Giants go Big Ten in sixth round (UPDATED)

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Posted Apr 30, 2011


Greg Jones was one of the most productive middle linebackers in college football in 2010, and now he'll get a shot to break into the Giants' corps. They took Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott in the seventh.

The Giants waited until their first of three picks in the sixth round (185 overall) to pick up linebacker Greg Jones of Michigan State to bolster a weak unit.

With their first of two compensatory picks (198 overall), they picked Tyler Sash, a strong safety out of Iowa. Their second comp pick (202 overall) went to South Florida linebacker Jacquian Williams.

They took Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott with their final seventh-round pick, the 221st overall.

Actually, Jones played the middle spot for the Spartans, where he not only made tackles, but was a solid force in the locker room. Coaches love his work ethic and leadership skills. The question is whether he can unseat Jonathan Goff in the middle after Goff's solid performance in 2010. Last year's fourth-rounder, Phillip Dillard, couldn't come close, but the 6-0, 242-pound Jones might have a better shot.

Take a look.

In 2010, Jones had 106 tackles, including 10 behind the line. And for the past three years, he's had 38 tackles for losses. He also has four forced fumbles over the past two years, and six breakups.

Because of the way he flies around the field, he could also be a valuable addition to special teams.

Sash, at 6-0, 211, should provide strong tackling to the kick coverage teams, and depth in the secondary. He's a better run-support guy than pass coverage player, though. So don't expect to see him covering too many tight ends or running backs. His major contribution will come on special teams.

Here's his video.

And here's Jacquian Williams:

Williams was regarded by some as the fastest linebacker to ever play at South Florida. He's explosive, with excellent coverage skills.

Scott, 5-11, 211, could be a change-of-pace back if the Giants wind up sticking with Brandon Jacobs instead of Ahmad Bradshaw if Bradshaw becomes an unrestricted free agent under the new rules, whenever those come about. He's not a true burner, but can make defenders miss. He can catch the ball, too.

Here's a look at Scott.

Scott was second on the Terps with 708 rushing yards and caught 14 passes. His 15.4 per carry average set a school record.



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