Giants go for seconds with LSU's Webster BY RALPH VACCHIANO New York Daily News NEW YORK - (KRT) - The Giants had been eyeing LSU cornerback Corey Webster for more than a year, ever since their scouts started writing up glowing reports during his junior season. But on March 31, when he had his workout in Baton Rouge, La., the Giants were sure he would never play for them. "When I left the workout I had my head down," said Jerry Reese, the Giants director of player personnel. "I was like, `There's no way the guy's going to be there when we pick,' because the guy was brilliant." So it was a surprised and happy Giants draft room on Saturday when Webster still was waiting there for them in the second round when they made the 43rd pick in the NFL draft at the Javits Center. The Giants had no first-round pick since they traded it to San Diego in the Eli Manning trade last April, but they got a player who they believe would've been a first-rounder had he left LSU after his junior year. Webster probably would've been a first-rounder this year, too, but he was plagued by injuries during his senior season. He suffered a strained PCL in his right knee in the season opener, which led to a drop-foot problem and minor injuries in his hamstring and hip. He fought through them and missed only one game, but his production dropped to two interceptions after he had picked off seven passes in each of the two previous years. Had he been healthy, though, the Giants think he would've been a top-15 pick or higher - which is where they had him rated last year. "I think he's probably better than the corner from Miami, (Antrel) Rolle (who was picked eighth), and he's (three) inches taller than Pac Man (Jones, who was picked sixth)," Reese said. "We're very fortunate to get the guy, there's no question in my mind." Those injuries, though, obviously scared quite a few teams off - but not the Giants, who were satisfied by his workout performance. It helped, of course, that he played a position where the Giants had a glaring need. They were not very deep behind starting corners Will Allen and Will Peterson, despite solid play last season from Frank Walker and Curtis Deloatch. Plus, Allen is entering the final year of his contract, and the Giants needed some insurance in case he isn't re-signed. "You just never have enough (cornerbacks)," Giants GM Ernie Accorsi said. "You have to have pass rushers and you have to have cover corners. Without that you're dead. There are other things that are important, but when you can't cover, that's touchdowns." (continued) http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/11476197.htm Saban said at the end of the day Saturday that he wished he could have drafted LSU cornerback Corey Webster in the second round. But the New York Giants took Webster 43rd overall, three spots before the Dolphins selected Iowa defensive end Matt Roth.