Giants select Gervarrius Owens: 3 things to know

The New York Giants selected Houston safety Gervarrius Owens with the 254th pick in the seventh round of the 2023 NFL draft on Saturday in Kansas City.

Here are three things to know about the newest member of the Giants.

College career

Here are some of Owens’ accomplishments from his senior season at Houston:

  • Team Captain

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Sociology

  • Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference

  • Pro Football Focus (PFF) All-American Athletic Conference

  • Started 12 games at free safety (584 defensive snaps)

  • Second on team in tackles (74) and pass breakups (8)

  • Led Cougars with 54 solo stops

  • Graded as The American’s top safety (82.5) per PFF

  • Graded as The American’s top cover safety (87.6) per PFF

  • Added two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery

  • Registered eight-plus tackles on six occasions

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Tale of the tape

At this year’s NFL combine, Owens measured in at 6-foot tall and 195 pounds. He recorded a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, five inches.

At Houston’s pro day, Owens ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds and his 20-yard shuttle time of 4.08 seconds and three-cone drill time of 6.75 seconds would have been among the best had he participated in them at the Combine.

Why the Giants want him

Depth and character. At Houston, Owens was a team leader and a captain. He was a high performer and as stated, he has excellent athletic ability to play in packages and on special teams.

Story originally appeared on Giants Wire