David Wilson's likely career-ending condition of diffuse cervical stenosis is just the latest ailment to derail the career of a high-round Giants draft pick in recent years and reduces the number of draft picks from 2011 and 2012 who could still be on the field for the Giants in this year's opener to eight.
Of the past seven first-round picks for the Giants, three have seen their careers vaporize quickly because of injury. Kenny Phillips (knee), Hakeem Nicks (knee) and now Wilson ended their time with the Giants due to a medical condition or the lack of production that resulted from the condition. A fourth, Jason Pierre-Paul, is trying to return to form after back surgery a year ago. If he can't, he could be be added to the list.
The Giants also have had other high picks suffer similar fates including second-rounders Terrell Thomas (knee), Steve Smith (knee) and Clint Sintim (knee). Third-round pick Chad Jones' career ended before it began because of a serious leg injury suffered in an automobile accident just months after he was selected in 2010.
As for those draft classes from 2011 and 2012, the Giants selected 15 players during that timespan. Seven won't be available to them when they open the season on Sept. 8: Marvin Austin, Greg Jones, Tyler Sash and Da'Rel Scott from 2011, Wilson, Jayron Hosley (suspended) and Matt McCants from 2012. Of the eight remaining players - Prince Amukamara, Jerrel Jernigan, James Brewer, Jacquian Williams, Rueben Randle, Adrien Robinson, Brandon Mosley and Markus Kuhn - there is a good chance one or more of them will be former Giants by the time the team trims its roster to 53 players by the start of the season.