A potential breakout candidate for the New York Giants in 2012 might just be Marvin Austin. Austin was the Giants second round pick last year but tore his pectoral muscle and missed the entire season. Austin didn’t play in his last year at North Carolina either due to the scandal that he and other players were involved in as well. Austin is a former second team All-ACC member while in college.
Someone who is a second round pick is going to get a chance to play. The way the Giants like to rotate defensive lineman in and out, Austin will get his reps. The Giants have a lot of options along the defensive line, as well as different combinations of packages such as the NASCAR package which had four defensive ends at once. The intriguing part to this is that the Giants just brought back Rocky Bernard and brought in Shaun Rogers for additional depth to go with Austin, Chris Canty and Linval Joseph.
The Giants success defensively is all about getting to the passer. If Austin can demonstrate ability to rush the passer, and at least be adequate against the run, he’ll get his fair share of playing time. Shaun Rogers hasn’t played a lot and Rocky Bernard wasn’t great last year until the playoff run. Austin should get some time and potentially a lot of it.