The Giants signed a group of UDFAs after the conclusion of the draft last night: DL Kelcy Quarles of South Carolina, USC TE Xavier Grimble, DT Eathyn Manumaleuna of BYU and DE Kerry Wynn of Richmond.
Also inked overnight, all defenders: Georgia Tech DE Emmanuel Dieke, Notre Dame LB Dan Fox, Louisiana-Lafayette LB Justin Anderson, Michigan S Thomas Gordon, and Ohio State S C.J. Barnett.
Some quick bios and reactions…
USC TE Xavier Grimble
Rotoworld: Grimble (6-foot-4, 261) was underutilized in Lane Kiffin’s offense, which made infrequent use of the tight end as a receiver. He finished his three-year career with 69 catches for 731 yards (10.6 YPR) and 11 touchdowns before turning pro. A sub-par athlete (5.02 forty, 9-foot-2 broad jump), Grimble will have to make his living as an in-line tight end, which means he must improve greatly as a blocker.
Fennelly: I’ve been saying teams may just take USC players just for the hell of it. You know they have the talent. The program had three head coaches the past three years and many players did not post the stats amidst all the confusion. Grimble could be one of those players.
Richmond DE Kerry Wynn
Rotoworld: Wynn (6-foot-5, 266) was a three-year starter for the Spiders, finishing his career with 24 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. He made third-team all-conference in the CAA as a senior. Wynn showed moderate athleticism at the Combine, clocking 4.87 in the forty with a 34-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. He might be best served bulking up and becoming a power end.
Fennelly: Not much to get excited about here, but with the proper training and coaching could possibly play in this league. Has the frame to bulk up. Seems to have good instincts, but looks like a project at this point.
BYU DT Eathyn Manumaleuna
Rotoworld: Manumaleuna (6-foot-1 3/4, 296) returned from a 2012 patellar tendon tear to register seven tackles for loss, one sack and a blocked kick as senior. He ran 5.16 at the Combine with a 28-inch vertical and 29 reps on the bench. Manumaleuna lacks flashy pass-rush tools, but offers adequate athleticism and is very hard to move. He’s “country strong” with legit two-gap ability.
Fennelly: The Giants have 5-man rotation at DT right now if you include 3rd round selection Jay Bromley. This kid will have to really stand out to be considered for the roster, but he appears to have the drive needed to give it a run.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The big name here is Quarles, who was not drafted mainly because of some off-field issues. But he’s a project that can be molded into an NFL DT. Quarles declared early and could have used another year at SC to developed. He benefited from playing next to top pick Jadeveon Clowney last season and was projected as a third-to-fifth round pick by some.
NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki on Quarles: “Good size and initial quickness. Long arms and strong upper body — can press and extend to create operating space. Flashes the ability to walk guards back. Is fairly light on his feet and shows nice closing burst to the quarterback. Good pursuit effort when his battery is charged. Heavy tackler. Excellent sack production, particularly for an interior defender — 9.5 sacks ranked second nationally among defensive tackles.”
The Giants could have a find here if this kid behaves himself. As for the others, they will have long roads to haul to make this suddenly talent-laden roster.