Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson breaks down the cornerbacks of each NFC East team. Today: New York Giants
AmukamaraCornerback was not a huge position of need for the Giants on draft day, but this front office is all about drafting for value and they covet high draft picks with size and speed. Prince Amukamara very much fits this description. New York probably had little intention of leaving round one with Amukamara on the roster, but he was just too good to pass on with the 19th pick overall. With this acquisition, the Giants' top four at this position very well could be the best of any team in the league.
Last year, New York showed a lot of faith in Corey Webster and often put him in coverage against the opponent’s most dangerous wide receiver. He responded pretty well but did have a few rough outings. Still, he is a solid starting cornerback for any defense.
Terrell Thomas was thrown at much more than Webster and finished the season with five interceptions and more than 100 tackles. He improved as the season went along but still gave up too many easy receptions. Thomas is also an excellent player versus the run.
Aaron Ross battled a foot injury, but overall, he has been disappointing. He is the one whose playing time could suffer most with the addition of Amukamara.
Because of the talent on the defensive line and in the secondary, I expect to see more defensive sets with minimal linebackers on the field -- even on early downs. The Giants did some of this last season with three safety personnel groupings. This season, it could include an extra corner. Amukamara could factor in as a safety as well as in his traditional corner role. This group allowed too many big plays, but also did a great job of taking the football away. They will be even better in 2011 and are far and away the best group of corners in the NFC East.
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