There was no third-round pick (it went to San Diego as part of the Manning trade) but DE/SLB Reggie Torbor, the fourth choice, has played sparingly but well. He has four special teams tackles and a partially blocked punt.
Snee, according to his father-in-law (head coach Tom Coughlin) was the third ranked offensive lineman in the draft -- but the first ranked guard. An All-Big East selection at Boston College, the 6-3, 315-pounder pushed last year's starter at RG, David Diehl, to RT and hasn't missed a play since the opening game.
"Does my father-in-law get on me? Oh, yeah," smiles Snee. "But it's only during the games. When I mess up, like when I had three false starts in one game, he ripped me on the sideline. But when we're in a family situation, he's just great."
A Jekyll and Hyde? "I don't know, which one was the good one?" Snee joked. "I don't know if there's much of that one."
Adding to this year's draft are a handful of picks from 2003 who have started to show signs of vindicating their high selection, including DT William Joseph (1), DE Osi Umenyiora (2), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (3), Diehl (5), WR Willie Ponder (6a), CB Frank Walker (6b), WR-ST David Tyree (6c) and G-C Wayne Lucier (7b).
Vindication is heady stuff for these down-trodden Giants draft experts, and if Eli Manning proves to be the superstar he is billed as, the last two years will be remembered as a mini-golden age of player evaluation.