New York Giants 2013 Breakout Player Projections

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December 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Damaris Johnson (13) catches a pass in front of New York Giants corner back Prince Amukamara (20) during the third quarter of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants shockingly missed the playoffs last year, just a season after winning the Super Bowl. Going into last year, especially after their stellar draft class, I figured the Giants to be right there among the best teams in the NFC again. But, things don’t always go according to plan in the NFL.

The Giants’ inconsistent play finally caught up to them, and they were unable to string together enough wins at the end of last season to get them back in the playoffs.

That fact alone is pretty remarkable to me, especially when you look over the state of the Giants’ roster. From top to bottom, this is one of the more talented teams in the NFL, and it’s really hard to pinpoint exactly why they missed the playoffs last year when you think in terms of just personnel.

This year, the Giants will likely be right back in the playoff mix again, and they have some guys who are ready to emerge as breakout players. Here are three players–one from each of the last three draft classes–who are poised for a big year in 2013.

Third year — Prince Amukamara, CB

When the Giants landed Prince Amukamara in the later portion of the 2011 NFL Draft, I was thinking they got one of the biggest steals in the entire class. Amukamara has great size/speed/athleticism and he was pretty much a dominant corner at Nebraska. I fully expected him to be a top 10 pick that year, but there was obviously a reason he fell and injuries have hindered his NFL career thus far.

He played in just seven games as a rookie, and was largely disappointing with 14 tackles and just one interception. As a sophomore in 2012, he saw much better success and wound up playing in 13 games, racking up 53 tackles, an interception, and seven more passes defensed.

With the cornerback position in a state of transition for the Giants, I think Amukamara has a chance to step up and become one of their better defensive players. If he can stay healthy, he should be poised for a breakout season for the Giants.

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