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5 things to know about Giants undrafted free agents

Posted May 7, 2015

Here are five things you need to know about the Giants Undrafted Free Agents

Safety Justin Currie, Western Michigan

1. At Western Michigan, Currie, 6-foot-2 and 204 pounds,  made 37 career starts in 47 games and recorded 339 total tackles (183 solo), nine tackles for loss, one sack, five interceptions, 14 pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

2. At the program’s Pro Day, Currie ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds, bench pressed 19 reps at 225 pounds, had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet.

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3. As a senior in 2014, Currie was named a MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and earned Academic All-MAC honors. He led the team with 105 total tackles (69 solo) to go along with an interception and seven pass breakups. Currie recorded 10 tackles and in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Air Force.

4. Currie had a breakout campaign in 2012, when he was named Second Team All-MAC and WMU's Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. He followed that up with career highs in tackles (113), tackles for loss (seven), interceptions (three), and forced fumbles (two) in 2013.

5. Born in Royal Oak, Mich., Currie earned first-team all-conference honors at Big Rapids High School, where he rushed for 1,226 yards and 15 touchdowns.



Offensive Lineman Sean Donnelly, Tulane

1. Donnelly, 6-foot-8 and 297 pounds, was a three-year starter for Tulane, where he played 42 games with 36 starts. Donnelly earned all-conference honors in each of his final two collegiate seasons.

2. Pro Day Results - 40-yard dash: 5.59 and 5.49 seconds; Vertical jump: 26 inches; Broad jump: 8 feet, 8 inches; Short shuttle: 4.84 seconds; 3-cone: 8.4 seconds; Bench: 19 reps of 225 pounds.

3. During his junior and senior seasons, Donnelly started at right tackle after playing on the left side all of his sophomore year. As a junior in 2013, he was named honorable-mention All C-USA by the league coaches and media members after helping the team average 303.3 yards per game.

4. Born in New York, N.Y., Donnelly was a three-year letterman at Trinity-Pawling, where he saw time along the offensive and defensive lines for head coach David Coratti. As a senior, he was named Class A All-Erickson and All-New England after helping block for an offense that averaged 255.1 yards per game on the ground and 103.1 yards per game passing while chipping in with 24 tackles (13 solo, 11 assists) and 3.0 sacks on defense. He started nine games and did not allow a sack as a junior while helping lead Trinity-Pawling to an 8-1 record with a win in the Eaton-Estey Bowl. Donnelly began his prep career at Pelham Memorial where he started as a sophomore and earned all-state, all-section and all-league honors.

5. NFL.com scouting report: Has size and foot quickness to be swing tackle who can play either tackle spot and handle himself in pass protection. Donnelly relies on footwork and positioning over power to get his man blocked in the running game and he could struggle against power unless he improves his core strength. His functional movement, ability to sustain blocks and tenacity give him a shot at becoming a starter at some point.

Linebacker Cole Farrand, Maryland


1. Farrand, 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, was All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention in 2014, when he had 118 tackles, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. He finished his Maryland career with 283 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss.

2. Pro day results - 40-yard dash: 4.75 seconds; Vertical jump: 34.5 inches; Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch; 10-yard dash: 1.58 seconds; 20-yard dash: 2.66 seconds; 20-yard shuttle: 4.20 seconds; 3-cone: 6.84 seconds.

3. As a junior, he was an Academic All-ACC selection for the second-straight year and named honorable mention All-ACC selection by the media and coaches while he was a member of the team’s leadership council. Career highs - Tackles: 23 (vs. Clemson, 10/26/13); Solo Tackles: 9 (vs. Clemson, 10/26/13); TFL: 2.0 (vs. William & Mary, 9/1/12).

4. Born in Denville, N.J., Farrand was a productive tight end and linebacker at Pope John XXIII High School, where he helped lead the team to a 10-1 record as a senior and 9-2 as a junior. Farrand was a 2010 second team all-state selection and a first team all-state (non-public school) pick as well as a 2010 Star Ledger Fab 50 choice. His brother, Brigham, played at Bucknell.

5. NFL.com scouting report: Plays with consistent toughness at the point of attack. Will fight through impediments to get to the ball. Gap responsible. Steady tackler when he gets his shot.



Defensive Lineman Brad Harrah, Cincinnati

1. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Harrah played 42 career games at Cincinnati, where he recorded 59 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and two passes defensed.  

2. Pro day results - Bench press: 26 reps at 225 pounds; 40-yard dash: 4.93 seconds; Vertical jump: 33.5 inches; Broad jump: 10 feet, 4 inches.

3. In 2014, Harrah made nine starts in 13 games at defensive tackle, recording 32 total tackles, six tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

4. Harrah was one of three Cincinnati student-athletes to post perfect 4.0 GPAs during a semester. He was also one of 11 teammates to earn a bachelor’s degree while enrolling in postgraduate programs in 2014.

5. An Ohio native, Harrah played at Marion Pleasant High School, where his team won the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Championship in 2008 and earned the MOAC Blue Division Title in 2009. He was named the NCOCA Defensive Player of the Year as a senior as well as a First-Team all-MOAC, First-Team Central District and First-Team all-Ohio honoree. His uncle Toby Harrah played for the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers and is in the Rangers Hall of Fame.

Running Back Akeem Hunt, Purdue


1. In 2014, the 5-foot-10, 183-pound Hunt played in 12 games, leading the Boilermakers with 949 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He was named offensive MVP in a vote by his teammates.

2. Pro day results - 40-yard dash: 4.4 and 4.36 seconds; Vertical jump: 37 inches; Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches; 20-yard short shuttle: 4.11 seconds; 3-cone drill: 6.71 seconds.

3. Hunt piled up 2,035 yards and 11 touchdowns on 371 career carries (5.49 avg.). He also caught 100 passes for 841 yards and six touchdowns in college in addition to two kickoff returns for touchdowns, which went for distances of 100 and 99 yards.

4. A native of Covington, Ga., Hunt played at Newton High School, where he averaged 5.7 yards per carry as a senior, gaining 654 yards on 115 rushes with seven touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 231 yards (15.4 average) and two scores and was team offensive MVP as a senior.

5. NFL.com scouting report: Used in a variety of roles at Purdue. Used on jet sweeps and as slot receiver as well as running back and kick returner. Offers depth-chart value. Saw plenty of toss plays in an effort to get his blazing speed in space on the perimeter. Gets to his top speed quickly and can pull away from defenders who think they have angles on him. Dangerous after the catch. Has 99-yard and 100-yard kickoff returns on his resume.



Tight End Matt LaCosse, Illinois

1. LaCosse, 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, caught 38 passes for 397 yards (10.4 avg.) and six touchdowns in 46 games during his career at Illinois.

2. Pro day results - 40-yard dash: 4.71 seconds; Bench press: 20 reps at 225 pounds; Vertical jump: 30 inches; Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches.

3. Career highs - Receptions: 5 at Indiana, 11/9/13; Receiving Yards: 68 vs. Miami (Ohio), 9/28/13; Long Reception: 45 vs. Miami (Ohio), 9/28/13; Touchdowns: 2 vs. Miami (Ohio), 9/28/13.

4. A native of Naperville, Ill., LaCosse was a Chicago Tribune honorable mention All-State selection at North High School, where he played quarterback . He won eight varsity letters in high school: three in football, three in basketball and two in baseball. His father, Dave, played football at Ball State.

5. NFL.com scouting report: With a long frame and good speed, LaCosse has the tools to work with for teams looking for a tight end who can stretch the field or stress linebackers in one-on-one matchups. His lack of college production will limit the number of team radars he hits, but he has enough talent to warrant a legitimate look and his ability to play special teams should help his chances.