MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - Tuck is a worthy candidate, but I’m going to go with
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - I will put the onus on Corey Webster, who seems to be in the crosshairs of most Giants fans after last season. He is tasked with guarding the other team’s best WR and when he makes a mistake it’s often a touchdown that everyone sees it again and again on instant replay. He needs to play better. Tuck is a close second on defense, after a year with low production and entering the final year of his contract. Offensively, I think there’s a certain amount of pressure on
DAN SALOMONE: Fact - The entire defense needs a bounce-back year, and, in terms of players, that falls to the captain. Corey Webster may be under the most heat from the outside because of the position he plays, but Tuck needs to return to the Tuck of old to keep the defense in line, especially with the departure of some longtime Giants.
The player most likely to have a breakout year in his third season is linebacker
MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - With Michael Boley gone, Williams has an opportunity to become an impact player at weakside linebacker.
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - This is a tough question to answer because I’m not sure what constitutes a breakout year. Was last year a breakout year for
DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - I’m going with Prince Amukamara. When you don’t hear a cornerback’s name for an extended period of time, that usually means he is playing well. And that’s what Amukamara did in 2012. In a forgettable year for the defense as a whole, Amukamara grew and showed he can be consistent when healthy. With only one interception, he didn’t have any glaring numbers, but those may catch up in his third season for a true breakout year.
The second-year player you’re most curious to see progress this offseason is defensive end
MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - No disrespect to Ojomo, but he’s a free agent who played briefly in one game last season. My eye is on
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - I want to see whether or not
DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - The player I’m most curious to see come training camp is tight end Adrien Robinson. Like Ojomo, he was a raw talent going into his rookie season. He was hampered by his alma mater’s schedule, which kept him out of OTA’s as he finished up classes. Playing in only two games, you can’t yet tell what he can do on the field professionally, but he clearly grew physically and has one of the best position coaches in the NFL working with him in Mike Pope.
DRAFT CLASS CHALLENGE: The best Giants draft class was 1984.
MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - It was a deep draft with Carl Banks, William Roberts, Jeff Hostetler, Gary Reasons and Lionel Manuel. That’s five important contributors to championship teams. The Fact - that Hostetler was a Super Bowl-winning quarterback puts this class over the top.
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - This is with no doubt the Giants top draft class. Carl Banks made the All-Decade team in the 80’s and was a rock on the other side of the defense from Lawrence Taylor. His complete game helped allow LT be the player he was. William Roberts was a starter for a long time on the offensive line. Without Jeff Hostettler the Giant do not win their second Super Bowl. Gary Reasons and Lionel Manuel were both reliable starters. 1984 all the way!
DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - It’s 1981 with Lawrence Taylor. There are once-in-a-decade players. There are once-in-a-generation players. There are even Hall-of-Fame players. Then there are icons. L.T. is an icon. What more could you ask for in a draft? Yes, it’s a team game, it’s not about individuals, but he has two Super Bowl rings. What more do you want? I think the results of our challenge will back me up.
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