Giants' 7th-round draft pick Markus Kuhn is a prototypical Jerry Reese selection: a raw talent with loads of potential and upside. He finds them and hands them over to Tom Coughlin to mold into pros. And you have to ask what keeps Coughlin young....
Coughlin may have his work cut out for him this year with the likes of TE Adrien Robinson, OT Matt McCants and Kuhn, who is 6'5", 303 and 26 years old. He is from Germany and football was something that he knew nothing about until he came to the U.S. on vacation when he was 14.
“I came back to Germany," Kuhn said at the combine in March, "and thought, ‘Wow, I think just the person I am and my size, that is really something I would like to do.'"
Kuhn could be another diamond in the rough for the Giants. The like his toughness and his will. They will teach him the rest.
Reese on Kuhn: "This kid is German. He doesn’t have much of a background in football. He has only played a limited about of time. But he is a gym rat; big, strong, tough; great to put in your d-line rotation. Obviously he is still learning. I think he speaks three languages – something like that. But he is fun to watch.
He is the Mitch Petrus of defensive tackles. He is a like a buzz saw in there. He is big. I think he ended up with five sacks during the season. I wouldn’t call him a pass rusher. But he stays busy. Somebody better take him because he stays busy in there and he is a slugger."
Coughlin on Kuhn: "Kuhn we had evaluated at a little bit higher level. You talk about gym numbers, now he’s got them. All the way across the board he had done very, very well in the gym numbers, as we say, in terms of the way he worked out.
He is a physical player. He’s a penetrator. I think he’s learning the game, and I think a lot of it is in front of him. From a standpoint of drafting where we were at the bottom of each round and remaining there, I think we have addressed some of the circumstances that we had to address with quality, quality people."
CBSSports.com's analysis of Kuhn......"Very strong with long arms and powerful hands. Has a tremendously powerful bull rush. Mostly quick off the snap. Excels at holding the point, even against double teams, and collapsing the pocket. Gets hands up and bats passes. Weaknesses: Is somewhat high hipped and stiff. If initial power move fails, tends to get tall and do nothing. Does not move well laterally. Does not have great balance. Ends up on the ground a lot. Shoulder and older than average age could be issues..."
"Kuhn's greatest asset is power, which comes from a compact stance, good quickness off the snap, and initial low surge led by powerful hands at the end of long muscular arms. Kuhn consistently overpowered interior offensive linemen and got penetration. Kuhn is a bit high hipped, and has trouble changing directions. As an NFL Draft prospect, Kuhn could fit inside in a 4-3 or outside in a 3-4. Best fit would appear to be DT in 4-3 similar to NYG scheme where DTs are expected to push the pocket and bat down passes, areas where Kuhn excels. Upside appears limited by hip issue, and lack of additional moves beyond basic power. Kuhn may never be more than a rotational DL at the next level."
JSOnline's Tyler Dunne on Kuhn's odyssey (READ)