The members of the New York Giants 2014 draft class will be entering their third seasons in the NFL in 2016, and should be forming part of the team's core. Odell Beckham and Weston Richburg are part of that class, and core. So, too, probably is linebacker Devon Kennard. Can defensive tackle Jay Bromley join that group?
Let's take a closer look at the Syracuse grad and Flushing, N.Y. native as we continue profiling the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp later this summer.
2015 Season in Review
Bromley saw his playing time increase from 112 defensive snaps as a rookie in 2014 to 478 snaps (41.4 percent) last season. Still, veteran Cullen Jenkins played more and the much-maligned Markus Kuhn started ahead of Bromley when he was healthy. The 2014 third-round pick started four games and collected 36 tackles (19 solo) but is still looking for his first NFL sack. Bromley had the best game of his young career in the 2015 season finale, recording five tackles against the Philadelphia Eagles.
2016 Season Outlook
If Johnathan Hankins and free-agent signee Damon Harrison are healthy there is no chance Bromley will be a starter. The Giants are likely counting on him to be part of their defensive tackle rotation, and perhaps a replacement for the run-stuffing Harrison in passing situations.
Bromley was probably overdrafted when the Giants took him in the third round two years ago, even surprising the player himself. He hasn't yet justified the Giants' early call of his name in 2014. The Giants need Bromley, entering his third season, to show that he is ready and able to take a step forward in his play.
If Bromley, 23, can do that he could provide the Giants with an interior pass rusher and quality depth. If he can't, Bromley could become another failed mid-round pick.