EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants spent the final day of the NFL draft adding inventory at positions where they have a lot of options but not a lot of answers. They took a linebacker in the fourth round, a running back in the fifth and South Carolina tight end Jerell Adams in the sixth.
My take: He's a 6-foot-5, 247-pound former basketball player who fits the size profile of the tight ends teams are looking for. He'll have to show he can block in the run game in order to get on the field. But as was the case with fifth-round running back Paul Perkins, he's not staring at any frighteningly immovable obstacles on the Giants' depth chart at his position.
Another workout warrior: The Giants love guys who do great things at the scouting combine, and Adams' 4.64 time in the 40-yard dash was the best this year among tight ends in Indianapolis. He admits he needs to be sharper in and out of his breaks, but he was a reliable pass-catcher for the Gamecocks. The Giants view him as an athletic player who can refine his game at the pro level.
Fills a need? Giants GM Jerry Reese said Adams is a better blocker than a receiver at this point in his career. Obviously, he'll need to contribute on special teams and earn playing time, but the Giants did struggle last season after the loss of blocking tight end Daniel Fells to illness, and if Adams can block, they likely will make room for him.