The New York Giants used their 2011 first-round draft pick on Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara. It was surprising to some that Amukamara dropped to the Giants, who had the 19th pick. Some people expected him to go a little earlier. Nonetheless, the Giants were thrilled to have him on board to improve their secondary.
At the time, CB Corey Webster and CB Terrell Thomas were locked in as starters. Amukamara had an opportunity to step right in after Thomas tore his ACL in a preseason game, forcing him to miss the entire 2011 season. However, before preseason even began, Amukamara broke his foot, forcing him to miss the first half of his rookie season.
Even when Amukamara returned, he really didn’t see much playing time. He did intercept a pass in his first game, against the Philadelphia Eagles. That was his only highlight of the season, but the Giants would go on to win Super Bowl XLVI anyway. Heading into training camp in the 2012 season, the Giants expected Thomas to return from his ACL injury.
Thomas suffered a setback, and would require another operation on his knee that knocked him out for the 2012 season as well. Amukamara would now have his opportunity beside Webster to prove he’s a starter.
Amukamara was solid in the 2012 season, but injuries and lack of playmaking ability was part of the reason the Giants’ defense was much worse than in the 2011 season. Amukamara was the best corner on the team, as Webster had a bad year. But Amukamara did miss three games due to injuries and only had one interception the entire season.
In the 2013 season, Amukamara must become better at takeaways. For the defense to improve, he must have at least four interceptions. If he isn’t able to come up with interceptions, he’s showing the Giants he’ll only amount to an average corner in the league.