Giants sign Beckham, three other draft picks

The New York Giants now have six of their seven draft picks under contract. Find out the latest rookies to sign with Big Blue.

The Giants announced on Monday that they had signed four of the team's seven 2014 draft picks, including first round pick Odell Beckham Jr. from LSU. With halfback Andre Williams from Boston College and safety Nate Berhe from San Diego State already having reached agreements with the Giants on Friday, there is now only one draft pick that remains unsigned.

In addition to Beckham, a wide receiver drafted No. 12 overall by New York, the team inked center Weston Richburg from Colorado State, linebacker Devon Kennard from USC, and cornerback Bennett Jackson from Notre Dame.

Richburg was drafted in the second round with the No. 43 overall pick, Kennard in the fifth round with the No. 174 pick, and Bennett in the sixth round with the No. 187 pick.

Beckham, a speedy and talented wide receiver, was also a first-team All-American as a kick returner in 2013. The 2,315 all-purpose yards he gained during his junior season are an LSU record and second best in the history of the Southeastern Conference.

Richburg is a model of durability who should contend for starting snaps right away with the Giants. At Colorado State, he started 50 consecutive games over his four-year career. Last season as a senior, he was named first-team All-Mountain West.

While Kennard and Jackson don't come with many sexy accolades attached to them, the two were team captains at their respective schools. Both are expected to bring leadership and intensity to a Giants special teams unit that was lacking in 2013.

With most of the draft picks now signed, only Jay Bromley, a defensive tackle out of Syracuse and New York's third-round choice, remains without a contract. As a kid from Queens who grew up rooting for the Giants, it shouldn't take too long for Bromley and the team to come to an agreement.


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