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Giants roster moves: Eli Apple, three other draft picks sign rookie contracts

Giants also announce signing of 14 undrafted free agents.

Eli Apple
Eli Apple
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Four players from the New York Giants' 2016 NFL Draft class signed their rookie contracts on Friday. First-round pick Eli Apple, second-round pick Sterling Shepard, fifth-round pick Paul Perkins, and sixth-round pick Jerell Adams all signed. That leaves only third-round pick Darian Thompson and fourth-round pick B.J. Goodson yet to sign.

The Giants also announced the signings of 14 undrafted free agents. More players could be signed after the rookie mini-camp concludes on Saturday.

UDFA signings

JOSH WOODRUM, QB, LIBERTY
Height: 6-3
Weight: 231
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
Overview: Starting since his redshirt freshman campaign, Woodrum set school records in attempts (1,304), completions (833), and passing yards (10,266). The three-time All-Big South selection was a team captain, throwing 61 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in his career. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.80 seconds and led the quarterbacks in the three-cone drill at 6.74 seconds. He also finished in the top five at his position with a broad jump of 117 inches.

MARSHAUN COPRICH, RB, ILLINOIS STATE
Height: 5-8
Weight: 207
Hometown: Victorville, Calif.
Overview: The two-time Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year ended his career with All-America honors by The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), The Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), STATS and The Associated Press. After rushing for 2,274 yards in 2014 and 1,967 yards in 2015, he was invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds, the same as Ohio State running back and eventual No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott.

ROGER LEWIS, WR, BOWLING GREEN
Height: 6-0
Weight: 196
Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio
Overview: A Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, Lewis finished his career fifth in school history with 2,673 receiving yards, 10th in receptions (158) and sixth in touchdowns (23). After picking up first-team All-MAC and third-team All-American honors, he was the first BGSU to be invited to the NFL Scouting Combine since 2012. In Indianapolis, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds.

K.J. MAYE, WR, MINNESOTA
Height: 5-8
Weight: 191
Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
Overview: In 2015, he caught 73 passes for 773 yards, and five touchdowns. His 73 receptions ranked second all-time for a Gopher senior behind Eric Decker's 84 receptions in 2008. His 773 yards were the most for a Gopher since Decker had 1,074 in 2008. At his pro day, Maye ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds.

DARIUS POWE, WR, CALIFORNIA
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Hometown: Lakewood, Calif.
Overview: Power had a breakout senior season in 2015, recording career highs of 47 receptions, 560 yards receiving and eight touchdown catches (tied for eighth in school history). He finished his career with 104 receptions, 1,253 yards receiving and 11 touchdown catches. At Cal, he caught passes from future Rams quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff.

CEDRICK LANG, TE, UTEP
Height: 6-7
Weight: 269
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Overview: Lang used his fifth year of eligibility to play football after suiting up for the UTEP basketball team for four years. He played in all 12 contests in 2015, making one start at North Texas. He hauled in the game-winning touchdown during an overtime victory at rival New Mexico State. Lang was used mostly as a blocking tight end as the Miners allowed just 12 sacks in 12 games, ranking first in Conference USA in tied sixth nationally.

RYAN MALLECK, TE, VIRGINIA TECH
Height: 6-4
Weight: 249
Hometown: Point Pleasant, N.J.
Overview: Malleck logged a team-high 940 plays -- 806 at tight end and 134 on special teams -- in 2015, ending his college career with 32 starts. He missed the entire 2013 season after sustaining a left rotator cuff tear/labral tear during the preseason. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where he finished in the top five at his position in the vertical (34.5 inches) and broad (121.0 inches) jumps.

ROMEO OKWARA, DE, NOTRE DAME
Height: 6-5
Weight: 265
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Overview: After moving to the United States from Nigeria as sixth-grader, Okwara was a 25-game starter who led the Irish in sacks in 2014 and 2015. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.90 seconds and did 23 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.

MIKE ROSE, DE, N.C. STATE
Height: 6-2
Weight: 261
Hometown: Fountain Inn, S.C.
Overview: A consensus second-team All-ACC selection in 2015, Rose recorded 51 tackles and led the Wolfpack with 15 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. As a junior, he ranked third in the ACC in tackles for loss with 12.

MELVIN LEWIS, DT, KENTUCKY
Height: 6-2
Weight: 343
Hometown: Compton, Calif.
Overview: After beginning at Fullerton (Calif.) Junior College, Lewis transferred to Kentucky, where he emerged as a regular starter in 2014. He was the only returning starter on the defensive line in 2015, but a broken leg cut his final season short.

GREG MILHOUSE, DT, CAMPBELL
Height: 6-1
Weight: 295
Hometown: Garner, N.C.
Overview: A transfer from Appalachian State, Milhouse recorded five sacks in 11 games for the Camels in 2015. At his pro day, Milhouse ran the 40-yard dash in 4.90 seconds and did 26 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.

ANDREW ADAMS, S, CONNECTICUT
Height: 5-11
Weight: 202
Hometown: Fayetteville, Ga.
Overview: Adams started 33 games over his career, serving as one of four captains during the 2015 season. He led the Huskies in tackles and was named second-team All-American Athletic Conference.

DONTE DEAYON, CB, BOISE STATE
Height: 5-9
Weight: 158
Hometown: Rialto, Calif.
Overview: A three-time All-Mountain West selection, Deayon ended his college career with 17 interceptions, good for fifth on Boise State's all-time list and third on the conference's all-time list. He will reunite with former Broncos teammate and safety Darian Thompson, the Giants' 2016 third-round draft choice who became the Mountain West's all-time interceptions leader (19).

MICHAEL HUNTER, CB, OKLAHOMA STATE
Height: 6-0
Weight: 186
Hometown: Monroe, La.
Overview: A 2015 All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, Hunter was a fifth-year transfer from Indiana University. Hunter impressed scouts at Oklahoma State's pro day, running the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds. He also did 17 reps in the bench press and had a vertical jump of 38.5 inches.