While all of the Giants’ draft picks are being highly scrutinized, two in particular, Ryan Nassib and Johnathan Hankins, have received extra attention as they look to impresses coaches and teammates alike.
Nassib, who at one point was projected to be drafted in the top 10 picks of the first round, landed with the Giants all the way in the fourth round. Nevertheless, he has impressed many already at rookie camp as he attempts to study the offense and understand the dynamics of the team.
“I’ve felt a little more comfortable as these practices have been going on. I’ve started to get the terminology and stuff down,” said Nassib in an interview with Giants.com. “I’m sure it’s not near what the whole playbook is but… I’m just glad I got this extra time at rookie mini camp to study it,” he added.
Coach Tom Coughlin definitely was impressed by Nassib’s progress, telling reporters that Nassib “responded to a new system–first time ever and was showing some ability to lead in the huddle and the huddle pays attention to him.”
Johnathan Hankins also is adapting well to the Giants’ style of football. “The first day I was kind of thinking a little bit too much, but I’m starting to relax and starting to get comfortable within the scheme of the defense and just be confident and go out there and make plays. I’m not trying to make plays that I can’t make. Just make the plays that come to me,” he remarked.
A common criticism of Hankins is his endurance. During his last season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, many scouts noticed his lack of energy late in games. When asked how he would handle that in the pros, Hankins assured Giants fans, “Of course, you’re going to get tired out there playing every single snap, but it’s just mental. I expect just to stay focused and try to win. Do as much as you can to help the team win. I did a pretty decent job at that.”
It’s great to see the two of them doing well so far, and hopefully they can continue to excel as the 2013 season comes around.