The Giants will probably want to see how running back Andre Brown is progressing from the surgery that ended his rookie season in training camp before they pull the trigger on any running back in the draft.
But if they decide one is needed to fill out a backfield already populated by Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, and DJ Ware, a second-day pick (remember, the draft is three days now -- First round, April 22; Second and Third rounds, April 23, and rounds four through seven April 24) who might be of some interest is Montario Hardesty of Tennessee.
The guy wasn't invited to the Combine, so the Vols' Pro Day on Wednesday was the scouts' first chance to clock him. The senior rushed for 1,345 yards and 13 touchdowns this year, the fourth-best yardage season ever by a Tennessee back.
At 5-11, 226, he's gained favorable comparisons to the Cowboys' Marion Barber and the Redskins' Clinton Portis. "I grew up a big fan of Walter Payton," he said. "But what I try and do is take all the things that I do well and let those show in the field.''
He got some attention after running a 4.49 40 and benching 21 reps at 225 pounds. Predictions are he could go in the second or third round.
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