Giants star Victor Cruz yesterday admitted he dropped the ball by predicting George Zimmerman would be dead within a year from vigilante justice.

The popular, squeaky-clean wide receiver apologized for the ominous tweet, posted moments after Florida jurors acquitted the neighborhood-watch volunteer in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

“My tweet last night was my initial interpretation of the reaction I was reading on Twitter,” Cruz wrote yesterday. “I immediately realized my tweet was a mistake, and I apologize. That’s why I deleted it.”

The day before, Cruz had tweeted: “Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him.”

In his much more conciliatory later tweet, Cruz said the tragedy of Martin’s death should spark more dialogue and less violence.