Giants Sign Several UFAs

  • Herzlich was perhaps the biggest name on the UDFA list. Having been a productive linebacker from the outset of his freshman year, a winner of a litany of awards and ranked as a top 50 pick before heading back to Boston College for his senior year, Herzlich was diagnosed a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma. The Giants grabbed him quickly when the period for signings opened, reportedly under a “suggestion” from ownership. We noticed a little cynicism on our comments board when he was signed, but please, people, remember: signings like these are no risk, high reward.
  • FB Henry Hynoski, Pittsburgh. Hynoski is billed as an athletic fullback who can maul a potential tackler if he gets him lined up right. Scouting reports also not solid hands and enough athletic ability to catch a few passes. He was used more as a receiver than a rusher at Pitt last year. Expected to be a 6th or 7th round pick, he hurt a hamstring at the combine that prevented him from working at his pro day.
  • OL Jarriel King, South Carolina. King brings the size of a tackle to the field, at 6–5, 317, but did not start a game at LT until midway through his senior year at South Carolina. Had some concussion issues last year year that kept him out of two games, but was named the most improved offensive lineman on the Gamecocks prior to the 2010 season, so perhaps he’s really coming into his own. At the combine, he lifted a respectable 23 reps on the bench
  • DE Justin Trattou, Flordia. At 6–3, 225 lbs, Trattou’s scouting reports contain the dreaded term “tweener.” While the Giants love fast defensive ends, Trattou sounds like a better fit to play OLB in a 3-4 system. Can you say “Clint Sintim“?
  • DE Craig Marshall, South Florida. Marshall started all but one of the games he played in last year but missed four games with a foot injury. He notched nine tackles for a loss of yards and four sacks.
  • DT Martin Parker, Richmond. Now that the Giants have cut Rocky Bernard, there may be a space open for a guy like Parker, who comes in at 300 lbs and had 13.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks last year. CBS scouting report says he has impressed at every level including the East-West Shrine Game and although may not get a lot of attention in a deep class at DT, is the “type of mid round pick to surprise early in his career.”
  • DT Ibrahim Abdulai, Arkansas–Pine Bluff. We could not find a lot of info on Abdulai. He’s 6–1, 301 lbs and benched 21 reps at his pro day.
  • LB Spencer Paysinger, Oregon. Paysinger’s another guy on whom there’s not a lot of scouting reports out there. He did notch eight tackles —seven unassisted — in the BCS National Championship Game against Auburn. He was also named a Pac–10 All–Conference player by a vote of the conference coaches. Played the WIL as a Duck.
  • S David Sims, Iowa State. The 5–9, 200 lbs safety clocked a 4.50 in the 40 at the combine and broke up three passes last year while making 96 tackles. Changing schools a few times and facing charges that he used a woman’s debit card didn’t help him in the draft, but Reese has found players with big talent and minor trouble before.
  • TE/LS Harry Flaherty, Princeton. Watch your back, Zak DeOssie.

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