New York Giants: Predicting Full-Season Stats for the 2011 NFL Draftees
Not all of them will see the field for their respective positions, but it's not a stretch to say they will all contribute in some way or another—I'm thinking special teams for most of the guys selected on day three.
However much, or little, these players contribute, all of them are essential to the Giants success in 2011.
Prince Amukamara has blazing speed and incredible man coverage ability. At Nebraska in 2010 he was targeted only 52 times and allowed just 18 receptions, most of which came from Belitnikof winner Justin Blackmon.
The Giants have two starting corners they like already in Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas, but they won't waste a first round pick by sitting him on the bench.
He'll get his time in as a nickel corner and maybe even filling in for Thomas at times.
2011 Stats: 35 tackles, 4 interceptions, 10 pass deflections
Nothing but the best to say about Marvin Austin from Giants management, and I couldn't agree more. The guy is a monster and freakishly athletic for his size. He could give the Giants the luxury of letting Barry Cofield walk if he asks for too much money.
I fully expect that to happen, and Austin to be a key backup for Chris Canty and Linval Joseph.
2011 Stats: 32 tackles, three TFL, three sacks, two forced fumbles
This slide is based on a ton of assumptions. First, it's been reported that Steve Smith may have to start the season on the PUP list, leaving him out until Week 6. If that's the case someone will have to step up and be the slot receiver.
I also fully expect Jernigan to pass both Barden and Cruz on the depth chart with Smith watching camp from the sidelines.
Jernigan's skill set lends him to be the best option to replace Smith in that role. While Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham will remain the top two options, Jernigan would rack up some nice yards in Smith's absence. However, when Smith comes back the receptions will come at a premium.
Let's also not forget my prediction of Jernigan being the team's premier punt return man.
2011 Stats: 32 receptions, 313 yards, two touchdowns, 343 punt return yards, one touchdown
There really isn't much to say here because not only do offensive lineman have very little statistics to go by, but I don't expect James Brewer to get much playing time next season.
Should either of the Giants tackles get hurt, Will Beatty is first in line to replace him, then likely Shawn Andrews behind him.
Brewer's impact will likely not be felt until Kareem McKenzie and David Diehl retire or both sustain serious injuries.
2011 NFL Stats: N/A
One disclaimer on this slide is that I believe that not only will the Giants have a full training camp, which may or may not happen, but I also feel Greg Jones has a very good chance to win the starting SAM linebacker position vacated by Keith Bulluck.
Clint Sintim just doesn't fit the position well enough and Bulluck is likely retiring.
Jones has a masterful career at Michigan State finishing as one of the more decorated defensive players in their school's history. Some teams passed on him due to his small stature, but that obviously didn't affect him in college.
The Giants' 4-3 defensive scheme is designed to protect the linebackers and allow them to roam free, which is exactly what Jones will do.
2011 Stats: 74 tackles, six TFL, four sacks, three pass deflections
Even if the Giants don't re-sign Deon Grant, I don't imagine Sash getting much playing time other than on special teams.
He could see action as a result of an injury, but I don't want to get in the business of predicting injuries.
2011 Stats: 10 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 pass deflections
Much like Sash, Jacquian Williams seems to be a solution to the problem the Giants had on kickoff coverage. After a while they had to start putting defensive starters on the unit and that shouldn't happen.
Williams has a lot of upside, but probably won't make an impact on defense this season.
2011 Stats: 6 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 sacks, 0 TFL
Unlike the picks previous to him, Da'Rel Scott has a very real chance to make an impact at his position. The Giants lack a home run threat at the running back position, and that alone could get Scott some carries this year.
He ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, leading all running backs. He also has good hands coming out of the backfield, and the Giants did not have a single receiving touchdown from a running back in 2010.
I expect the Giants to utilize Scott's speed as much as they can.
2011 Stats: 40 carries, 212 yards, one touchdown, 12 receptions, 103 yards, one touchdown