It took all of my strength to quiet the voice inside my head that said I couldn’t rank a fullback this high. Don't tell me what to do, brain! Instead, I went with my gut and doled out this top-five ranking to a player who was quietly a key piece in the Giants’ championship offense. I’ll admit that this ranking is extremely aggressive, but it’s based on the fact that I strongly believe Hynoski will be a huge factor in turning the Giants’ running game around and allowing the Giants’ offense to become the football equivalent of a well balanced breakfast. Anyway, what fun is a top ten (or eleven) list without any controversy?
Many draft experts considered Hynoski to be the best fullback in the draft, and no one would have batted an eye if he were a taken in the fourth round. Seven teams drafted fullbacks, yet for whatever reason, Hynoski was passed over by every one of them. We here at Giants Football Blog agreed that Hynoski would be a perfect fit for the Giants, and Jerry Reese was happy to scoop him up as an undrafted free agent. Whether Reese was able to read the market on fullbacks, or if he just lucked into this steal is impossible to determine. Either way, the Giants found a young cornerstone for their running game.
To the casual fan (if you feel like this is a subtle dig at you for disagreeing with me, you are correct), Hynoski is a marginal player with a funny name at an unimportant position. But if you'd just look a little deeper, you'd realize that Hynoski has given the Giants the type of old-school blocking fullback they haven’t had since Madison Hedgecock’s breakout season (hint: they stocked up on confetti that year as well).
It may seem ridiculous to laud Hynoski’s contributions as a run-blocker, considering that the Giants finished dead-last in rushing yards, but it would have been a lot worse without the talented youngster fromPittsburgh. Like most rookies, Hynoski had his inconsistencies, but it all came together for him in the playoffs, a big reason why the team was successful rushing the ball during the postseason (3.5 yards per carry during the regular season, 4.2 yards per carry during the postseason). He’s also a sneaky good receiver for a fullback, an area in which he should continue to improve.
And like many other players on this list, Hynoski made one important play that helped the Giants win a Super Bowl. What could have been a deadly turnover was merely a bullet dodged when the fullback fell on Hakeem Nicks' fumble late in the third quarter. The drive resulted in a field goal, the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl, and Hynoski was named the MVP...I remember it well.
But imaginary MVP trophies aside, being nicknamed “The Hynoceros” is enough to justify this ranking.