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Sunday, April 25, 2010
Quick hits on the new Giants rookies

By Ohm Youngmisuk

The Giants’ 2010 Draft picks

Round 1 (15th) Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida.
The 6-5, 270-pound Pierre-Paul played just one full season of football at Deerfield Beach High School before one-year stints at College of the Canyons (Calif.) and Fort Scott Community College (Kan.) junior colleges. He played one season at South Florida, posting 6.5 sacks before going pro. Giants GM Jerry Reese compared Pierre-Paul’s body, length and athleticism to Jevon Kearse.

WHAT THE GIANTS ARE SAYING:
“He is rangy like Mathias (Kiwanuka) in that kind of height. But when you see this guy – this guy is a freak of nature, really, some of the stuff that he can do and the way he looks. He has done things that I haven’t seen in scouting – in games – that I just haven’t seen. Combination of length and power and speed – just running through people and rag-dolling tackles. He is just a different breed of athlete.”
- Marc Ross, Giants director of college scouting.

Round 2 (46) Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina.
The 6-4, 319-pound Joseph is a space-eating defensive tackle who left early as a junior. Overcame weight issues and minor back surgery early. Had 60 tackles as a junior and has blocked two PAT’s and a field goal.

WHAT THE GIANTS ARE SAYING:
“He’s versatile. He can play the nose, he can play a three-technique, he can play anywhere inside. His strength is that he is a big man. He is a powerful force on a pass play. He doesn’t get pushed back an awful lot from the line of scrimmage and holds his ground. He cleans up the lanes for the linebackers. He can push the pocket and push the offensive lineman back in the quarterback’s lap.”
- Jerry Reese, Giants general manager.

Round 3 (76) Chad Jones, S, LSU.
The 6-2, 221-pound Jones helped LSU win a national championship in football and baseball before leaving school as a junior. He had 73 tackles and three interceptions last season and as a returner had a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown. During the final game of the 2009 College World Series against Texas, Jones pitched a perfect 1.2 innings and struck out two to become one of only two players in college history to claim a BCS national title and baseball national title.

WHAT THE GIANTS ARE SAYING:
“He is an explosive hitter. Taylor (Mays of USC) is probably more straight-line fast. This kid is a little more instinctive and athletic in his change of direction. Ball-skills, definitely this kid is much better.”
- Marc Ross, Giants director of college scouting.

Round 4 (115) Phillip Dillard, MLB, Nebraska.
The 6-foot, 245-pound middle linebacker is expected to come in and compete for Antonio Pierce’s job. The Giants looked hard at him in the third round before going with Jones. Dillard started nine games at weakside linebacker but played mostly at middle linebacker at Nebraska.
He overcame a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament knee injury during his sophomore season. The fifth-year senior clashed with the coaching staff, endured the death of his mother and fell on the depth chart. He sat out the first two games of his final year before earning his way back and starting the last eight games.

WHAT THE GIANTS ARE SAYING:
“Phillip is a high-energy, fast kind of player. He is a little on the short side but the guy is 245 pounds. He’s thick, and we expect him to play in the middle and compete for that job there. He’s a smart kid and he’s really been a tough worker there at Nebraska so we are excited about him.”
- Marc Ross, Giants director of college scouting.


Round 5 (147) Mitch Petrus, G, Arkansas.
The 6-3, 307-pound Petrus tied the bench-press record at the combine with 45 reps. He walked on as a special teamer and played tight end, fullback and guard. He helped block for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in 2006. He sat out the 2008 season after he was ruled academically ineligible.

WHAT THE GIANTS ARE SAYING:
“Tough, rugged, in-your-face guard. That’s what this guy is. He is hard-nosed, aggressive. He can pull and do all the things we ask our guards to do. This guy has a vicious nature about him, and we like his skill set for what we do with our guards.”
- Jerry Reese, Giants general manager.

Round 6 (184) Adrian Tracy, OLB, William & Mary.
The 6-2, 248-pound Tracy had 22 sacks in the last two seasons playing at defensive end. He will move to outside linebacker and has showed scouts he can play there at the next level.

WHAT THE GIANTS ARE SAYING:
“He really worked out well at his workout as a linebacker. The movement skills that you have to have at that position. He did a good job and we think he can project. If you think back, he kind of has a body type like Reggie Torbor, who we had here for a few years back. We think he is a little bit better athlete than Reggie Torbor was. Reggie was a defensive end at Auburn, too.”
- Jerry Reese, Giants general manager.

Round 7 (221) Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina.
The 6-1, 224-pound Dodge is a punter who likes to tackle returners. He ranked second in the nation with a 45.8-yard average. Dodge was drafted with

WHAT THE GIANTS ARE SAYING:
“When you see him, he’s not a typical punter-looking guy. He’s muscular and 224 pounds. You’ll think he’s a safety when you see him walk up because he’s real jacked up. He loves to lift with his other teammates and stuff, and he’s an intense kid. He has a strong leg and we like those big guys. We don’t want those scrawny punters that can’t last a whole season so he has a lot of developmental qualities to him.”
- Marc Ross, Giants director of college scouting.