Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/10/12

Although he stands only 5-10 and weighs 170 pounds, cornerback Jayron Hosley, the team's third-round draft pick, is a good example of a player that the team believes can play larger than his physical size.

"He's not the biggest guy in the world," said general manager Jerry Reese. "However, we do think he is a competitive, feisty guy and he's one of those people that has not backed down from anybody."

Speaking of not backing down, Hosley's first challenge before he even goes against live competition will be to carve out a spot for himself on the 53-man roster. To do that, he is expected to compete against Prince Amukamara, last year's first-round pick, for the nickel corner spot, a position that had previously been held by Terrell Thomas.

"You definitely have to go out there with confidence," Hosley said of his upcoming competition for a job. "I'm not a bigger guy, so guys might see me as a little vulnerable or as 'the little guy.' I definitely have to go out there with a little aggression, the little man's syndrome in that sense."

When Hosley gets a chance to meet his veteran teammates later in the month, one mentor he will find squarely in his corner is Thomas, who when he was drafted four years ago, tried to carve a niche for himself in what was a competitive, talent-filled defensive backfield.

"When I came in, there were two or three starters here that were in that spot," Thomas recalled. "We're looking for someone to come in and be young and energetic, help out, and learn to win from the best."

Thomas added that he wasn't concerned with the possibility of Hosley taking snaps away from him in certain defensive packages. In fact, Thomas believes that the competition will make everyone better.

"I've never been shy to help someone, to give them advice or help them in the film room," Thomas said. "If he takes my spot, good luck. I love competition. I was raised on it."

Hosley also welcomes the challenge of not only earning a roster spot, but just as importantly, the respect of his new teammates and future opponents.

"I feel like in the NFL you have to earn respect," he said. "When you get in the NFL they're not going to shy away from you. They're going to come at you so you have to be ready for it and I'm up for the challenge."

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