Jayron Hosley

Draft Grades: New York Giants

With so few holes, I expected the New York Giants to simply target the best available player – a strategy which Jerry Reese has used frequently in the past – but he strayed from his typical approach and it may come back to haunt him down the road.

David Wilson was a reach, and there’s really no way to sugar coat that. The fact that Reese would reach for Wilson raises a serious question: is Ahmad Bradshaw healthy? If so, the selection makes little sense. But if they’re legitimately worried about Bradshaw’s ability to stay on the field in 2012, the pick is justifiable. Since the motivation behind the pick is a bit of an unknown, I’ll have to factor that into the grade and give Reese the benefit of the doubt.

The selection of Rueben Randle is more in line with the Giants typical draft strategy. He was among the top available players on the board and will help fill the void left by the departure of Mario Manningham. He’s a developmental prospect but should be able to provide some help as a third or fourth option at receiver this year.

Jayron Hosley fell due to character concerns, but was probably worth the gamble in the late 3rd round. He likely won’t see the the field much given the Giants crowded secondary, but he was a solid investment at that point in the draft.

Adrien Robinson was a hot name this offseason and a late riser up the draft boards. He’s a good fit for the Giants, who like their tight ends to be strong blockers. He was likely drafted as insurance behind Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum, who are both coming off injuries.

Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants add some much-needed depth to the Giants offensive line. Neither has much upside, but they both have the ability to play multiple positions along the line and have long careers as backup linemen.

Markus Kuhn will become one of the few players born in Germany to play in the NFL. He’s a good athlete for his size and is an interesting developmental prospect. However, the Giants depth chart is crowded at defensive tackle and he may struggle to make the final roster cut.

I’m having a hard time grading the Giants draft without knowing what prompted the selection of David Wilson. If they’re worried about Bradshaw, it makes sense. But if they panicked once Doug Martin was snatched out from under them by the Bucs, it’s a poor decision. Given Reese’s draft history, I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt, but this was definitely not his strongest draft class.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Draft Grades - 2012, Giants 1 Comment

Jaguars show interest in cornerbacks

The Jacksonville Jaguars have already upgraded their secondary with the addition of Aaron Ross, but they may not be done yet.

Hosley would be a nice fit in Jacksonville

The Jaguars have scheduled visits with Dre Kirkpatrick and Jayron Hosley, both potential 1st-round picks. It seems unlikely that the Jaguars would target a corner with the 7th overall selection, but they could be interested in trading down. If the Jaguars can find a trade partner, Kirkpatrick may be available somewhere in the 12-20 range and could be a nice addition to their secondary.

However, Hosley may actually be a better fit for the Jaguars, as his skill set makes him better suited to play the nickel corner role. If he’s on the board in the 2nd round, the Jags could pull the trigger, giving them a significantly deeper secondary than a season ago.

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Steelers draft plans becoming clear?

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released veteran cornerback Bryant McFadden, making an already weak secondary even more thin.

McFadden played sparingly in 2011, after starting every game – including the Super Bowl – for the Steelers in 2010. His release now leaves Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen as the only cornerbacks who saw action in 2011, still under contract for the 2012 season.

With so many question marks at the position, one has to wonder how the Steelers plan to improve one of the league’s weakest units. While the Steelers do have money to spend this offseason, there are relatively few options at cornerback in the free agent market.

However, there is a wealth of talent at the cornerback position in this year’s draft class with as many as 10 prospects potentially earning late 1st or 2nd round grades. If the Steelers are planning to target this position in the draft, they can be reasonably certain that at least three or four worthy prospects will be on the board at No. 24.

One potential target that comes to mind is Virginia Tech’s Jayron Hosley. While he is undersized, he would be a nice compliment to the bigger Ike Taylor, who is likely to remain their No. 1 corner. Hosley’s speed could be of particular interest to the Steelers, who know they need to find a way to contain the Ravens’ Torrey Smith twice per  year.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Steelers Comments Off

Jayron Hosley scouting report

Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech #20
Ht: 5’10″Wt: 175  
Strengths:
Elite athleticism. A big time playmaker with great hands; led nation in interceptions in 2010. Tough for his size; willing to play close to the line of scrimmage and mix it up against bigger receivers. Elite awareness and vision in zone coverage; does a great job reading the quarterback and is smart about when he breaks on the ball; aggressive, but doesn’t take too many ill-advised risks. Does an exception job playing the ball rather than the receiver whenever possible. Gives a reasonable effort in run support considering his size. Experienced returning kicks and punts.
Weaknesses:
Undersized. Not a wrap-up tackler; lacks the strength and overall size to make a significant difference in run support. Tends to shy away from mixing it up with interior linemen when stepping up against the run; likes to stay on the edge. Doesn’t always take great angles in pursuit. Suffered a concussion in 2011. Also played through a hamstring injury in 2011. Takes too many risks on special teams; needs to recognize when the play is dead.
Comments:
If not for his lack of size, Hosley would be 1st-round lock. He’s an aggressive playmaker who has all the skills necessary to be a quality cover corner at the next level. However, his size is an issue, and may limit his effectiveness against certain receivers at the next level. While Hosley can start in the NFL, it’s tough to envision someone with his size as a true No. 1 cornerback. He has the skills to matchup against the smaller No. 1s in the league (e.g. Mike Wallace), but has little hope of slowing down the likes of Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald.
Videos:
2011 vs Clemson
2010 vs N.C. State
2010 vs UNC and Stanford (bowl game) 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 1 Comment

Virginia Tech CB Jayron Hosley likely turning pro

According to the Washington Post, Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Jayron Hosley is likely headed to the NFL.

Hosley is waiting to hear back from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, but stated “right now my mind is I’m moving on after this season.”

Depending on who else turns pro at his position, Hosley may be considered 1st-round pick by some teams, but could come off the board anywhere between the late 1st and early 3rd round.

Hosley has been a playmaker throughout his career, recording 12 interceptions over the past two seasons. However, he is listed at just 5’10″, 179 pounds, which is significantly smaller than your average starting cornerback. Some teams may view him strictly as a nickel back, which would drop him on their board.

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