1. Terrell ThomasMuch like Hakeem Nicks was on the offensive side of the ball, Terrell Thomas was the breakout star of the Giants? defense.
It?s hard to imagine that going into the season, some Giants fans wanted Aaron Ross to start over Thomas opposite Corey Webster.? Thomas showed promise in his rookie season as a second round pick out of USC, and established himself as a starter in the NFL in his second season, but some still favored Ross? superior raw skills.
In his third season, Thomas took a giant step forward, improving in almost every aspect of his game.? He led the Giants with five interceptions, and his 21 passes defensed were third in the NFL.? Most impressively, he led the Giants with 101 total tackles, which is most in the NFL for a CB.? His four forced fumbles were tied for tenth in the league.