The New York Giants will hold their Pro Day for local 2016 NFL Draft prospects on Friday. Let's look at the list of players expected to work out and meet with the Giants in pursuit of their NFL dreams.
Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers -- Probably the most highly-regarded of any of the players who will be working out for the Giants on Friday, the 5-foot-11, 211-pound Carroo could be a mid-round selection. As Alex recently detailed, however, he comes with character concerns. Carroo's meetings with the Giants are probably more important than anything he does on the field Friday.
Quentin Gause^, OLB, Rutgers -- A 6-foot, 232-pound linebacker who was second on the Scarlet Knights in tackles with 96, and led the team with 12 tackles for loss. A 2015 All-Big 10 Honorable Mention. Team captain. Gause posted impressive numbers at the Rutgers Pro Day. He also played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Savon Huggins, RB, Northern Iowa -- The top-ranked college football prospect in New Jersey in 2011, Huggins gained only 842 yards and averaged just 3.2 yards per carry in three seasons at Rutgers. He played a year at Northern Iowa as a graduate transfer. Huggins was impressive at the Rutgers Pro Day.
Paul James, RB, Rutgers -- A 5-11, 205-pound Glassboro, N.J. native, James averaged 5.6 yards per carry during four years at Rutgers, with his best year being an 881-yard 2013 seasons. James was beset by injuries with the Scarlet Knights, suffering, a broken fibula, torn ACL and an ankle injury that slowed him. In 2016 Draft Guide, Dane Brugler calls him "a Ryan Matthews clone," but also slaps the "fragile" tag on him.
Kaiwan Lewis, ILB, Rutgers -- We profiled Lewis, an intelligent, well-spoken young man with a bright future outside of football if he doesn't make it in the NFL, earlier this week.
Steve Longa, OLB, Rutgers -- Longa had 342 tackles in three seasons at Rutgers, totaling more than 100 in each season. The 5-11, 241-pound junior is considered a potential late-round selection. Longa, who earned Honorable Mention All-Big 10 honors, performed at the Scouting Combine. Brugler writes that "Longa will endear himself to coaches with his hardworking attitude and locked-in motor and he has enough talent to stick as a versatile back-up, possibly as a spot starter down the road."
Keith Lumpkin, OT, Rutgers -- At 6-foot-7, 317 pounds with what NFL.com calls "excellent length," Lumpkin looks like an NFL tackle. He started the last 38 games of his career at left tackle for Rutgers and received Honorable Mention All-Big 10 honors last season. He is considered a marginal NFL prospect.
Sam Bergen, FB, Rutgers -- Due to a pair of knee injuries, it took Bergen six years to use his four years of eligibility at Rutgers. He's a 6-foot, 250-pound 24-year-old. Strength is apparently his calling card.
DT Matt Ioannidis (Temple) -- In a deep defensive tackle class, the 6-3, 299-pound Ionnadis is considered a mid-round prospect. Ioannidis was a three-year starter at Temple and finished with 10 sacks and 30 tackles for loss in 44 total games. Brugler says he is "a blue-collar brawler with the core strength, hustle, and intangibles that will earn him NFL playing time."
QB Terrel Hunt (Syracuse) -- Lost his senior season when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the first quarter of the season's first game. Also suffered a fractured fibula midway through the 2014 season. He ended up playing just 19 games in three seasons with the Orange. Completed 250-of-420 passing attempts (59.5 percent) at Syracuse with 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
DB Jordan Lucas (Penn State) -- A 5-foot-11½, 201-pound safety, Lucas is considered a potential late-round pick. He ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash with a 1.52-second 10-yard split at the Penn State Pro Day. A three-year starter, Lucas has been used at safety, nickel corner, and linebacker. Per Brugler, projects as a career backup.
OC Angelo Mangiro (Penn State) -- Mangiro, 6-2, 310 pounds, started at both guard and center for the Nittany Lions the past two seasons
LB Kassan Messiah (UMass) -- Messiah was a starting outside linebacker for the Minutemen in 2015 and had 64 tackles, four sacks and 6.5 total tackles for loss. He is listed at 6-4, 242 pounds.
OL Jake Schunke (Towson) -- Listed at 6-5, 300 pounds, Schunke projects as a guard and is a likely undrafted free agent.
C Garrick Mayweather (Fordham) -- Listed in Brugler's draft guide as 6-5, 331 pounds, Mayweather was a three-year starter at left guard for the Rams.
DB Junior Lee (Connecticut) -- Lee is a safety who didn't even start for the Huskies, but impressed the Giants and other teams at the UConn Pro Day. The 6-foot, 209-pound Lee recorded a 37-inch vertical, a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump, 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench, and a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.
DL Jake Ceresna (Cortland) -- A 6-5, 295-pound defensive end, Ceresna had 63 tackles in 12 games, including 18 for loss. He had 9.5 sacks, six passes defensed and 17 quarterback hits. He also forced two fumbles.
RB Terry Williams (Kutztown) -- In 21 games over the past two seasons, Williams carried the ball 236 times for 1,501 yards, 6.4 yards per carry. He got the attention of scouts at the Baltimore Regional Combine when he ran a blistering 4.43 in the 40-yard dash.
TE Hakeem Valles (Monmouth) -- Valles is the younger brother of Max Valles, a sixth-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2015 who spent the season on the practice squad. Valles, 6-6, 260 pounds, caught 40 passes over the past two season for Monmouth. Valles ran a 4.64 40-yard dash at an NFL Regional Combine.
OL Ramy Kased (Bucknell) -- Listed at 6-6, 315 pounds, Kased was a three-year starter at right tackle for Bucknell.
RB Matt Deiana (William Paterson) -- This is a fun one. Deiana is listed at 5-7, 190 pounds and runs his own personal training center. In three years at William Paterson, he carried the ball 331 times for 1,492 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and caught 44 passes.
DT Connor Wujciak (Boston College) -- Projected as a late-round pick, Wujciak had 7.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss in 25 games over the past two seasons for the Eagles. He is 6-2, 291 pounds, and Brugler projects his as a 'tweener who could play defensive end in a 4-3.
DL Wayne Williams (West Georgia) -- A 6-4, 325-pound JUCO transfer to Syracuse, he was kicked off the team prior to the 2015 season and finished his collegiate career at Division II West Georgia. He played only five games at Syracuse, apparently does not have an agent, and the Giants local Pro Day will be his first visit to an NFL team
DB Naim Cheeseboro (Stony Brook) -- Last season, Giants tight end Will Tye became the first Stony Brook player to play in a regular-season NFL game. The Giants were reportedly one of 15 NFL teams to attend the Stony Brook Pro Day, where Cheeseboro was a participant. He is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety who had 52 tackles, six passes defensed, and two forced fumbles for the Seawolves in 2015.
** SOURCES: List compiled from Walter Football, NJ Advance Media, Syracuse,com, Newsday