The New York Giants have now made the signings of defensive tackles Carlton Powell and Oren Wilson official. To make room on the 90-man roster, defensive tackle Martin Parker (herniated disc/back) was waived injured.
Wilson is a 6-foot-1, 305-pound rookie from Akron. He had 38 tackles and 3.5 sacks for Akron last season. The Giants had Wilson in camp for their rookie tryout during the spring, but did not sign him at that time. Wilson began his collegiate career at Michigan State.
In a pre-draft scouting report about Wilson, Sports Illustrated summarized him this way:
"Small yet quick defensive lineman who chases hard to make plays. Gets leverage on opponents, keeps his pads low to the ground and wedges through blocks to get behind the line of scrimmage. Tough to move off the ball, quickly changes direction and displays the ability to move laterally then get down the line of scrimmage or outside the box to make plays. Possesses good first-step quickness, stays with the action and keeps his feet moving on contact. Works his hands well to protect himself."
The Giants expect both players to be in uniform Saturday night at MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets.
Neither Powell nor Wilson are likely to be impact players. The Giants need bodies, though, and one of these guys could end up on the 53-man roster.
Note: There has been no news released about the extent of the back injury suffered by defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who had gone to the Hospital for Special Surgery to be examined.