New York Giants 2012 Draft: How Each Draft Pick Fits into Giants' Plan in 2012

Jeff ShullAnalyst IApril 29, 2012

New York Giants 2012 Draft: How Each Draft Pick Fits into Giants' Plan in 2012

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    The 2012 NFL draft went off without a hitch, and the New York Giants had a clear game plan to get Eli Manning surrounded with weapons after losing a few to free agency and injuries in 2012. 

    With Mario Mannigham and Brandon Jacobs out of the picture, the first two picks in the draft will replace their production in the Giants offense. One could even say the Giants are now better off. 

    After that it got a bit hazy but the ceilings of the final five players drafted are all very high. Let's take a look at how Jerry Reese's picks fit with the team. 

David Wilson, RB

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    The Giants have to expect Wilson to come in and be the backup to Ahmad Bradshaw. For the Giants that means significant carries. Wilson is a tough runner with good vision and patience for inside runs, and elite speed to be a home run hitter as well. 

    The front office and coaching staff love his ability to make big plays, which is something they've lacked from the position since Tiki Barber left. Wilson can contribute as a receiver as well, but needs to improve his pass blocking so he can be a better third-down back. 

Rueben Randle, WR

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    With the loss of Mario Manningham, the Giants took a good look at their roster and obviously decided they needed to add a wide receiver to replace his production. While they may have waited until later to do so, they admitted Randle was too good to pass up. 

    He is big, strong and fast, and was held back by poor quarterback play. Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross said Randle is an "NFL ready wide receiver." They expected him to be gone by the time they picked at No. 63.

    Randle can play the outside as he is a fantastic deep threat and dominant in the red zone. He is also an elite blocker at the position and takes pride in that fact. The Giants need all the help they can get run blocking this year.

    Domenik Hixon will definitely compete with Randle for the third spot, but it will be a tight race.  

Jayron Hosley, CB

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    Despite the fact that Bobby Massie was still available at No. 94, the Giants went with small, feisty cornerback Jayron Hosley. 

    David Wilson's roommate and good friend, Hosley comes into the NFL with some baggage. He reportedly failed a drug test at the NFL combine. 

    The Giants obviously love his upside and the versatility he brings in the return game. Though some complain he is undersized, Hosley uses that to motivate himself (via New York Daily News). 

    “I definitely have to go out there with confidence. I’m not a bigger guy so guys might see me as a little vulnerable or the little guy. So I definitely have to go out there with a little aggression. [It’s] kind of the ‘little man syndrome’ in that sense. [I’m] definitely aggressive, man.”

    Hosley has a crowded list of corners to compete with, but there is no reason to believe he's anything less than the fourth-best corner on the roster. He has the skill level to become the team's nickel corner. 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara was a disappointment in his rookie year, though he battled through a broken foot. 

    These two will compete in camp, it should be exciting. 

Adrien Robinson, TE

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    The Giants could have gotten one of the steals in the draft when they took Adrien Robinson, tight end from Cincinnati. Robinson did not produce much while in college, but has the potential to be a monster at the next level. 

    Jerry Reese called Robinson "the JPP of tight ends" (via The New York Times). If that does not get you stoked to see what he can do, nothing will. 

    Robinson is not only big (6'4'', 267 lbs) and fast (4.57 40), but he was primarily a blocker in college and relished that role. He loves to block, and the Giants love that about him.

    I expect the Giants will try to slowly bring him along, using Martellus Bennett and Bear Pascoe primarily early on. Given that Robinson is already a terrific blocker, he could be used in that role. The Giants were thin at tight end to start the off season; now it has become a strength. 

Brandon Mosley, OT

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    Brandon Mosley started the final 11 games for Auburn during their championship run, all at right tackle. That has to be where the Giants see him, at least for now. 

    Both Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin talked about how Mosley is a quick learner and could play both tackle and guard for them. Reese compared him to David Diehl in that regard.

    For now Mosley will be inserted as a backup, learning behind the vets and hopefully developing into a guy the Giants can count on down the road.  

Matt McCants, OT

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    With their sixth-round selection, the Giants took a second straight offensive tackle. Matt McCants expects to be more of a project than fourth-rounder Brandon Mosley. The team does not expect McCants to contribute early, but love his upside. 

    One of the knocks on McCants is his weight, which was only about 285 while in college. He bulked up to 308 at his early March pro day, and according to Tom Coughlin has bulked up even further to 315. 

    According to Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News, the Giants plan on placing McCants at the backup left tackle spot. He will have to learn from Will Beatty and the rest of the veterans before the Giants can count on him as a starter.

    One thing is certain though—Reese obviously wanted to upgrade the offensive line this offseason.  

Markus Kuhn, DT

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    With their final selection the Giants took Markus Kuhn out of NC State. I really loved this pick and believe Kuhn can have an impact from day one.

    (Plus I can't wait to hear MetLife echo "KUUUHHHHHNNNNNN" when he makes a play.) 

    That impact will be as a backup, but knowing how the Giants love to rotate their defensive line Kuhn expects to have an opportunity to shine. 

    Marc Ross said they considered drafting Kuhn as early as their fourth-round pick, so they are obviously very high on him. With Rocky Bernard and Jimmy Kennedy currently looking for work, the Giants needed depth behind Chris Canty and Linval Joseph. 

    Marvin Austin is a question mark as he missed both his final collegiate season and rookie year. Kuhn has a great work ethic, is a team-first guy and at 26 years old is more mature than most rookies. Expect him to be a contributor early on special teams and occasionally on defense.