Re-Drafting New York Giants' 2012 Draft After First Half of NFL Season
We've burned through the first half of the 2012 NFL season, and there's no denying the impact made by this year's rookies. April's No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Andrew Luck, has led the Colts to a surprising 5-3 start, while fellow rookie QB Robert Griffin III is lighting up scoreboards in Washington.
The New York Giants sit atop the NFC East through Week 9, thanks in part to the surprising production from a few NFL newcomers. Yet the team's top two picks, running back David Wilson and wideout Rueben Randle, haven't contributed much beyond special teams.
Would Wilson and Randle still top the Giants' draft board in November? Check out a full re-draft of Big Blue's rookie class.
Round 1: Jayron Hosley, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
Sure, Hosley struggles to contain the big play at times, but the speedy rookie corner came up with an interception of Cam Newton in Week 3 and forced a fumble last week against the Steelers.
Hosley's spent time in the nickel slot—no easy task—and has 22 tackles on the year. He's still caught over-pursuing and jumping routes too early, but he has the speed to keep up with the NFL's best receivers.
Bolstering defensive depth was a top priority for general manager Jerry Reese. Hosley's the first-round choice here.
Round 2: David Wilson, Running Back, Virginia Tech
Wilson's seen limited carries in New York's crowded backfield, but his contributions in the return game can't be short-changed. The explosive rookie has given the G-Men great field position all year.
With a knack for finding open field, Wilson's shown some serious promise in his first season. With a 5.2 yards-per-carry average and a Week 5 touchdown against Cleveland, Giants fans can only wonder why tailback Andre Brown remains higher on the depth chart.
Wilson's fumbling problems and inconsistency hold him back here, and the Giants need a corner far worse than they need another 'back. Wilson goes in Round 2 this time.
Round 3: Rueben Randle, Wide Receiver, Lousiana State
With No. 1 wideout Hakeem Nicks hobbled by a foot injury, rookie Rueben Randle has seen some reps. Randle's 17.1 yards-per-catch mark is certainly promising, and he's handled punt return duties well.
By no means is Randle a finished product, but he's a safe third-rounder here. Aside from a nine-target Week 5, Randle has taken a backseat to the team's other offensive threats.
Round 4: Markus Kuhn, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina State
Kuhn was a seventh-rounder back in April, but he has stepped up admirably with starting DT Chris Canty shelved from knee surgery for the season's first two months.
With eight tackles in limited time, Kuhn's done a solid job clogging the middle. The Giants have controlled the interior run, and Kuhn's played well enough that this 299-pound frame could be a part of the Big Blue defensive line for years to come.
Round 4 (Compensatory Selection): Adewale Ojomo, Defensive End, Miami
Watch out for this kid.
Ojomo was an absolute monster in the preseason, racking up four sacks and a forced fumble in four games. An undrafted free agent, Ojomo has towering potential and could be a staple of New York's pass rush in coming seasons.
While Ojomo's been hindered by a hamstring injury and has yet to see real time on the line, he certainly warrants a selection this go-around. Ojomo's speed and aggressive style of play in the preseason drew comparisons to teammate Osi Umenyiora.
Round 6: Adrien Robinson, Tight End, Cincinnati
While Robinson's without a catch this year, he can't fall too far in this draft.
New York's tight end duties are manned by Martellus Bennett and Bear Pascoe for the time being, but Robinson's 6'4", 264-pound frame makes him a big target in the passing game. With TE Travis Beckum being activated from the physically unable to perform list last week, Robinson's shot at playing time in 2012 continues to diminish.
Still, keep an eye on him come next summer's preseason. Pascoe is a restricted free agent in 2013, while Beckum and Bennett are unrestricted.
Round 7: Matt Broha, Defensive End, Louisiana Tech
Another undrafted free agent who churned out a massive summer, Broha sits on New York's practice squad for now.
Broha finished his career at Louisiana Tech with the program's second-most sacks, and he added 3.5 sacks in four preseason games. He showed serious speed and strength, and could be a key contributor somewhere down the road.
Linemen Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants, fourth- and sixth-round draftees, respectively, haven't seen enough time to warrant consideration here.