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Rapid Reaction: Giants draft RB in seventh

4/30/2011

The Giants went for a running back with their final pick of the 2011 draft.

PLAYER: Da'Rel Scott.

SCHOOL: Maryland

POSITION: Running back

HEIGHT: 5-11

WEIGHT: 211

THE 411: Scott has exceptional speed, good size and playmaking ability. He can make defenders miss. Clocked at 4.34 in the 40 at the combine, Scott rushed for 1,133 yards and eight touchdowns during his sophomore year. But over his last two years, he rushed for a total of 1,133 yards and nine touchdowns. Giants GM Jerry Reese likened him to a Willie Parker-type.

HOW HE FITS IN: Ahmad Bradshaw will be either a restricted or unrestricted free agent depending on the collective bargaining agreement. The Giants are expected to re-sign Bradshaw, but with free agency coming after the draft, the Giants took a chance on a quick running back. They already have Brandon Jacobs and D.J. Ware on the roster, but they can use depth here. And they've done pretty well when drafting a running back in the seventh round (see Bradshaw).

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: "He is big and fast," GM Jerry Reese said. "He had a terrific sophomore season. We hope this guy will come over here and do a Willie Parker, one of those kinds of things."

"His production fell off," Reese said. "But we're hoping we can catch lightening in a bottle with this guy."