- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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PLAYER: Jayron Hosley
SCHOOL: Virginia Tech
For the second time in their top three picks, the Giants drafted a Virginia Tech prospect, selecting cornerback Jayron Hosley in the third round. Hosley joins former teammate, running back David Wilson, who was taken in the first round.
The Giants are high on Hosley’s physical and athletic play and also like his 4.43 speed and ability to return punts –- an area where the Giants badly need to upgrade at.
Hosley did fail a drug test at the scouting combine but the Giants investigated it and feel they got a cornerback who can help them.
"He did fail the test in Indianapolis," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "We’re very much aware of that and we’ve addressed that with him and we’re prepared to address that professionally as well when we do get him here."
THE 411: Hosley led the nation in interceptions with nine in 2010 but saw his production dip to three picks last season as a junior. Coughlin believes opposing quarterbacks steered clear of Hosley after his big 2010 season. The 5-10 cornerback is a physical defensive back who is athletic and also finished 11th in the country last season in punt returns with a 12.67 average.
Hosley did fail a drug test, testing positive for marijuana use at the scouting combine according to FOXsports.com. He also dealt with hamstring and concussion issues last season but the Giants medical staff looked at him and gave him a good grade.
HOW HE FITS IN: Hosley joins a crowded secondary but one that has numerous cornerbacks returning from season-ending injuries last season. The Giants could actually use another cornerback with only Corey Webster, Terrel Thomas and Prince Amukamara under contract past this season. The rest of the corners are on one-year deals.
Hosley also improves the Giants’ return game. He is considered to be a better punt returner than kickoff returner. Hosley has only returned 10 kickoffs but did average 21.1 yards on nine kickoff returns in 2010.
PROJECTED IMPACT: Hosley will compete to be a nickel back this season and could potentially become the team’s starter at punt returner. Hosley provides the team with depth at corner and a little insurance in case Thomas struggles to return from last year’s ACL injury and Amukamara suffers any kind of setback with his foot. If all goes well, though, the Giants should have Webster and Thomas as the two starting corners and Amukamara as the third corner. Hosley could compete to be the fourth corner on the team.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: “He is not a big man but this guy has athletic arrogance and plays like a big guy,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “He kind of reminds me of Adam Jones, he plays kind of like that. He runs like a little linebacker. He has outstanding cover skills. We expect him to be in our nickel package and the bonus is he returns punts and kicks. He has a lot of good qualities that we like.”