Many loyal NFL fans know that the NFL draft is approaching where the fate of many franchises rely on the selections that are made in the seven round 256 pick draft. The man responsible for making the selection for Big Blue since 2007 is Jerry Reese and while the draft is crucial for all 32 teams in the NFL this draft is even more crucial for Reese. In the words of Giants owner John Mara the Giants have become irrelevant and if the Giants remain irrelevant in 2016 Reese could easily be given his walking papers.
While the current Giant performance would dictate that Reese and his staff have not been the best evaluators of talent Reese has made several key picks in his time with the Giants. Talent acquired by Reese via the NFL draft has played a vital role in Big Blue winning two Super Bowls. When it came to evaluating the picks it came to two factors with the first factor being the performance of the player on the field and the second factor was when the player was drafted.
5. Weston Richburg 2nd round 43rd overall pick 2014
While the Giants had a difficult 2015 season they had a Pro Bowl selection on the offensive line. Richburg switched over to left guard in 2014 and then moved back to his natural position in 2015 and played dividends by becoming one of the best at his position in the NFL. Moving forward the G-men have a building block up the middle that could become a cornerstone of one of the best offensive lines for years to come.
- Hakeem Nicks 1st round 29th overall pick 2009
Nicks was the barometer for how well the Giants were performing during his first five seasons with the Giants. His best season was 2011 with coincides with the last time the G-men claimed victory in the Super Bowl. In the regular season Nicks played 15 games and has 1192 yards and 7 touchdowns. Nicks also raised his game to another level in the 2011 playoff run by having 448 yards receiving and 4 touchdown and hauled in a Hail Mary pass from Eli Manning before halftime in the divisional playoff game at Green Bay that gave the Giants the momentum they needed to dethrone the defending Super Bowl champs. If not for injuries Nicks name might have even been brought up in hall of fame discussion.
- Ahmad Bradshaw 7th round 250 overall pick 2007
Two words to describe Bradshaw would be steal and compliment. Bradshaw was a steal because of his production when with the Giants. Many 7th round picks are satisfied making the NFL roster yet Bradshaw career highlights are exceeded expectations by winning two Super Bowl titles, two seasons of over 1000 yards rushing and an electric 88 yard run against Buffalo in week 16 that helped clinch a playoff spot. Bradshaw was a compliment because his skillset was different than running back Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs was a downhill runner while Bradshaw was more of a speed back and a receiving threat from out of the backfield.
- Jason Pierre-Paul 1st round 15th overall pick 2010.
The man referred to as JPP came into the NFL as a project that turned into dominant force when healthy. Upon entering the league Pierre- Paul did not start his first season in the league in his second year of service JPP started 12 of 16 games and accumulated a career high 16.5 sacks. In his second season JPP also provided a key play by blocking a game winning field goal attempt at Dallas in week 14. Injuries have curtailed JPP’s playing time over his career but when evaluating his performance Pierre-Paul played up to the billing of a first round draft pick.
- Odell Beckham Jr. 1st round 12th overall pick 2014.
At this current time it is safe to say that Odell Beckham Jr. has been the best wide receiver in the 2014 draft if not the overall best player in the draft. In two short seasons OBJ has set numerous records and went to the Pro Bowl twice. While the Giants have not reached the playoffs in Beckham Jr’s two seasons he has been one of the few shinning stars in what has been a bleak time for Big Blue.