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New York Giants: What Will Future Hold for Jayron Hosley?

Jayron Hosley

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In the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected cornerback Jayron Hosley out of Virginia Tech.

Two years in, Hosley hasn’t yet found his groove on the NFL stage. Hosley’s college career was highlighted by a nine-interception season as a sophomore. He led the nation in picks and was voted to the All-American team.

In the preseason prior to his rookie campaign, Hosley gave Giants fans some excitement with a pick-six. He looked as if he could be a play-making ball hawk for Big Blue in the not-so-distant future.

However, as a rookie, Hosley played in just 12 games and compiled one interception and one fumble recovery to go along with 40 tackles. It was not a bad season by any means but his contributions were largely limited.

This past season, Hosley battled injuries and therefore only played in 11 total games. He saw limited action when he was healthy and finished the year with just nine tackles and no interceptions.

Recently, there have been reports that the Giants could spend their first-round pick on a big-name defensive back like Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard in this year’s draft.

If this ends up being true, Hosley could become buried on New York’s depth chart. This could easily be a make or break year for Hosley, who will be entering his third year in the pros. He needs to show more of his play-making ability and stay healthy enough to be a difference-maker along the defensive unit.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.