The most exciting rookies on the second half of the Giants' 2012 schedule.

Redskins: Keenan Robinson (LB)

Joking?it?s obviously Robert Griffin III. The Redskins gave up a bounty (bad word choice?) for RGIII, and he?s expected to be an explosive, all-around QB early in his career.? The NFC East will be a tough(er) battle for years to come.

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There are a number of exciting 2012 draftees on the Giants? schedule this year. Below, I have listed the rookie(s) I am anticipating most among each of the Giants? opponents, starting with their four pre-season foes.

Jaguars (Preseason Week 1): ?WR Justin Blackmon

The consensus best wide receiver in the draft, Blackmon was an absolute beast at Oklahoma State. He may not be the "can't-miss" talent his fifth overall billing suggests, and he?s not quite as good as last year?s first rounders AJ Green or Julio Jones either.? That doesn?t mean he can?t develop into a top-20 wide receiver.

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Now that preseason has drawn to a close and the roster has been cut down to size, let's see how their draft picks fared in their first major test (after the jump):
  • Muhammad Wilkerson (DT) - Wilkerson has been a solid player, at times playing exceptionally. He's had 5 QB pressures over the course of this preseason. His standout moment, though, came when he got into it with Brandon Jacobs of the Giants. Though drawing a flag away from the ball after the play was dead may not have been the smartest move, it shows that this rookie's got quite a bit of fire in his heart
  • Kenrick Ellis (DL) - Ellis, too, has been a a solid defensive player, though not the breakout passing rusher he was drafted to be. Of course, it's still very early. His best game was against the Texans, in which he had a deflection that led to a turnover and great penetration
  • Bilal Powell (RB) - While he hasn't been explosive, Bilal has been a strong, powerful runner and blocker who, given time, could develop into a reliable back
  • Jeremy Kerley (WR) - Picked with a 5th round choice traded from the Eagles, Kerley seems like he'll pay nice dividends this season. Though he's behind quite a bit of talent on the depth chart, Kerley's role in 2011 will likely be to fill the gap left by Brad Smith. He's dropped a few balls this preseason, but his slipperiness as a returner and his ability to play (and pass) out of the Wildcat make him an exciting player to watch this year
  • Greg McElroy (QB) - Backing up the injured Brunell this preseason, McElroy probably saw more play time than he had expected. When on the field, he showed a great deal of poise, presence, and promise, despite the fact that he was playing against backups. Unfortunately, his thumb injury will likely keep him out for some time, but he will be a more than adequate 3rd-string QB and may develop into something more some day
  • Scotty McKnight (WR) - When the Jets chose McKnight, much was made of his having been Sanchez's childhood friend. Unfortunately, McKnight didn't see much playing time, and, while he caught a touchdown pass from Drew Willy in the final game, he did seem to find a rhythm with the quarterbacks, and has been let go
Overall, I think the Jets made some pretty good decisions in this year's draft. Of their picks, they've only cut one player, and Kerley has shown some flashes of being a breakout star. Add their recent trade for Schlauderaff, the Jets have quite a bit of young talent on the roster going into 2011.
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