Best of the rest

The odds are nowhere nearly as long as you'd think. Last year, three undrafted free agents made the Giants roster, and each contributed at some point in time.

The lucky trio consisted of linebackers Jim Maxwell and T.J. Hollowell and safety Curtis Deloatch. This year, the Giants signed 15 hopefuls right after the draft. If form holds, 20 percent of them will be wearing blue and white on opening day. Here's a closer look at New York's version of best of the rest:

Adrian Awasom, DE, North Texas, 6-5, 275

Bio: Finished his career at North Texas with 147 total tackles, including 32 tackles for losses and 22 sacks…Named three-time all-Sun Belt Conference honoree, including a first-team selection as a junior and senior

Pros: Good athletic ability, balance and lateral quickness

Cons: Marginal first-step quickness, often leaves running lane

Analysis: Hard to figure he'll get anywhere with two draft picks in front of him

Michael Bragg, CB, Texas A&M-Kingsville, 6-1, 183

Bio: Completed his career with 36 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 10 pass breakups…Cousin of Golden State Warriors guard Baron Davis

Pros: Tall, rangy, good ball skills

Cons: Allows too much cushion

Analysis: Lack of special teams ability will hurt his already-slim chances

James Butler, FS, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 210

Bio: Totaled 204 tackles, seven interceptions, four forced fumbles and blocked two field goals in his final two years at GT…Was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back as a senior

Pros: Able to hold his own against tight ends and slots, good hands

Cons: Marginal speed and questionable change of direction skills

Analysis: Is probably the free agent with the best chance to make the team

Brett Eddins, DE, Auburn, 6-5, 273

Bio: As a senior in 2004, Eddins started all 13 games and finished with 20 tackles, three for a losses and two sacks…Led Trinity High School in Montgomery Ala. to a state championship and 31-1 record

Pros: Overachiever, production through effort

Cons: Has real hard time with bigger offensive linemen

Analysis: Going to have to be more productive on pro level than in college, basically an extra body for camp

Diamond Ferri, S, Syracuse, 5-10, 223

Bio: Former running back moved to the defensive backfield as a junior and finished his career with 226 tackles…On offense, rushed for 429 yards on 88 carries (4.9-yard average) and scored four touchdowns

Pros: Versatile athlete, sees field well, has natural hands and good leaping ability

Cons: Relies on instincts to compensate for a lack of true speed

Analysis: Intriguing player wants to play offense, but will have to make the team on defense and special teams

Charles Frederick, WR, Washington, 5-10, 194

Bio: Four-year letter-winner finished with 121 career receptions for 1,735 yards and eight touchdowns…Set a school record with 72 kickoff returns for 1,329 yards

Pros: Makes tough catches in traffic, has excellent hand skills

Cons: Rounds his cuts and is very erratic adjusting to ball in air

Analysis: Will have to beat out several other candidates as a returner

Ryan Grant, RB, Notre Dame, 6-1, 218

Bio: Finished his career ranked 11th in school history with 2,220 rushing yards…Averaged 3.9 yards a carry and scored 18 touchdowns…Was named the New Jersey Player of the Year in 2000 by USA Today

Pros: Good running skills and inside vision, slasher

Cons: Needs to improve run blocking and pass protection

Analysis: Has a pretty good chance to earn a roster spot. Needs to beat out either Mike Cloud or Derrick Ward

Mike Jemison, RB, Indiana (Pa.), 6-1, 225

Bio: Played two seasons at IUP after transferring from Pitt…Finished with 1,767 yards and 14 touchdowns on 323 rushing attempts

Pros: Shows good vision through holes, good pass blocker

Cons: Lacks necessary speed to be an outside threat

Analysis: Would have had a chance had Ryan Grant not signed with New York

Joseph Scott, LB, Jackson State, 6-1, 237

Bio: Played his final two seasons at Jackson State, compiling 168 tackles, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and 2.5 sacks in 18 games…Named All-Southwestern Athletic Conference first team in 2004

Pros: Good size, runs well, good range

Cons: Not football smart, instinctive reactions very poor

Analysis: Reserve LB spots are going to be real difficult to come by this summer

Brandon Smith, WR, Vanderbilt, 5-11, 193

Bio: Finished his career at Vanderbilt with 108 catches for 1,497 yards and five touchdowns…In 2004, he recorded 41 receptions for 553 yards and three touchdowns

Pros: Good hands, decent straight-ahead speed

Cons: Doesn't excel in any particular receiver skill

Analysis: Lack of return ability will hurt Smith's chances

Andy Tidwell-Neal, C, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 310

Bio: Two-year starter on the offensive line, as well as one of the team's 2004 captains…Versatile offensive lineman who took over at center as a senior after playing guard in 2003

Pros: Has thick chest and powerful arms, works hard to sustain and finish blocks

Cons: Lacks explosion coming out of his stance

Analysis: Giants are loaded with interior line depth

Ahmad Treaudo, CB, Southern, 5-10, 181

Bio: Started and ended his career at Southern, with a stop at Division II Delta State in between…Did not start until the fourth game of his senior season, but still managed to lead the nation with nine interceptions for 166 return yards and a touchdown

Pros: Playmaker, good hands and instincts

Cons: Not real experienced

Analysis: Giants, hurting for INTs, can't ignore Treaudo's play-making ability

Derek Wake, LB, Penn State, 6-3, 241

Bio: Finished career with 191 total tackles, 8.5 sacks and 24 tackles for losses…As a senior, Wake started 10 games and recorded 58 tackles, four tackles for losses, one sack, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble

Pros: Has strength and leverage to control blocker and stack run

Cons: Marginal instincts, slow to read and react

Analysis: Aided by a 46-inch vertical leap, Wake was a kick- and punt-blocking terror in college

Kyle Wallace, OT, Georgia Tech, 6-6, 295

Bio: Three-year starter at right tackle for the Yellow Jackets, earned team-high 36 career starts…Started every game for the Yellow Jackets in 2004, the first two at left tackle before returning to right tackle

Pros: Good body control, explosiveness on impact

Cons: Not very powerful, plays too high at times

Analysis: There's no doubt New York is in desperate need of youthful depth on the outside

Darius Williams, TE, Georgia Tech, 6-6, 270

Bio: Started 12 of 24 games…Finished career with nine receptions for 118 yards…Used primarily as a blocking tight end, Williams had six catches for 81 yards as a senior in 2004

Pros: Good size, solid blocker that can match up well with defenders

Cons: One dimensional, raw receiver, lacks great hands

Analysis: Can claim a roster spot if he can consistently block better than Chris Luzar


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