Landon Collins (2015)
The 21-year-old started all 16 games this past season, had one interception (should’ve been two), nine passes defended and a huge forced fumble. Collins led the team in tackles with 108 combined, 80 solo. Many are calling him a breakout star.
Myron Guyton (1989)
The 8th round draft pick of the 1989 NFL Draft started 15 of the 16 games he played, recovered 3 fumbles, intercepted 2 passes, and collected 78 tackles from the strong safety position.
Honorable Mentions: Percy Ellsworth (1996), Sam Garnes (1997), Omar Stoutmire (1997), Gibril Wilson (2004), Kenny Phillips (2008), Michael Johnson (2007), Terry Kinard (1983)
Spider Lockhart (1965)
The 22-year-old 13th round draft pick began his career as a cornerback before transitioning to punt returner and free safety. His first season, Spider webbed four interceptions for 117 yards while only having two legs.
Terry Jackson (1978)
The 23-year-old 5th round pick started 14 of the 15 games he played, intercepting 7 balls – the most for a single season in his career – and returning them for a total of 115 yards – another single season high – while also recovering a fumble.
Honorable Mentions: Henry Carr (1965), Dick Nolan (1954), Perry Williams (1984), Mark Collins (1986), Thomas Randolph (1994), Will Peterson (2001), Phillippi Sparks (1992), Corey Webster (2005), Frank Walker (2003), Will Allen (2001), Scott Eaton (1967), Aaron Ross (2007), Mike Dennis (1980), Sheldon White (1988)
After looking at this list, you can see there’s no indication that a great rookie season leads to a great career. Some pan out, some don’t. Some were cut short by injury, some left for other teams, and some couldn’t recapture the magic. However, the recent crop of young talent the Giants have drafted appear to be the real deal. If the Giants are able to pick up another couple starters in this year’s draft – particularly on defense – you could see the beginning of a dynasty.