With the New York Giants Mini-camp underway (May 11-13), a lot is expected from the Giants top 3 selections in the 2012 Draft: (RB) David Wilson, (WR) Rueben Randle and (CB) Jayron Hosley
Aside from these top three prospects, I have compiled my top 5 rookies who I feel might make an impact in 2012 or even beyond.
My selections were based on where they were drafted, overall ability and how high a ceiling each prospect projects. The Giants did a fabulous job in the draft and also in the signing of undrafted prospects. I feel that in the right situation and guidance, these 5 players can develop into solid contributors for the Giants and have long careers in the NFL.
1. (TE) Adrien Robinson, 6-5, 270 lbs, Cincinnati
was a big surprise to me when GM Reese
selected him in the 4th
round (#127) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Statistically, Robinson
did not dominant in college, but did establish himself as an excellent blocker. GM Reese
compared him to Jason Pierre-Paul
in terms of raw talent and he could very well be the biggest sleeper pick in the 2012 rookie class. Robinson
has speed, having clocked a 4.57
in the 40-yard dash, and length (83-inch arms) to get the ball while it’s in the air or to fight off the jam at the line of scrimmage.
The Giants have signed free agent Martellus Bennett
and also have Bear Pascoe
in the mix. Robinson
will most likely compete against 3 other TE’s (Ryan Purvis, Christian Hopkins
and Larry Donnell
) for the remaining spot. With Jake Ballard
and Travis Beckum
question marks due to their respective knee injuries, Robinson
has a good chance on making the team and under the tutelage of TE Coach Pope
, could develop into a very well-rounded TE.
2. (RB/HB) Joe Martinek, 6-0, 225 lbs, Rutgers
was projected by GM Reese
to be taken in the 2012 Draft in rounds 6 or 7. Fortunately for the Giants, when he wasn’t the Giants acted quickly and signed the RB out of Rutgers. GM Reese
has described Martinek
as a hybrid, who can create mismatches to opposing teams. I can see Martinek
excelling for the Giants on special teams and also getting a few plays on offense that would utilize his talents.
3. (S) Janzen Jackson, 6-0, 187 lbs, McNeese State
is very athletic and is a hard-hitting safety, and can play some cornerback in nickel or dime coverage’s as well. Jackson
originally attended Tennessee
, until he was kicked off the team for disciplinary reasons, which led him to McNeese State
. Many scouts have compared Jackson
to Antrel Rolle
is statue and playing style. Very aggressive and enjoys playing a physical game. GM Reese
has addressed Jackson’s
off-the-field issues as the main reason for his draft stock to tumble, If Jackson
follows the program and can distinguish himself on special teams, and he has as good a chance as anyone of making the roster as an undrafted free agent.
4. (DT) Markus Kuhn 6’4, 300lbs, North Carolina State
is a big interior defensive lineman who only started for one year at North Carolina State. He showed good effort in that year in all areas of his play, excels in running down plays from the backside and will be a force working from within. Kuhn
has good speed for his size (4.89
) and has an endless motor. Kuhn
has a blue collar football player mentality and with the right coaching and hard work by Kuhn
, the Giants could have found themselves a steal in the 7th
round. I can see Kuhn
starting out on the special teams and slowly earning his way as part of the Giants DL rotation as a DT/DE. With a combination of strength and speed, Kuhn
could be utilized to rush from the edge or help plug the middle.
5. (DE) Adewale Ojomo 6’4, 275lbs, Univ of Miami
showed flashes of his skill on the field at Miami last season. Has shown the ability to make plays laterally and also by penetrating into the backfield. Many scouts see an upside to Ojomo’s
game and some scouts believe that Ojomo
could become a disruptive force in the NFL. Ojomo
has an endless motor and never gives up on the play and displayed excellent leverage and good tackling skills. I believe Ojomo
is more of a project than the other 4 prospects mentioned above. If the Giants are patient and endure the growing pains with Ojomo
, then perhaps the Giants have found themselves another pass rusher for the future.