"He fits our scheme," Reese said. "He can play that press coverage we're going to play more of this year. This is a need and a value pick. We did not reach for this guy."
"In Aaron Ross we found a guy that's an outstanding physical corner," coach Tom Coughlin added. "He likes to press. He is physical with his hands."
At 6-0, 193 pounds, Reese noted that Ross would likely fare better against larger receivers such as Terrell Owens than the smaller, quicker Santana Moss types.
"He's going to battle those big guys," he said.
Ross recorded 205 tackles and 10 interceptions during his Longhorns career, during which he started only as a senior.
Ourlads Scouting Services stated that Ross is an "instinctive cover corner" and is "physical on run support."
In addition to his defensive prowess the Giants liked Ross because of his proficiency returning punts. He returned three punts for touchdowns while at Texas.
"I expect him to challenge to be back there," Reese said.
Coughlin added that Ross' punt return ability was "a big plus for us as well."
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