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Giants pick Bennett Jackson in 6th

5/10/2014

The pick: Bennett Jackson, cornerback, Notre Dame

My take: Jackson was, of course, a team captain at Notre Dame -- another piece of the Giants' character-driven plan for this year's draft. He's a relatively tall cornerback at 6-foot-1, but he doesn't have a lot of speed and likely doesn't project as a starter at the position in the NFL.

If it weren't already clear Friday night, it's obviously clear by now that the Giants were willing to take less-talented guys if they fit the makeup and character profile they wanted. The Giants knew they couldn't afford any "busts" in this year's draft and that they took too many "project" guys in recent years that haven't panned out. It's unlikely that any of their Day 3 picks will develop into stars. But it's reasonable to expect that they'll at least be useful, if only on special teams -- an area that has eroded significantly on their roster in recent years. Jackson lists as a cornerback, but he's unlikely to play that, especially early in his career.

Local ties: Jackson is a local kid, a native of Hazlet, N.J. and a graduate of Raritan High School.

What's next: Nothing. The Giants are out of picks. They traded their seventh-round pick for Jon Beason during the 2013 season. The rookies will now make travel arrangements to get here as soon as possible and join the veterans for workouts here in East Rutherford, N.J. next week.