04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Giants picks: Round 3/94 - Jayron Hosely, CB, 5-10, 178, Virginia Tech...Smallish ball hawker who will likely play in the nickel, and make a strong push for the punt returner job. - The Sports Xchange
Hosley is entering the draft after playing through an injury-hampered junior season (hamstring, concussion), which followed a sophomore year (2010) in which he led the nation with 10 interceptions.
Hosley plays bigger than he measures and is very physical, both in coverage and in run support. B but at his size he would do better if he becomes more of a wrap up tackler. Over the past two seasons he had 12 interceptions and 20 passes broken up. He adds value as a punt returner, where he averaged 11.8 yards an attempt in three college seasons.
In games he appears to have better quick explosion than long term speed, but he had an unofficial 40-yard time of 4.47 seconds at the Scouting Combine, where teams were glad to see he added five pounds since the end of the season.
Read & React: Gets better as the game goes on, picking up on small details and learning on the fly -- gets smarter as game progresses. Has very quick reaction skills and does a nice job using his eyes to recognize what the offense wants to do. Makes snap decisions and loves to drive on the ball. Will get caught with his eyes in the backfield at times, allowing the receiver to gain a step.
Man Coverage: A smooth athlete with fluid footwork and excellent quickness out of his breaks to drive on the ball. Has loose hips with above average foot quickness and balance to transition in a flash. Possesses the change of direction ability to be sticky in tight coverage. Will get too hands-on in coverage and his physical nature will attract penalties at the next level. Needs to stay under control through the whistle.
Zone Coverage: Shows exceptional feel in zone coverage, putting himself in ideal position to make a play with very good body positioning. Highly aggressive and competitive when the ball is in the air. Shows the ballskills and awareness to make plays on the ball. Lined up mostly in off-man coverage at Virginia Tech and has an obvious comfort level in this scheme.
Closing/Recovery: Hosley lacks elite speed and trusts his athleticism too much -- hasn't focused on developing his technique and footwork for the position. Doesn't have great long-speed to recover after a false step. Accelerates in a flash to close in a hurry.
Run Support: Has a physical playing style and never backs down in run support. Scrappy and loves to get dirty, attacking ballcarriers and never backing down. Very lean and lack of strength is a concern -- needs to spend more time in the weight room to add bulk. Inconsistent in run support because he's too easily blocked and knocked out of the play. Often overaggressive, taking inaccurate angles to the play -- undisciplined with too many self-inflicted wounds.
Tackling: Needs to become a better wrap tackler and not settle for simply throwing his body around -- missed too many open-field tackles. Undersized with a short, light frame -- lack of overall size against bigger ballcarriers is tough to ignore.
Intangibles: Has a feisty playing temperament and displays much needed confidence for the position. Adds value as a return man on special teams, averaging 11.8 yards per return as a three-year punt returner, including a pair of touchdowns over his career. Has been very productive with a combined 12 interceptions and 20 passes broken up the past two seasons as a starter. Struggled with injuries in 2011, battling a hamstring and then a concussion late in the season.
-- Dane Brugler