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3rd Round: Giants add Safety Jones

EAST RUTHERFORD - After strengthening the front of the defense with their first two draft choices, the Giants bolstered the backline with their third selection.


They chose LSU safety Chad Jones with their third-round pick, the 76th overall.

Jones played in all 40 games at Louisiana State, starting 19 contests – 13 at free safety and six as the nickel back. He recorded 157 tackles (84 solo) with 7.5 stops for losses of 45 yards. Jones added two sacks for minus 25 yards and six quarterback pressures, as he deflected 15 passes and intercepted five others for 81 yards in returns (16.2-yard average).

Jones forced four fumbles and blocked one punt. On special teams, he returned seven kickoffs for 120 yards (17.1-yard average) and 31 punts for 336 yards and one touchdown (10.8-yard average). His 93-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Mississippi State in 2009 was the second-longest punt return in school history behind Eddie Kennison's 100 yard return vs. Mississippi State in 1994.

Jones also caught one pass for 21 yards.

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