Rapid Reaction: Giants draft RB in seventh

April, 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

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."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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