We sure hope so. Two years in a row the NY Giants have gotten what the franchise deems as a true play maker. No one wants to see a good player loosing playing time; however, I am pumped to see first round pick Prince Amukarmara fight for a starting spot.
In my humble opinion his game does bring a few players to mind. The 6 foot 206 lbs pound corner back reminds me of one part Sheldon Brown(Browns/Eagles) for his form tackling skills and one part Charles Woodson(Packers/Raiders) for his ability to be active around the ball and the ability to work close to the line blanketing underneath routes.
After watching some video on Prince, who could be the new No. 21 in this town, I was left with mixed emotions.
Prince is a very fluid player and is very impressive underneath the linebackers. He comes up and actually wraps up and tackles....which is a huge plus in today's NFL. Most corners in 2011 shy away from contact and only want the glory of an interception. On occasion most NFL corner backs might give you a shoulder. This technique is sponsored by the worst tackling corner in the league...Asante Samuel.
Prince takes great angles to the ball and showcases plenty of "giddy up" when he needs to explode through a receiver or catch a running back from behind. Looking at this athletically...he will challenge DeSean Jackson, Miles Austin, and Michael Crabtree on those underneath wheel routes.
On video he seems to struggle a bit with big, fast, physical receivers like Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall's, and Andre Johnson who can catch the ball in traffic or burn past you.
With the addition of Prince Amukarmara from Nebraska, he will challenge Giants corner back Aaron Ross for the starting nickel back position right out-of-the-gate at the first day at camp...if there is a season. If the Prince has a great camp he may even challenge Terrell Thomas for the starting right corner position.
So where does Prince fit in for Big Blue?
Terrell Thomas, who had his finest season as a pro and should have made the Pro-Bowl does lack great foot speed and explosiveness in the open field. The NFL has become obsessed with the vertical passing game and the drafting of Prince Amukarmara will make a huge difference when it comes to covering Jeremy Maclin, Dez Bryant and Greg Jennings.
If the season started today, Prince Amukarmara would be penciled in as the starting nickel back and Aaron Ross as the dime; however, I would guess that Prince will push and challenge Terrell Thomas for that right corner back position. The Giants have changed for the better.
If there is a season...the Giants defense has an interesting battle on it's way.