The New York Giants drafted cornerback Jayron Hosley out of Virginia Tech in the third-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Immediately following the selection, General Manager Jerry Reese referred to the rookie as "athletically arrogant," comparing his on-field skill to that of Adam "Pacman" Jones.
As it turns out, Hosley fits that bill to perfection.
"Truthfully, I felt like the college game was getting a little too easy for me," Hosley said. "I wanted a challenge and it was more of a challenge in the NFL."
In 2010, Hosley led the nation with nine interceptions and followed it up with another strong 2011 campaign, but opposing quarterbacks obviously tried a little bit harder to stay away from him.
Hosley hurt his draft stock by failing a drug test at the NFL Combine (marijuana), but following a conversation with Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, the team felt confident that any issues Hosley had are a thing of the past. He reaffirmed that on Friday night, saying he's working hard to better himself.
"I definitely regret it. But it’s something that’s in the past and behind me," said Hosley.. "I’m working toward bettering myself and not letting something like this happen again ever. They trusted me and I’m thankful for that and I want to make this a worthy decision."
The 21-year-old certainly doesn't lack in confidence, and his track record proves he doesn't lack in skill either. His success in the NFL will solely depend on his motivation, work-ethic and ability to avoid off-field distraction.
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