After what felt like a draft process that lasted for years, the 2019 NFL Draft is finally done. But while the draft itself is over, the New York Giants work isn’t done.
After the draft comes the league-wide scrum to sign undrafted free agents. The Giants have had a number of undrafted players who have become major contributors over the years, from Henry Hynoski, Mark Herzlich, and Victor Cruz to Grant Haley, Sean Chander, and Tae Davis last season.
The 32 NFL teams have spent the last few hours, with some starting as early as the fifth round, contacting players who might go undrafted and recruiting them. The heavy lifting of undrafted free agency rests on teams’ area scouts, who have spent months, and even years, getting to know the prospects they have been scouting. Those relationships are important as undrafted free agents are welcome to sign anywhere they choose. Teams have to pitch themselves to prospects they like and position themselves as the best place for the players to succeed and make a roster.
From there the teams have a pool of money with which to pay their undrafted free agents and can include signing bonuses for prospects they are especially keen to sign.
Now, over the next day or so, we will get to see the fruits of their efforts.
Free agents connected to the Giants
- Reggie White (WR, Monmouth) — via Art Stapleton
- James O’Hagen (C, Buffalo) — via Matt Lombardo
- Dominick Bragalone (RB, Lehigh) — via Matt Lombardo
- Jonathan Hilliman (RB, Rutgers) — via his Twitter account
- Paul Adams (OL, Missouri) -- via Alex Schiffer
- Jake Carlock (CB, LIU) -- via Tom Rock
- Josiah Tauaefa (LB, Texas-San Antonio) — via Ralph Vacchiano
- Alex Wesley (WR, Northern Colorado) — via Ralph Vacchiano
- C.J. Conrad (TE, Kentucky) — via Ralph Vacchiano
- Jacob Thieneman (S, Purdue) — via Ralph Vacchiano
- Terronne Prescod (G, N.C. State) — via Chris Trapasso
NOTE: It is important to remember that these are reports and not official signings.