First Draft Pick Falls

Last year, all eight of Jerry Reese's draft picks made the Giants roster, with all but one playing integral roles in New York's Super Bowl championship season.

That will not be the case this year as DE Robert Henderson, selected in the sixth round, was waived/injured with an ankle injury. Also sent packing via the waived/injured route was promising rookie safety Nehemiah Warrick, who had an ailing knee. In their place, Big Blue signed a pair of veterans – safety Stuart Schweigert and defensive end Antonio Reynolds.

Schweigert entered the NFL as the third-round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders in 2004, when he was the 67th overall pick. He played 63 games with 42 starts in four seasons in Oakland. Schweigert had 315 tackles (255 solo), four interceptions and 18 passes defensed. In 2007, Schweigert played in 15 games with 10 starts and finished with 69 tackles (56 solo), two interceptions and four passes defensed. He was released by Oakland on May 20 and signed by the Washington Redskins on June 2. Washington released Schwiegert last Tuesday.

Reynolds was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent on May 6 and was waived on May 14. At the University of Tennessee, he played in 49 games and started all 25 games in which he played in his final two seasons. His career totals included 89 tackles (53 solo), 13 tackles for losses of 52 yards, 5.0 sacks for 30 yards and an interception that he returned 70 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette. As a senior in 2007, Reynolds started each of Tennessee's 14 games at right defensive end and had 31 tackles (18 solo), 55 tackles for losses of 29 yards, 3.0 sacks for 18 yards and his interception.

Schweigert was issued jersey No. 38, while Reynolds is wearing No. 78.

Henderson was chosen on the sixth round of this year's draft from Southern Miss issippi, the 199th pick overall. He sprained his ankle in Detroit on Thursday night. Henderson is the first Giants draft choice to be waived since 2006; last year, all eight draft Giants draft choices made the roster.

Warrick was a rookie free agent from Michigan State whom the Giants signed on May 6.


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