While all Giants fans remember the 2007 season for Big Blue’s improbable Super Bowl win over the then-invincible, now-champion New England Patriots, only a few recall it as GM Jerry Reese’s first year as de-facto head of draft selection following Ernie Accorsi’s retirement. In an eight year rollercoaster tenure that includes two Super Bowls, a steady relationship with both coach and quarterback, and plenty of injuries, Reese has amassed a sizable portfolio of draft hits and misses including Mario Manningham, Zak DeOssie, Steve Smith, and Aaron Ross. Here are some of his most notable and notorious selections…
Ahmad Bradshaw (2007- 7th round, 250th pick): a two-time champion, Bradshaw had an immediate and lasting effect on the team as he was the leading rusher in both the Giants’ Super Bowl wins. Reese overlooked some early off-the-field issues and found a diamond in the rough, helping cement the GM as the new back office wunderkind.
Jason Pierre-Paul (2010- 1st round, 15th pick): Another player who had an immediate impact, JPP was a key reason the G-Men achieved ultimate success in 2011. The only real knock on him is his long history of injury which, many a GM will attest to, cannot be controlled.
Odell Beckham Jr. (2014- 1st round, 12th pick): A historic, record-setting debut is, hopefully, only the beginning. OBJ, if he can stay healthy, promises to be an offensive force and has positioned himself to be a leading generational talent.
Clint Sintim (2009- 2nd round, 45th pick): A prototypical example of what the injury bug can do. Sintim had a decent inaugural season, having played 11 games and recording 20 tackles. He then tore his ACL twice, didn’t play at all in 2011, and eventually retired in 2013.
Adrien Robinson (2012- 4th round, 127th pick): the “JPP of tight ends”, Robinson has been perhaps unfairly burdened by Reese’s comments which led to an immediate surge in expectation. After three professional season, he has caught 5 receptions for 50 yards including a 1 yard TD against Dallas.
Matt Dodge (2010- 7th round, 221st pick): A punter who was brought on board to replace the retiring Jeff Feagles, Dodge was strongly criticized by Coach Coughlin following the Giants’ 38-31 loss against the Philly Eagles, aka the Miracle at the New Meadowlands, because one of his punts was returned for a TD by DeSean Jackson instead of going out-of-bounds.