Rapid Reaction: Giants take another LB

The Giants added another linebacker with the last of their three sixth-round picks.

PLAYER: Jacquian Williams

SCHOOL: South Florida

POSITION: Linebacker



THE 411: Williams was a teammate of last year's first-round pick, Jason Pierre-Paul, at both South Florida and Fort Scott Community College. Williams is an athletic linebacker who ran a 4.63, 40 on grass according to the Giants. He's an under-the-radar linebacker who is a late developer and wasn't mentioned much by prognosticators before the draft. He led South Florida with 71 tackles last year and was a team captain.

HOW HE FITS IN: Williams brings athleticism to the team and the Giants can use that at linebacker and especially on special teams. Williams is more of a fit on the weak side. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell used mostly two linebackers and often went with three safeties last year. The Giants are looking for someone to step up as a third linebacker. Clint Sintim is coming off an ACL injury. The Giants drafted Michigan State's Greg Jones, a middle linebacker, earlier in the round. They hope Williams is a guy who will help this season on special teams and eventually could develop into a guy they will like on the outside.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: "Jacquian Williams is kind of an undercover guy who not many people have heard about him," said Marc Ross, director of college scouting. "This guy is almost 6-3, 235 pounds. He played about 220 or so because he has put on weight, growing into his body. He is fast. He ran 4.63 on grass at his pro day. He plays that way on the field. He plays with an edge, more of a run-and-chase kind of guy who plays hard, flies around and he likes to hit."

"He jumps off the tape at you because of his speed and competitiveness," Ross added. "And he flies around."