New York Giants: 4 Rookies to Look out for in 2011

RJ McNamaraContributor IAugust 19, 2011

New York Giants: 4 Rookies to Look out for in 2011

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    As Big Blue gets ready for the upcoming NFL campaign they will rely more than ever on their youth, having made little noise in free agency.

    These players have been evaluated not only on their college careers, but also needs at their position.

    Continue to see which four rookies Giants fans should keep an eye out for.

4. Prince Amukamara: CB

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    Make no mistake about—if Amukamara hadn't broken his foot early into training camp he would be No. 1. The Giants drafted the All-Everything corner as he was the best player available at the time. His athleticism, speed, and cover ability would have served as an immediate upgrade to an aging secondary, but following surgery on a broken foot, it's unknown when, and if, Amukamara will be back this year.

3. Jerrerl Jernigan: WR

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    When Steve Smith left to join the Eagles, he left behind a young receiver corps. The opportunity to get on the field early and make a major contribution has presented itself for Jernigan. Jernigan's athletic ability is demonstrated through the facts that he started 37 games in college and holds the Sun Belt Conference record for most all-purpose yards with 5,972.

2. Mark Herzlich: LB

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    Undoubtedly the feel good story of 2010's college football season was the comeback of Mark Herzlich. His highly publicized battle with Ewing's Sarcoma and subsequent recovery led him to receive numerous comeback player and courage awards.

    What often gets overshadowed however is just how good Herzlich was in 2008, the season before his diagnosis. Herzlich was a terror off the edge and a consensus All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year. If he can completely regain his form, the Giants got a steal by signing him as an undrafted free agent.

1. Marvin Austin -- DT

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    Any big man who rocks a single digit number better have some serious talent, and Austin has tons. The former No. 1 recruit in the nation was ineligible for his senior year at UNC due to eligibility issues, but the value he represented where the Giants picked in the second round of this year's draft was too much to pass on.

    Even with an impressive list of performers on the Giants defensive line, the departure of Barry Cofield could open the door to allow Austin to get some major playing time this year.