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Giants take chance on Nebraska lineman

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Interesting move by Giants GM Jerry Reese Tuesday, signing Nebraska offensive lineman Chris Patrick.

Patrick was generally considered the third-best player available in the supplemental draft last week, but was bypassed.

The 6-foot-4, 296-pound Patrick apparently impressed the Giants during a Tuesday workout and was quickly offered a contract.

Here's a scouting report on Patrick from NFL Draft Countdown.

Strengths:
Adequate strength...Physical and plays with a nasty demeanor...A decent athlete and moves well...Versatile and could play multiple positions...Has the frame to get bigger...Is coming off a very good junior campaign...Still has quite a bit of upside.

Weaknesses:
Undersized and doesn't have the ideal bulk that you look for...Will likely have to make a position change at the next level...Relatively new to the position and has some work to do when it comes to technique...Just 1 year of starting experience.

Notes:
Actually began his college career as a defensive end...Really emerged in 2006 as the Huskers starter at left tackle, holding his own versus top pass rushers such as Lawrence Jackson of USC and Quentin Groves of Auburn...Might have been a 3rd or 4th in the 2008 NFL Draft...Could be an intriguing late round sleeper type.

Patrick likely has little chance of contributing this year, but this could turn out to be another of those under-the-radar moves by Reese that pays dividends in the long run.

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