2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Giants
Wilson was an absolute force at running back in three years at Blacksburg. Despite setting high standards every season, he still managed to get better and better year in and year out. Wilson rushed 59 times for 334 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman in 2009 (a 5.7 average per carry). Even when he started to see more and more playing time, the average remained the same. He had 113 attempts for 619 yards and five scores as a sophomore before really breaking out in 2011; 290 carries for 1709 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Danville, VA native is also a stellar pass-catcher out of the backfield. After catching no passes as a freshman, Wilson made a total of 37 receptions for 363 yards and five scores over the past two seasons. He stands at just 5'10'', but weighs in at a solid 205 pounds. Wilson may not possess the physicality to be an every-down back in the NFL, but his speed is unbelievable. He was not 100 percent at the NFL combine, but he turned in a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash during pro day workouts. The competition for the No. 2 running back behind Trent Richardson is a furious one, and Wilson could be leading the way slightly ahead of Doug Martin and Lamar Miller. Count on... [Read More
Randle has been getting better and better throughout his career at LSU, but he would probably be wise to return for his senior season and improve his draft stock even further. As a freshman he played sparingly and caught 11 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Randle made 33 receptions for 544 yards and three scores as a sophomore. Despite being part of a run-heavy offense in 2011, Randle hauled in 53 passes for 917 yards and eight touchdowns. He helped lead the Tigers to an undefeated regular season and the SEC Championship, but they were blanked by Alabama in the BCS National Championship.
Randle has great size at 6'4'' and 208 pounds. The Bastrop, LA native generally runs in the 4.5s of the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.48 from that distance. While his speed is not elite, Randle can get down the field and he obviously presents himself as a big red-zone target. He can break tackles, but his route-running can be improved and he has been inconsistent (sometimes disappearing in games). Randle would probable be selected in the second or third round this year, but he has first-round potential for the 2013 NFL Draft if he goes back to college.... [Read More
Hosley has emerged into a force on both defense and special teams in his third year at Virginia Tech. At cornerback, he has 31 tackles, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble in eight games (all starts). Hosley is also averaging 11.1 yards as the Hokies' primary punt returner. Of course, people probably saw this coming. After playing sparingly as a freshman, especially on special teams, Hosley exploded onto the scene in 2010 with nine interceptions.
Relatively undersized especially by NFL standards, Hosley stands at 5'10'' and 171 pounds. The Delray Beach, FL native generally runs around a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.42 from that distance. He has outstanding hands and his impressive vertical leap can make of for his size deficiency in pass coverage. Hosley can get overpowered when he tries to jam bigger receivers at the line of scrimmage and he would also do well to improve his tackling skills. If Hosley decides to go pro, he could be a second-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Cincinnati Bearcats tight end Adrien Robinson may have only been a one year starter, but the New York Giants feel they drafted the "Jason Pierre-Paul of tight ends."
High praise for a fourth round selection but Robinson's measurables are certainly intriguing. Robinson ran a 4.58 40 yard dash which is pretty amazing considering his size and weight. He didn't have a lot of college production yet the physical tools are there.
In the NFL, he'll have to hit the weight room and be coached up on his blocking technique. Robinson was not highly regarded coming out of college and was widely projected to become an undrafted free agent. In order to stick around, he'll need time to develop his in-line blocking and show an acumen for special teams. He could be used sparingly in motion or out wide, but he'd only be a liability if forced to block a NFL-caliber pass rusher on the edge.
Tight end was thought to be a key need for the Giants, but they must be relatively confident they'll have the services of either Jake Ballard and/or Travis Beckum for the 2012 season.... [Read More
Mosley played at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College before transferring to Auburn in 2010. The offensive tackle instantly became a starter and remained as such for two seasons. For the National Champion Tigers in 2010, the line allowed only 23 sacks in 296 pass attempts. It helped the team rush for 254 yards and rack up 519 yards total offense in the championship game against Oregon. Auburn suffered a significant dropoff in 2011, but that was mostly due to the departure of Cam Newton in addition to the loss of key defenders. The offensive line remained solid and helped all four of the team's top rushers average at least four yards per carry (and three of the top four average more than five yards per attempt).
Mosley has good size at 6'5'' and 305 pounds, but it is his athleticism and quickness that will make him a force at the next level. The Jefferson, GA native generally runs in the 5.2s of the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 5.06 from that distance. He even played some defense end and tight end at junior college. Now strictly an offensive tackle, Mosley has a good burst off the ball and uses his hands well to fend off pass-rushers. He would do well to add so... [Read More
Matt McCants is one of the top mid-major prospects hailing out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. As a member of the Blazers, he's now a three-year starter at left tackle and earned All-Conference USA first-team last season.
McCants has an elite frame for an offensive tackle with very long arms and above average footwork. He is not completely filled out and is a couple years away from reaching his full girth. His great hand-eye coordination gives him a great punch while sliding out into pass protection. McCants has great range in establishing an edge or if asked to block on the second level. For a man his size, he moves tremendously well.
When he caught out of position, he needs to learn to stay disciplined through his techniques and keep his natural bend. That said, NFL scouts are going to be all over this young man when they see him in person during pro days and the NFL combine.
McCants didn't do himself any favors by only having 17 bench press reps to go along with an average combine performance.... [Read More