G-Force

Gerrick McPhearson is fast; make no bones about that. After running a 4.21 40-yard dash at Maryland's pro day, McPhearson is now known as one of the fastest players in the history of college football, and easily the fastest the Terps have ever had to offer.

"I'm one of those guys that knows my abilities," he said. "Once I get some experience, I'll be fine. Once I get my techniques down my speed will be a much bigger asset."

Hardly shy, the man they call G-Mac said he welcomes the opportunity to shine under the bright lights of New York City.

"The City's fast, I'm a fast guy," he smiled. "It's going to be a good fit."

However, all blazing speed aside, the main knock on McPhearson is the fact that with that speed and those cover skills, he only picked off one pass in his entire career, that coming way back in 2002. McPhearson will point to the fact that he had 19 pass breakups. But the Giants, who just endured five years of Will Allen, obviously noticed.

"There is some concern," Giants director of player personnel Jerry Reese said. "But you're picking in the seventh round. You're looking for something in a player. Our defensive backs coach scouted him and liked what he saw. He has some of the attributes you look for in a good cornerback, like the speed and the awareness. We want to look at him as a cover corner."

McPhearson believes that with extra concentration and plenty of work with the Jugs gun that he can indeed become a much better interceptor. But for now, like all low-round picks, he knows how he's going to have to earn his keep.

"I'm hoping to make a good impact right off the bat on special teams, covering punts and kicks," he said.

For his career, McPhearson started 15 times in 36 games, posted 92 tackles (64 solos) with an eight-yard sack and recovered three fumbles. On the next level, it's obvious that McPhearson is expected to be better in man coverage, where he can utilize his speed to recover for any mistakes. He also has excellent range and exceptional leaping ability, which enables him to compete for jump balls.

A standout in track as well, McPhearson was a member of Maryland's 2005 outdoor IC4A championship 4X100 relay team at the NCAA Regional with a clocking of 40.60 seconds.

McPhearson also boasts good football bloodlines, as his father, Gerrick, played cornerback at Boston College (1984-87) and was in New England's training camp in 1988. His younger brother, Derrick, is a wide receiver at the University of Illinois.

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