Though not official, the New York Giants have reportedly signed the following five undrafted rookie free agents. However, sometimes these reports are a bit premature and those who supposedly have signed are merely rookie mini-camp tryout players.
The Giants will hold a rookie mini-camp on May 8-9 at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. General Manager Jerry Reese said he expects 60-65 players to be on hand who will include the team’s six 2015 NFL draft picks, signed rookie free agents, and rookie and street free agents invited on a tryout basis.
RB Akeem Hunt, 5’10”, 189 pounds, 4.40, Purdue University
Hunt is a dynamic, diminutive running back who is a threat to score every time he touches the football as a runner, receiver, or returner. Not many running backs his size make it in the NFL, but he is an explosive player. Hunt is extremely fast and quick. He is elusive, but not powerful. He is easily tackled due to his size. Hunt has very good hands and has been used in a variety of pass-receiving roles, including split out wide and on screens. Hunt is probably too small to be effective in picking up blitzes and therefore faces an uphill battle to be a third-down back. He has excelled as a kick returner at the collegiate level. If he makes it, Hunt would be strictly a limited role player at the NFL level.
TE Matt LaCosse, 6’6”, 257 pounds, 4.64, University of Illinois
LaCosse is a versatile player who has played tight end, H-Back, and fullback. LaCosse has a good frame, but needs to add bulk and get stronger. He does not get much movement as a blocker, but he works at it. LaCosse has good speed and catches the football well.
OT Sean Donnelly, 6’8”, 335 pounds, 5.48, Tulane University
Donnelly is a very tall tackle who needs to add bulk and strength. His lack of strength and power shows up in the running game as he does not generate a lot of movement in his run blocks. Donnelly has good good feet and is a solid pass protector. He has a good football temperament – tough and tenacious.
LB Cole Farrand, 6’2”, 231 pounds, 4.75, University of Maryland
Farrand played inside linebacker at Maryland. He lacks ideal size and speed. However, he is a smart, tough, hard-working, instinctive linebacker who plays well against the run and is decent in coverage. Hard hitter and sure tackler.
SS Justin Currie, 6’2”, 215 pounds, 4.63, Western Michigan University
Currie is a big safety who is better against the run than the pass. He is a good hitter and tackler. Currie is a decent athlete for his size.
There are also conflicting reports on whether the Giants signed DE Brad Harrah (University of Cincinnati) or merely invited him to attend the team’s mini-camp on a tryout basis.
Other players who will supposedly attend on a tryout basis include:
- QB Gary Nova, Rutgers University
- OL Jacob Ruby, University of Richmond
- OL Sukh Chungh, University of Calgary
- OL Sean McEwen, University of Calgary
- LB Byron Archambault, University of Montreal