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Each April, 32 NFL general managers gather with their respective coaching staffs and college scouts to select a new crop of prospects to join the ranks of the league's elite talent. It's the culmination of a long, drawn out process that begins the moment each draftee steps onto the college field. Ultimately, some of these players will pan out, while most of them will spend a few seasons bouncing around the NFL before finding themselves out of football shortly after the inception of their once promising careers.

This is what makes drafting the hardest, yet most essential inexact science that a general manager could ever partake in. That's why predicting the career prospects of a player that has yet to step onto an NFL field can often prove futile.

However, with the departure of Mario Manningham this past offseason, the 2012 New York Giants may rely on rookie second-round pick Rueben Randle in several key situations this upcoming season. Although Randle has some pretty stiff competition for the third wide receiver role, the team would be ecstatic if he emerges as the third option behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz at some point this season.

On the field, Randle has an intriguing combination of both size (6'2") and speed (4.55 40-yard dash). His frame will make him a tough matchup on the outside for any opponent. Furthermore, Randle has a reliable set of hands, and rarely allows balls to get into his body. His ability to get down the field and catch the deep ball will surely prove useful to Eli Manning this season.

That being said, Randle has a lot he must improve upon if he wants to be a factor in the teams early contests in 2012. Before even talking about any of his shortcomings as a player, its important to mention that for a wide receiver, the difference between college and the NFL is daunting. The exactness in which each route must be run, along with the immense amount of complex, yet essential information a receiver needs to know, can understandably overwhelm any young prospect. 

Furthermore, Randle had a tendency to disappear at times during his college career. In two games against Alabama last season, Randle recorded only five catches for 31 yards. In fact, there were seven games throughout his college career in which Randle failed to make a reception. In order to get on the field as a rookie, he will have to become a more consistent threat. Lastly, Randle's long, lanky frame makes his a formidable matchup when the ball is in the air; however, does not possess quickness off the line of scrimmage and may have a hard time getting open in press coverage.

For the Giants to once again have one of the top offenses in the NFL, it is important that they find a third wide receiver that is capable of stretching the field. Although it may not have always showed up in the box score last season, every NFL team had to respect Mario Manningham's ability to get open down the field. This opened up the field for Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz for the duration of last season. 

In all likelihood, Rueben Randle will not be that guy to begin the 2012 campaign. His inexperience, along with the depth the Giants have at wide receiver make it likely that the team will ease Randle into the rotation, rather than just throw him to the wolves right off the bat. However, behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, Randle is the most athletic, talented wide receiver on the team. He might not be ready just yet, but he will have an impact as the season wears on.

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