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Fact or Fiction: Giants 2012 Draft Class



*STATEMENT: Either Brandon Mosley or Matt Mccants will start a game on the offensive line in 2012.

*SCHMEELK: Fiction - Both those guys will be behind David Diehl, William Beatty, James Brewer and Sean Locklear on the depth chart. Both are considered developmental prospects, and shouldn't have to contribute in year one. You never know what happens with injuries, but I doubt either one will start a game in 2012.

SALOMONE: Fiction - What I wrote about Hosley, same applies to these two offensive linemen. Mosley and McCants are going to take some developing in order to see playing time on the line. You have the savvy vets in front of them while up-and-comers like Mitch Petrus (who has seen substantial time) and James Brewer (who has yet to) compete for spots. Mosley seems to be the more versatile off the bat as Reese said he could see him at guard as well as tackle, while McCants is a true tackle. But for these two picks, a year of learning the ropes may be in order.

EISEN: Fiction - The two offensive linemen drafted by the Giants will spend this year learning the pro game and hitting the weight room to get stronger. They could be starters down the road. But the only way they would start this season would be in a dire emergency.

STATEMENT: Jayron Hosley will have at least two interceptions next season.

SCHMEELK: Fact - With so many offenses playing with three and even four wide receivers, Jayron Hosley will find his way onto the field next year and play an important role for the Giants. He had nine interceptions as a junior, and his number dropped as a senior only because teams started throwing away from him. With his size, he could fit nicely into the Giants plans playing that slot wide receiver position. The Giants situation and depth chart at defensive back definitely opens a window for him.

SALOMONE: Fiction - Get in line, Hosley. Now part of an already deep group, Hosley joins the competition in the Giants' secondary. Jerry Reese said he should compete right away for the nickel spot as a "tough, hardnosed" player. He'll see the field, but most of Hosley's role could be special teams this year while the Giants hope their secondary stays healthy.

EISEN: Fact - Hosley will have to fight for playing time with Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara head of him. But when he's on the field, I expect opposing quarterbacks to test him. And they will be unpleasantly when the quick and instinctive Hosley picks off a couple of passes.

STATEMENT: David Wilson will rush for 800 yards next season.

SCHMEELK: Fact - Ahmad Bradshaw has foot or ankle problems every season and invariably misses games or has to have his playing time cut down. When that happens, David Wilson will be the guy to pick up the slack. Even if healthy, Bradshaw won't carry the ball much more than 15 times a game, leaving a lot of chances for the Giants first round pick. He's a big play threat every time he touches it and won't have any trouble finishing with 800 yards.

SALOMONE: Fiction - To give it some context, a dozen rookies have hit that benchmark in the past five seasons (note: Ryan Grant and Ben Tate hit 800 in their first NFL seasons but they weren't the first seasons following college). So it's not out of the ordinary for a rookie running back to have an impact as we saw Dallas' DeMarco Murray (897) do it last season. While I do expect the rushing game to improve this season, Ahmad Bradshaw had 659 yards last season along with Brandon Jacobs' 571 – both well below 800. Bradshaw should again be the bread winner (when healthy) within a depth chart full of capable backs. We'll see where Wilson fits in, and it's not like we haven't seen a running back explode onto the scene in his first season. But I'll have to see it first before I say fact.

EISEN: Fiction - I think Wilson will play and be an important player on the offense, but right now he's still No. 2 behind Ahmad Bradshaw. Not many backup runners hit the 800-yard mark. If Wilson gets more carries than I expect, it's certainly possible. But I think Bradshaw will get the bulk of the work and Wilson will be in the 500-600 yard range.

STATEMENT: Rueben Randle will be the Giants 3rd WR next season.
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Fact -  The Giants had a first round grade on Reuben Randle and that means he has the talent to impact the NFL immediately. In addition, one of his greatest strengths is the fact he is considered NFL ready. He ran the entire route tree at LSU, showed great hands and the ability to beat defenders over the top. The main reason for his relatively low production was the lack of consistent quarterback play at LSU. Ramses Barden has yet to earn his place in the regular lineup and Domenik Hixon is coming off two major knee surgeries. Randle's biggest challenge will come from Jerrel Jernigan, the Giants third round pick last season.

SALOMONE: Fact - Hard to say just a few days after the draft, but if we learned anything about his scouting report, it's that he's NFL-ready. He won't blow anyone away with pure speed, but he's strong, a good route runner and is overall just a savvy player. Again, it's early to say (and he does have some question marks), but we heard repeatedly this weekend that his skill set will not only translate to the NFL, it could also do so quickly. Of course, having Eli Manning will only expedite that process while the opportunity is definitely there with an opening at the position.

EISEN: Fact - Randle has the skills and the background to take advantage of his opportunity and emerge from a crowded field to be a big-time contributor as a rookie.

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