During his 10-year career with the Giants, Chris Snee majored in football with a minor in film. The All-Pro guard was known to have one of the most voracious appetites on the team when it came to studying opponents in a dark room with a clicker, watching the video roll forward and backward, picking up nuances that helped him on the field.
"I felt it always gave me an edge on Sunday that I could break down a defensive lineman and have a strategy and a game plan," Snee told Newsday this past week. "Honestly, I missed that part of it as much as the game days. The game days a little bit more, but the preparation part and just locking myself in a room and watching film, I really missed it."
So in his retirement, he decided to keep doing it. Snee volunteered to help offensive line coach Pat Flaherty grade video of college players as the Giants prepared for the upcoming draft. Among the players he was asked to study were several who have been linked to the Giants and their ninth overall selection on Thursday night.
What did he think of them?
Snee said he liked the toughness and nastiness of Iowa's Brandon Scherff. "He's got that in him," Snee said of the fire he and the Giants like to see from their linemen. Miami's Ereck Flowers, he said, "has a little edge to him" but "he'd be a work in progress."
"He's young and you can see there is a lot of technique work that has to be done," Snee said of the 21-year-old junior. "It's tough when you pick ninth overall because you want the guy to come in and be an impact player so you can't really afford a project."
Snee liked Stanford's Andrus Peat. "I think he finishes," he said. And he did not get a chance to study LSU's La'el Collins.
"I came to realize that you can probably only do one player every day," Snee said. "You didn't rifle through a bunch of players, that's for sure."
The Giants selected Snee with a second-round pick in 2004, the 34th overall selection. Given the changes in the NFL in the last decade, would Snee still be taken that high if he were in this year's draft class?
"I'd like to think I would be picked higher," he said. "I considered myself a very physical lineman if not the most physical coming out of the '04 draft. Just from watching some of the film here I believe that I would be the most physical lineman in this draft, too."
Snee is still trying to determine what he wants to do now that he is retired.
"I'm just trying to figure out what route I want and I'm not quite sure," he said. "But (the Giants) let me come in and use the clicker. It's not like I have any say in what they're going to do, but it was nice of them to give me the opportunity to come in and see if I liked it."
He did, and it seems he wants to stay close to football.
"I was keeping my eye on anything high school-wise that would pop up (for coaching) and there were no real jobs," Snee said. "I don't know what's going to happen as far as anything with the Giants, but I've been popping in more. I did say that if you ever need somebody to help out once in a while I'd be happy to do so. We'll see what comes of that."