Nine members of the Giants Football Blog / Giants Rush family were asked to rank the ten Giants players they deemed most important for the 2012 season, and one master list was created.
But before we even look at the honorable mentions, below are the outliers; the four players who received only one vote from one participant. You may be shocked by some of the choices...
Voters: Dr. Bill Chachkes, Kel Dansby, John Fennelly, Chris Johnson, Dan Orlando (now editor at Sports World Report), Rich Resch, Craig Santucci, Dan Stack, Jon Wagner
Players Receiving One VoteMathias Kiwanuka
Vote received: Stack (8th place vote)
Stack: With Osi's situation in flux, Kiwanuka is a player the Giants could not afford to lose. (written before Umenyiora’s extension)
Resch: Kiwanuka is an often overlooked player. He has done everything the team has asked of him, including learning a new position, only to be jerked around a couple times. His versatility and natural abilities quietly make him one of the best defenders on the team.
It is interesting to note that Osi Umenyiora did not receive one vote. I think that Umenyoira is probably one of the ten most talented players on the team, but because of the depth at defensive end, he is not as important to this team as he would be to a team that did not already have Tuck, Pierre-Paul and Kiwanuka. Still, it's somewhat surprising that he was not on a single person's list. He likely would have been #12 or #13 on mine.
Vote received: Orlando (8th place)
Orlando: When called upon last season, Pascoe delivered…He came up big in the playoffs and recorded his first ever career TD in the NFC Championship game. He was also the only TE standing during the final Giants drive of Super Bowl XLVI. Pascoe may be needed to help solidify what is likely to be a troublesome position for the Giants this season.
Resch: Credit Dan for thinking differently, but to me, this is the strangest pick of the entire project. Pascoe is a nice player, but nowhere near a top ten most important player. In fact, he’s closer to not even being in the top 53 than he is to the top ten.
Versatility is the strongest aspect of his game, but with Henry Hynoski’s emergence, Pascoe will not be needed at fullback. He's a solid blocker but Martellus Bennett has him beat in that department. The only advantage Pascoe has is that he knows the offense, something that Bennett should be able to pick up by the start of the season (if he wants to). I usually agree with you, Dan, but I don't buy that an injury to Pascoe would be more detrimental to the team than all but seven other Giants players.
Vote received: Chachkes (10th place)
Chachkes: Even though this will only be his second year in New York, as last year progressed and wound into the playoffs he took control of the offensive line. A steady O-line is key in the NFL, and a steady center is key to a steady O-Line.
Resch: I don’t agree with this selection, but Baas is a better player than he showed in 2011. The entire offensive line was out of whack do to injuries, so I’d expect big improvements this year. He’ll have to improve to justify his contract.
Vote received: Fennelly (10th place)
Fennelly: Personally not a favorite, but he has been very consistent and made every kick they needed him to make down the stretch.
Resch: I like Tynes as a person more than I like him as a kicker. He’s hit some clutch kicks, but he’s missed some chip shots too, and let’s not forget that his greatest moment only occurred because he had previously missed two clutch kicks. He’s an above-average kicker, but the position has been devalued due to kick-offs being moved up. Only the top handful of kickers should be considered for a list like this.
Next up: players that received multiple votes but did not make the top ten.