Will Ross Corner the Starting Market?

Everyone's excited about Aaron Ross, New York's top pick out of Texas.

Everyone, of course, except Sam Madison, the man whose position Ross is expected to take, be it sooner or later. Despite what the crafty veteran corner will tell you, no player is ever happy when a high-round pick is spent on his position. Just ask Amani Toomer.

For all the talk of Madison losing a step, he wasn't all that bad last season. He just wasn't the impact player and shutdown guy you want your top corner to be. Nor would you expect a guy heading into his 11 th NFL season to be. Hence New York's decision to select Ross with the 20th overall selection.

While Ross has shown a few flashes since being drafted, he hasn't exactly come on like gangbusters, missing most of the veteran minicamp as a precautionary measure after he banged his head. And the Giants aren't saying too much, so as not to put any additional pressure on Ross. But they fully hope that their top pick progresses quickly enough that he's a major factor in the secondary this season, potentially as a starter.

Corey Webster will start at the other corner and R.W. McQuarters likely will be entrenched as the fourth CB, which basically leaves a battle between Madison and Ross. While Madison has to be considered the favorite heading into camp due to his experience, it probably won't take a heck of a lot of solid play from Ross this summer for him to be introduced with the starting defense on opening night in Dallas.

Stay tuned.

This was the fifth and final installment of our camp battles to watch series. Please check back often during camp to see how these five fights are unfolding.

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