EAST RUTHERFORD - The Giants have selected Linval Joseph, a defensive tackle from East Carolina, with their second-round selection in the NFL Draft, the 46th overall selection.
Joseph, 6-4 and 328 pounds, is the second defensive linemen chosen by the Giants. In the first round yesterday, the team secured South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
A three-year performer for the Pirates, Joseph played in 41 games with 27 yards. he finished his career with 143 tackles (57 solo), 29.5 tackles for losses totaling 96 yards, 6.5 sacks for 47 yards, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
In 2009, Joseph was an All-Conference USA first-team choice by the league's coaches> he started all 14 games at right defensive tackle, helping pace a unit that ranked second in the conference and 27th nationally vs. the run (120.3 yards per game), led the league in scoring defense (21.9 points per game) and ranked third in total defense (378.3 yards per game). Joseph recorded a career-best 60 tackles (22 solo) with three sacks for minus 17 yards. He led the team and ranked sixth in the conference with 13.0 stops for losses of 39 yards and tied for the team lead with 14 quarterback pressures