How Jerrel Jernigan fits in with Giants

The New York Giants used their third-round pick (No. 83 overall) on a speedster they hope can be a playmaker on special teams as well.

PLAYER: Jerrel Jernigan





THE 411: He's a speedy wide receiver who can also return punts and kickoffs. The Giants were one of the worst teams in punt returns last season and desperately need speed on special teams. Jernigan worked on returning punts with former Troy player and Buffalo Bills special teams standout Leodis McKelvin. He's considered to be a shifty threat after the catch, and played some Wildcat at Troy.

HOW HE FITS IN: The Giants have a ton of wide receivers, but Steve Smith, Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon are all coming off surgeries. Hixon could regain his old returning duties, but Jernigan now gives the Giants an option there and a speedy one at that. The bottom line is, the Giants can use speed and playmakers, and Jernigan sounds like somebody with some home-run ability.