2012: A Special NYG Draft?

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New York Giants RB David Wilson at the 2012 NFL Combine.

Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back David Wilson speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

First Round – RB, David Wilson, VT

I think Wilson might be a game-changing player immediately. The video I’ve seen is impressive. He seems to possess an amazing skill set which doesn’t often come in one package. Straight line speed, shiftiness, balance and power all in one uniform. Most shifty RBs lack true power and vice versa. The Giants may have found an exception to the rule.

Much like “Bradshaw-a-holics” who wanted Ahmad Bradshaw to get more carries when Brandon Jacobs was the starter, we may see the rise of “Wilson-a-holics” when fans see what this young man can do.

Some say the Giants took Wilson too early. Obviously, the Giants draft room disagrees. Wilson’s play on the field will probably stop that talk very quickly. Jerry Reese stated yesterday that Wilson was the highest rated player at the time their pick arrived, and that they would have taken him over Doug Martin, the player the Tampa Bay Bucs traded up to get at #31.

Second Round – WR, Rueben Randle, LSU

The Giants reportedly considered taking Randle in the first round. If they “overpaid” for Wilson, they certainly “underpaid” for Randle. By all accounts, Randle is an “NFL-ready” receiver.

I think Randle might impact the 2012 Giants in much the same way Steve Smith impacted the 2007 Giants. The potential is certainly there…not only because of Randle’s abilities, but also because of the situation.

Defenses will focus on Nicks and Cruz. That brings opportunity to Randle as well as TE Martellus Bennett and WR Jerrel Jernigan. Let’s hope they all make the most of it.

Third Round – CB, Jayron Hosley, VT

I love this guy!  He was asked why he left college a year early. His answer was college football was getting too easy. Arrogant? Yep, but isn’t that what you want in a cover CB?

He has a nose for the ball. He had nine interceptions in his sophomore season, but his INTs dropped in his junior year to three. Hosley says it’s because QBs knew better than to throw his way. Love it.

He only fell to the Giants in the third round because of a failed drug test at the combine. Let’s hope he puts that behind him. Fortunately, the Giants have a stable locker room. They were able to straighten out a few other young men named Bradshaw and Manningham not so long ago.

Hosley is the third player in this draft who may immediately impact game day. The battle for the third CB slot may be interesting.

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