Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/11/12
With the New York Giants Mini-camp underway (May 11-13), a lot is expected from the Giants top 3 selections in the 2012 Draft: (RB) David Wilson, (WR) Rueben Randle and (CB) Jayron Hosley.

Aside from these top three prospects, I have compiled my top 5 rookies who I feel might make an impact in 2012 or even beyond.

My selections were based on where they were drafted, overall ability and how high a ceiling each prospect projects. The Giants did a fabulous job in the draft and also in the signing of undrafted prospects. I feel that in the right situation and guidance, these 5 players can develop into solid contributors for the Giants and have long careers in the NFL. 

1. (TE) Adrien Robinson, 6-5, 270 lbs, Cincinnati
  Robinson was a big surprise to me when GM Reese selected him in the 4th round (#127) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Statistically, Robinson did not dominant in college, but did establish himself as an excellent blocker. GM Reese compared him to Jason Pierre-Paul in terms of raw talent and he could very well be the biggest sleeper pick in the 2012 rookie class. Robinson has speed, having clocked a 4.57in the 40-yard dash, and length (83-inch arms) to get the ball while it’s in the air or to fight off the jam at the line of scrimmage.

The Giants have signed free agent Martellus Bennett and also have Bear Pascoe in the mix. Robinson will most likely compete against 3 other TE’s (Ryan Purvis, Christian Hopkins and Larry Donnell) for the remaining spot. With Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum question marks due to their respective knee injuries, Robinson has a good chance on making the team and under the tutelage of TE Coach Pope, could develop into a very well-rounded TE.

2.  (RB/HB) Joe Martinek, 6-0, 225 lbs, Rutgers
Martinek was projected by GM Reese to be taken in the 2012 Draft in rounds 6 or 7. Fortunately for the Giants, when he wasn’t the Giants acted quickly and signed the RB out of Rutgers. GM Reese has described Martinek as a hybrid, who can create mismatches to opposing teams. I can see Martinek excelling for the Giants on special teams and also getting a few plays on offense that would utilize his talents.
  3.  (S) Janzen Jackson, 6-0, 187 lbs, McNeese State
Jackson is very athletic and is a hard-hitting safety, and can play some cornerback in nickel or dime coverage’s as well. Jackson originally attended Tennessee, until he was kicked off the team for disciplinary reasons, which led him to McNeese State. Many scouts have compared Jackson to Antrel Rolle is statue and playing style. Very aggressive and enjoys playing a physical game. GM Reese has addressed Jackson’s off-the-field issues as the main reason for his draft stock to tumble, If Jackson follows the program and can distinguish himself on special teams, and he has as good a chance as anyone of making the roster as an undrafted free agent.
  4. (DT) Markus Kuhn 6’4, 300lbs, North Carolina State
Kuhn is a big interior defensive lineman who only started for one year at North Carolina State. He showed good effort in that year in all areas of his play, excels in running down plays from the backside and will be a force working from within. Kuhn has good speed for his size (4.89) and has an endless motor.  Kuhn has a blue collar football player mentality and with the right coaching and hard work by Kuhn, the Giants could have found themselves a steal in the 7th round. I can see Kuhn starting out on the special teams and slowly earning his way as part of the Giants DL rotation as a DT/DE. With a combination of strength and speed, Kuhn could be utilized to rush from the edge or help plug the middle.
  5. (DE) Adewale Ojomo 6’4, 275lbs,  Univ of Miami
  Ojomo showed flashes of his skill on the field at Miami last season. Has shown the ability to make plays laterally and also by penetrating into the backfield. Many scouts see an upside to Ojomo’s game and some scouts believe that Ojomo could become a disruptive force in the NFL. Ojomo has an endless motor and never gives up on the play and displayed excellent leverage and good tackling skills. I believe Ojomo is more of a project than the other 4 prospects mentioned above. If the Giants are patient and endure the growing pains with Ojomo, then perhaps the Giants have found themselves another pass rusher for the future.


MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The first time John Randle talked trash in the NFL
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL execs: Kaepernick is a 'traitor,' hated as much as Rae Carruth

Kansas FB settling first-team reps with Rock-Paper-Scissors

Report: Vikings trainers saved Bridgewater's 'leg and career'

Baylor's Zamora suspended 3 games for beating his dog

Craig Sager to undergo third bone marrow transplant

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg expected to return next week

WATCH: Footage surfaces from Tim Tebow’s baseball workout

Teddy Bridgewater suffers serious knee injury at practice?

EON Sports strikes VR partnerships with Miami, PSU

Mike Tyson accused of stealing ice cream treat at U.S. Open

The barren wasteland of available NFL quarterbacks

College football conference breakdown, Week 1

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

Kanye West, Saint Pablo Tour and the anti-celebrity

New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard wants to ban the wave

Larry Sanders doesn’t trust NBA to treat concussions properly

Top storyline for each Week 4 NFL preseason game

WATCH: John Randle on the first time he talked trash in the NFL

The hottest hitters in MLB heading into September sprint

Who has the most to prove at the US Open?

Vontaze Burfict on Steelers: ‘I don’t give no f—s about them’

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The barren wasteland of available NFL quarterbacks

College football conference breakdown, Week 1

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

West-ern Literature: How Kanye's fans find meaning in between the lines

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Kanye West, Saint Pablo Tour and the anti-celebrity

WATCH: John Randle on the first time he talked trash in the NFL

The hottest hitters in MLB heading into September sprint

Who has the most to prove at the US Open?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker