, we were able, because of our offseason moves in terms of re-signing our own players and creating some depth on our football team, to go into the draft and really try to take the best player available whenever we could. And we stayed true to our board there. So we weren’t going in looking for defensive tackle, [but] Flecther Cox was by far the best player on our board when we traded up and got him. And then the same thing, when we moved back at 51, Vinny Curry was the top player on our board. We all took a deep breath and hated that we had to move back, but we had committed to getting a fourth-round pick back. And we had the opportunity to do that we kind of sweated it out and when Vinny was there at 59 it was just a no-brainer for the way we ranked these guys to go and get them.