Interesting Players the Giants Brought In For Rookie Mini-camps

Here are some players the Giants brought in for rookie mini-camps that I think can possibly win a roster spot somewhere in the N.F.L. if not with the Giants.

The first pickup I really like is Micah Johnson

the one I like the most DT Nate Collins

He’s undersized, but he”s powerful and was super productive at University or Virigina. He dominated games from the Nose Tackle position and I was suprised he went undrafted.

The Giants, reportedly, had him doing linebacker drills when he visited with them before the draft so you know he’s a great athlete for a man his size.

Another one the Giants like is offensive linemen Dennis Landolt. The Giants like him so much they gave him 25,000 dollars (which from what I read is more than double what undrafted rookie free agents usually get). He could be competiting for a roster spot as well.

Lastly there is running back Anthony Dixon from Connecitcut who also got a rookie try-out.

What do you guys think about the list of players the Giants are bringing in for try outs

Which is here

UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTS

QB Dom Randolph, Holy Cross

TE Jake Ballard, Ohio State

WR Tim Brown, Rutgers

WR Duke Calhoun, Memphis

WR Victor Cruz, UMass

OL Dennis Landolt, Penn State

OL Jim Cordle, Ohio State

DE Ayanga Okpokowuruk, Duke

DT Nate Collins, Virginia

LB Lee Campbell, Minnnesota

CB Seth Williams, Richmond

CB Leon Wright, Duke

S Michael Greco, Central Florida

TRYOUTS

WR Riley Skinner, Wake Forest

RB Deshawn Wynn, Florida (A former Green Bay Packer, who scored two TDs on the Giants in Week 2 of the 2007 season)

RB Tony Hunt, Penn State (A former 3rd-round pick of the Eagles (2007), who played two seasons in Philly)

RB Andre Dixon, Connecticut

RB/FB Brian Toal, Boston College (A Wyckoff, NJ native who played for the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives last year)

FB Anthony Cotorne, Maine (Former Jacksonville Jaguar who blew out his knee before his rookie season started in ’08)

TE Mitch Ryan, San Diego

TE/LS Jon Loyte, Boston College

WR Lance Leggett, Miami (Was in camp with the Cleveland Browns in ‘08)

WR D.J. McAuley, William & Mary

C Robby Felix, UTEP (Was in camp with the Ravens in ’09 before playing in the UFL with Las Vegas)

C Nick Richmond, Delaware State

T Kyle Webber, Garnder-Webb

G Ben Benshoof, Wingate

G Chris Poole, Holy Cross

DE Brandon Crawford, Ball State (The 33 year old who started college after a stint in the Marines)

DT Abe Koroma, Western Illinois (Transferred from Penn State before his senior year)

DT Santonio Thomas, Miami (A 28-year-old who played 11 games for Cleveland in ’08 and had a half-sack. Also spent the ’05-06 seasons on New England’s practice squad and played three games for them in ’07)

LB Micah Johnson, Kentucky

CB Wondy Pierre-Louis, Florida (Was accused of choking his girlfriend in January and is serving one year probation after pleading “no contest”, according to reports)

CB Ben Hannula, San Diego

S John Busing, Miami of Ohio (Played 43 games with the Bengals and Texans from 2006-09)

LS Ryan Neill , Rutgers (Wayne, NJ, native who spent last four years with Bills and Rams)

Duke Calouh from Memphis also had a pre-draft workout with the Giants and is the all time leading receiver at Memphis so he was certainly productive.

But let’s see what Micah Jonhnson has left. Johnsonw as a 2nd round-3rd round grade prior to last year’s draft, but he returned to school battled injuries and had a terrible year.

Between Jonathan Goff, Micah Johnson, Phillip Dillard, Bryan Kehl, and Gerris Wilkinson I think the Giants will find a competent ILB.


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8 Responses to “Interesting Players the Giants Brought In For Rookie Mini-camps”

  1. Craig says:

    I watched the UCONN/Notre Dame game and Andre Dixon looked very good. He could be a very good pick up for the Giants.

  2. Steve B. says:

    Yea I liked the same, and am really surprised all three went un-drafted. Lets see what happens.

  3. old ghost says:

    Guys keep an eye on Michael Greco. He had one fantastic pro day. Outstanding athlete who only played 1 year of safety was the QB. Good hands and smarts to go along with top speed. Could be a real gem.

  4. old ghost says:

    The problem with Micah johnson had to do with a knee injury during 2009 season. Prior to injury he was time at 4.70 after season at combine 5.0 later at pro-day 4.80. I suspect he may be at 4.70 again. His tapes show he should be up their with Spikes and Lee. I like him better then Dillard

  5. nycsportzfan says:

    Lee Campbell MLB MINNESOTA- Ultra Productive MLB from Minnesosta, who has good size, and plays with a Attitude…..

    Victor Cruz WR UMASS- this guy can play, and has good size, and very good route runner, could battle Duke Calhoun to be Practice Squad WR….

    Leon Wright CB Duke- Perfect Nickelback Replacement for Kevin Dockery…..

    Dom Randolph QB H.Cross- This guy is a darkhorse, to make the practice squad…

    Jim Cordle C O.State
    D.Landolt OT Penn St
    D.Richardson OT Iowa- These 3 guys, could all end up being are next Rich Seubert or S. Ohara, guys who make it as UDF’s….

  6. Oldghost! Good to see you here.

    I agree, I was suprised Micah Johnson went undrafted, when his teammate Trevard Lindley (eagles 4th round) did basically the same thing. Great year two years ago, not great this past year.

    After you mentioned something on Michael Greco I found this article on him

    http://blog.blitznation.com/2010/04/02/under-the-radar-michael-greco/

    Which said:

    “It was the 6’3” 217 pounder’s pro day that really drew the attention of many scouts where he posted an astounding 41.5 inch vertical jump showing off his elite athleticism. Greco’s 40 yard dash was reportedly sub 4.40 which is quite impressive for a quarterback turned safety and he put up 22 reps at 225lbs. on the bench press as well.”

    And you’re right, he did have an exceptional pro day and is very athletic for a man his size.

    I wonder if he’s the kind of player you try to stash on the practice squad and develop for a couple of seasons.

  7. AR says:

    As I’ve said before, Collins is an absolute stud. Have been watching him grow at VA, and to me was one of the most underrated prospects of the draft.

  8. nycsportzfan says:

    To AR- You are very correct…I said on Giants Messege board that Collins is the most talented player out of all the UDF’s.. I thought for sure, he’d be going in Rd 6-7.. Goes to show u how deep this yr’s draft actually was, because there were tons of playrs worthy of being drafted that weren’t..

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