Jayron Hosley

Rookie Preview: New York Giants

David Wilson – The New York Giants 1st-round pick will begin the season as Ahmad Bradshaw’s backup but should see significant playing time. Under Tom Coughlin, the Giants have consistently used a two and even three man rotation at running back, leaving plenty of carries for Wilson in the backup role.

Rueben Randle – The 2nd-round pick likely won’t see much action early due to the crowded depth chart. He’ll likely start the year as the 5th or 6th option at receiver.

Adrien Robinson – The 4th-round pick starts the year as the third tight end behind and Martellus Bennett and Bear Pascoe.

Markus Kuhn – Kuhn was one of four defensive tackles to make the 53-man roster, which means he should see a fair amount of playing time as part of their rotation. He’s a bit of a developmental prospect though, so they may pick and chose the right spots to play him.

Jayron Hosley – Hosley competed for the nickel corner job during the preseason but appears to have lost out. He’ll start the season primarily playing on special teams and could return a few punts.

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Jayron Hosley suffers toe injury

New York Giants 3rd-round pick Jayron Hosley returned an interception for a touchdown on Saturday night, but left the game in a walking boot. On Sunday, Tom Coughlin revealed that Hosley suffered a toe injury but did not speculate on how long he would be out.

It sounds as though Hosley won’t miss significant time, but this has to be frustrating for the Giants. Just last year their 1st-round cornerback, Prince Amukamara’s debut was delayed due to a broken foot suffered in the offseason.

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Jayron Hosley getting first-team reps

New York Giants 3rd-round pick Jayron Hosley has been getting reps with the first-team defense in nickel packages according to Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.

According to Garafolo, the results have been mixed so far, but this appears to be an ideal spot for Hosley. While he’s slightly undersized, he’s quick enough to stick with nearly any receiver in the NFL. The key to Hosley’s development will be his willingness to listen to coaches and continue to develop his technique, as he often relied on his pure athleticism to get by in college.

Hosley has also been given an opportunity to handle punts, but fumbled one in the Giants preseason opener. He is competing with Jerrel Jernigan, Domenik Hixon and fellow rookie Rueben Randle for the punt return duties.

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Draft Grades: New York Giants

With so few holes, I expected the New York Giants to simply target the best available player – a strategy which Jerry Reese has used frequently in the past – but he strayed from his typical approach and it may come back to haunt him down the road.

David Wilson was a reach, and there’s really no way to sugar coat that. The fact that Reese would reach for Wilson raises a serious question: is Ahmad Bradshaw healthy? If so, the selection makes little sense. But if they’re legitimately worried about Bradshaw’s ability to stay on the field in 2012, the pick is justifiable. Since the motivation behind the pick is a bit of an unknown, I’ll have to factor that into the grade and give Reese the benefit of the doubt.

The selection of Rueben Randle is more in line with the Giants typical draft strategy. He was among the top available players on the board and will help fill the void left by the departure of Mario Manningham. He’s a developmental prospect but should be able to provide some help as a third or fourth option at receiver this year.

Jayron Hosley fell due to character concerns, but was probably worth the gamble in the late 3rd round. He likely won’t see the the field much given the Giants crowded secondary, but he was a solid investment at that point in the draft.

Adrien Robinson was a hot name this offseason and a late riser up the draft boards. He’s a good fit for the Giants, who like their tight ends to be strong blockers. He was likely drafted as insurance behind Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum, who are both coming off injuries.

Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants add some much-needed depth to the Giants offensive line. Neither has much upside, but they both have the ability to play multiple positions along the line and have long careers as backup linemen.

Markus Kuhn will become one of the few players born in Germany to play in the NFL. He’s a good athlete for his size and is an interesting developmental prospect. However, the Giants depth chart is crowded at defensive tackle and he may struggle to make the final roster cut.

I’m having a hard time grading the Giants draft without knowing what prompted the selection of David Wilson. If they’re worried about Bradshaw, it makes sense. But if they panicked once Doug Martin was snatched out from under them by the Bucs, it’s a poor decision. Given Reese’s draft history, I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt, but this was definitely not his strongest draft class.

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Jayron Hosley scouting report

Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech #20
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 175  
Strengths:
Elite athleticism. A big time playmaker with great hands; led nation in interceptions in 2010. Tough for his size; willing to play close to the line of scrimmage and mix it up against bigger receivers. Elite awareness and vision in zone coverage; does a great job reading the quarterback and is smart about when he breaks on the ball; aggressive, but doesn’t take too many ill-advised risks. Does an exception job playing the ball rather than the receiver whenever possible. Gives a reasonable effort in run support considering his size. Experienced returning kicks and punts.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Not a wrap-up tackler; lacks the strength and overall size to make a significant difference in run support. Tends to shy away from mixing it up with interior linemen when stepping up against the run; likes to stay on the edge. Doesn’t always take great angles in pursuit. Suffered a concussion in 2011. Also played through a hamstring injury in 2011. Takes too many risks on special teams; needs to recognize when the play is dead.
Comments:
If not for his lack of size, Hosley would be 1st-round lock. He’s an aggressive playmaker who has all the skills necessary to be a quality cover corner at the next level. However, his size is an issue, and may limit his effectiveness against certain receivers at the next level. While Hosley can start in the NFL, it’s tough to envision someone with his size as a true No. 1 cornerback. He has the skills to matchup against the smaller No. 1s in the league (e.g. Mike Wallace), but has little hope of slowing down the likes of Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald.
Videos:
2011 vs Clemson
2010 vs N.C. State
2010 vs UNC and Stanford (bowl game) 
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