After what seemed like months and months of endless waiting, spring football is so close to being here that before you know it, it will be time to reach out and grab it.
I’m talking about Phase 3 of the offseason program, or the OTAs, which, for the New York Giants, get underway on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Yesterday, I gave you a list of what I believe are some of the major storylines developing for the Giants, five things that I’m sure will be among the topics of discussion in the coming weeks.
Here, I’m going to focus on some of the developing storylines specific to the drafted and undrafted rookies.
Before I do that, I think the story of Victor Cruz needs to be mentioned as a lead-in.
Cruz, of course, was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Massachusetts whom no one really thought would amount to more than just camp fodder when he joined the team in 2010.
Well, we all know what happened with Cruz’s career, and now he’s one of the most visible faces of the franchise.
The point is that it doesn’t matter where a rookie is drafted—if he’s drafted at all. With hard work and the right timing, it’s certainly possible that there could be another Victor Cruz out there—an unknown name that on the surface appears to be fodder but who has only begun to write his inspirational NFL story.
So here’s a look at five rookies, drafted and undrafted, who potentially have a chance to make an impact on the team with a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work.