So many Giants fan disagree with my faith in Kiwanuka, but he is a freakish athlete with dominating strength, footwork, explosive tackling and hand control. Watch the footage above. It isn't flashy, but it is the perfect example of what Kiwanuka can do. He pushed head on at he center, rolled his weight off to the far side and made a beeline for the QB, who clearly was expecting more time. Unfortunately, we haven't seen enough of Kiwanuka to really judge his body of work.
Talent wise, he is long and powerful, enabling him to disrupt passing lanes at the line of scrimmage. His coverage skills leave something to be desired, but his quality tackling (the best of the bunch when he is fully focused) makes up for that in part. He can play at the DT position, at DE or at LB. He can also be a force getting to the quarterback and is devastating when the opposing team's O'Line is occupied with Tuck and Umenyiora. Giving Kiwanuka free roam is like letting a bull inside a china shop. But this isn't the whole tale.
Kiwi has about as much talent at the position as anyone. He is young. But he is fragile, and fragile at the worst possible times. He started last season with four sacks, a forced fumble and 11 tackles in three games (one start). I thought between him, Tuck and Osi, the D-Line would establish itself as the premiere unit in the league.
Injuries to Kiwanuka derailed his season. I am personally a fan of Kiwi's. I've seen more footage of him, and seen him live more than any other Giants defender, believe it or not. With his impressive set of skills, and his abilitiy to play three positions capably, in fact adeptly, make him, arguably, the most dangerous potential member of this unit.