Giants go big in round four

The Giants believe they found the answer to their short-yardage woes – 267-pound battering ram Brandon Jacobs, whom they selected in the fourth round.

The Southern Illinois product scored 19 TDs last season and established himself as a long-distance threat as well, averaging 6.6 yards per tote.

"I think I'm going to surprise a lot of people when they expect me to get one yard and I take it the distance," a confident Jacobs told reporters shortly after being drafted.

After beginning his career at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, Jacobs enrolled at Auburn, where he got caught on the short side of a numbers game involving recent first round picks Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams. The Tigers coaches asked him to take reps at linebacker before a bowl game at the end of the 2003 season. After that, he transferred to SIU, where he fell just eight yards short of 1,000 last year, despite again sharing time and receiving only 150 carries.

"I'm there for short-yardage, long-yardage, whatever the situation may be," he said. The 6-4 Jacobs said he expects to play at about 260 pounds.

According to Ourlads Scouting Services, Jacobs has a slow start and lacks good acceleration, but uses his size and power well.

In addition to moving the pile, Jacobs says that he'll be able to excel as a receiver, despite catching only 12 passes in college.

"I have great hands," he said.

However, it's no surprise that Big Blue picked up Jacobs for his ability to move the sticks, something that's hampered the franchise for the past several seasons.

"I don't piddle-paddle behind the line of scrimmage," he said. "I get the rock, barrel down and get in. One person won't stop me from what I want – it's going to take a couple.

"I will not be denied."

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