Giant Repeat as Reese Grabs 2nd Big-School DB

Jerry Reese tore up last year's draft by selecting several players from major universities that were ready to step right in and contribute. Reese stuck to that game-plan once again in the second round as the Giants tabbed USC cornerback Terrell Thomas.

"Terrell has excellent size for a corner," Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross said. "Big, fast corner who has played at a high level and has been productive. He won't be intimidated when he gets on this stage because at SC obviously they have played a lot of big games and this guy performed well in those."

In 39 games at Southern California, Thomas had 28 starts, recording 109 tackles with four sacks. He intercepted eight passes and broke up a total of 22, while forcing and recovering three fumbles, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

But for all of Thomas' physical attributes, Ross said the club was impressed by Thomas' mental strength.

"As a player, yes, mentally he will be fine, the kid is a very smart guy," Ross said. "That is one of his strengths, his mental (ability) and his savvy and his football instincts."

At 6-4, 202, Thomas ran just a 4.51 40-yard dash, which is a little slow for a cornerback. Ross said he wasn't worried.

"His speed is good. He runs well; he is a big man who runs well and smooth," he said.

Another concern surrounding Thomas was his injury ledger. In 2003, he had surgery on his right shoulder. In 2005, Thomas suffered torn ligaments in his right knee and missed 11 games. Last season, he sat out spring drills due to a dislocated left shoulder.

Again, Ross said he wasn't worried.

"When (Giants trainer) Ronnie Barnes says the guy is OK, I trust him 100 percent," he said.

And with that, the first day of the draft was in the books. The Giants filled two need positions with two big-school players. Sure seems like Reese isn't looking to break something that ain't broken.

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