Hidden Gems

While last year's undrafted free agent crop yielded no hidden gems for Big Blue that's an unlikely scenario to unfold again. The year before that, TE Michael Matthews and S Craig Dahl, who's currently on Steve Spagnuolo's Rams roster, defied the odds and reached the NFL despite not having been drafted.

On the current roster, both LB Antonio Pierce and LG Rich Seubert began their careers as undrafted free agents.

Here follows the list of this year's hopefuls. The first crop is the seven players the Giants signed immediately after the Draft. After that are the six players, three with previous NFL experience, that New York signed after those players attended minicamp on a tryout basis.

Post-Draft signings

Vince Anderson, CB, Webber International, 6-2, 205

Bio: Is the first WIU player to be signed by an NFL team; played both cornerback and safety during his three-year career

Analysis: Good-sized corner certainly didn't seem overmatched after playing at such a small school

Maurice Evans, DE, Penn State, 6-2, 264

Bio: Posted 98 tackles in his three seasons at Penn State; he also posted 16 sacks, 12.5 coming during his superb sophomore season

Analysis: Tore it up in minicamp and looks like he has a pretty good shot of sticking

Alex Field, DT, Virginia, 6-7, 270

Bio: Made 48 tackles and added 4.5 sacks in 12 games as a senior

Analysis: Field looked like an absolute monster out there; played inside and out and was in position to make several plays

Dwayne Hendricks, DT, Miami (Fl.), 6-4, 300

Bio: Millville (NJ) native was rated the No. 19 defensive lineman in the nation and the No. 3 prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep; was second-leading tackler along Miami D-line as a senior, making 27 stops

Analysis: While the DT depth chart is awfully loaded, Hendricks showed some athletic ability during camp

Kenny Ingram, LB, Florida State, 6-5, 239

Bio: Started four of his 13 games last season, posting 22 tackles as well as an INT, a sack and a forced fumble.

Analysis: The Giants converted him from college safety to linebacker; he impressed Tom Coughlin during camp.

Bruce Johnson, CB, Miami (Fl.), 5-11, 182

Bio: As a senior, he started 11 of 12 games at cornerback; he made 29 tackles, which was good for second among Miami DBs

Analysis: Had a pretty good camp; one of the more impressive DBs on hand

Sha'reff Rashad, S, Central Florida, 6-0, 198

Bio: He had 72 tackles as a senior and also posted 14 career interceptions

Analysis: Good character kid certainly caught many eyes during minicamp; showed good range and was constantly around the ball

Tryout survivors

Shaun Bodiford, WR, Portland State, 5-11, 186

Bio: Has one NFL catch for 13 yards in 12 games, having played for the Lions, Packers and Redskins

Analysis: With all the big-name receivers around, Bodiford still showed enough that the Giants inked him after the weekend

Alex Derenthal, C, Temple, 6-4, 298

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior; durable and has played in every Temple game since his freshman year

Analysis: There's certainly a spot to be had for a backup center/guard on this team

Tommie Hill, DE, Colorado State, 6-6, 245

Bio: As a senior was one of two defensive team captains; finished his CSU career by earning New Mexico Bowl Defensive Player of the Game honors; started all 13 contests at right defensive end; led CSU defensive linemen in '08 with 30 tackles (14 solo) and also paced the team with three sacks; had career-high 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a junior

Analysis: Didn't really stand out too much during camp but you know what they say about pass-rushers

Allen Patrick, RB, Oklahoma, 6-1, 196

Bio: Drafted by Baltimore in the seventh round of the 2008 Draft; has also played for Cleveland; finished his Oklahoma career with 1,906 total rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns

Analysis: The Giants certainly need another back or two to take the training camp pounding

Kelvin Smith, LB, Syracuse, 6-2, 240

Bio: Was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 Draft by Miami; has one career tackle on his NFL résumé

Analysis: According to Coughlin, Smith "has done alright for himself"

George Wrighster, TE, Oregon, 6-3, 265

Bio: Has 94 catches for 850 yards (9.0-yard average) during six seasons with Jacksonville; he also scored nine TDs in 67 career games

Analysis: The seven-year vet is by far the most experienced TE on the roster