Nate Allen - Do you like stats? How about "Allen allowed the third fewest receptions per targets in the entire NFL." Yea I know right, How is that so you might ask? While most of you were focusing your attention on Nate's difficulty's in run support like getting trucked by one Giants RB, Nate was quietly a beast in coverage. All the while only one year removed from a torn patellar tendon. This kids for real, 2 years removed from surgery entering his third NFL season we will see Nasty Nate at his best. Great ball skills and footwork.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - I don't know if DRC could possibly be in a better situation than he's in right now. The ferocious pass rush, the man to man coverage in which he thrives, and being on the outside. I knew what he could do when we traded for him. A pro-bowler in 2009 DRC struggled with a terrible Cardinal pass rush in 2010, even greats can't cover forever. Believe it or not I think DRC will be a Shut-Down play maker this year. No joke.
Mychal Kendricks - Reminiscent of a young Lance Briggs just with more athleticism Kendricks will be a perennial Pro Bowler, but for now he will have to settle for a very very good rookie season. At his best going down hill and downright vicious when attacking the ball carrier. This 9 technique is actually perfect for him, Yes linemen can get up on you faster but for a player like Kendricks that plays downhill the gaps are wider and more open to attack. I believe that is why the FO drafted him and also put Jordan at weak-side. Look for him with his combination of insane athleticism and attacking skills to make splash plays the norm.
*Semi Breakout* Phillip Hunt - It seems as though a lot of these D linemen are putting it together in their second year with Jim Washburn, Widely regarded as the best d line coach in the biz one player that will reap the benefits is Hunt. Led the CFL one year is sacks and had a great pre-season, he's pretty good.
*Semi Breakout* Brandon Boykin - Here's a little note from his combine analysis "Boykin is the perfect athlete for the corner position. He makes hip flipping and backpedaling look natural, and uses elasticity in his legs and the rest of his body to mirror closely in man coverage. Although he is shorter than many corners, he rose to grab passes and adjusted his body to intercept tipped balls numerous times at Georgia. He is a burner as a runner and can recover to run with almost any receiver in the NFL. He can trail receivers well throughout their routes and effortlessly flip his hips to stay with them in transition. He is a cover corner who can also play well up-close despite his smaller stature." I wanted Boykin over Hanson from day one after watching him at Georgia, he really is the perfect athlete and player you want at the nickel. Big time upgrade right here.
Jeremy Maclin - There really is no excuses for Maclin this year and I think this new found urgency will push him well over 1000 yards. Good athlete and great hands it's just a matter of Vick getting him the ball at this point.