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Giants Draft Booms and Busts

The Giants Beat takes a look bask at the past five Giants drafts and identifies the booms and busts.

Giants Booms:

1.      Odell Beckham Jr.. WR (2014/ Round 1/ Pick 12)

 

Straight out o fLSU, Beckham was selected 12th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He had a breakout rookie year with 1,305 yards on 91 catches (Giants records) and 12 touchdowns, earning him Offensive Rookie of the Year. Beckham holds a few league records as well including reaching 3,500 receiving yards in only 35 games and being the only player to begin his career with three straight seasons with at least 10 receiving touchdowns and over 70 catches. Beckham has been invited to the Pro Bowl in all three of his years with the Giants.

 Beckham is single-handily rewriting the record books with only three years under is belt. Arguably, he is the best draft pick the Giants have made in the last five years.

2.       Landon Collins S (2015/ Round 2/ Pick 33)

 

In 2015, the Giants had one of the worst defenses in the league. General Manager Jerry Reese took the bull by its’ horns and revamped the entire defensive unit. Because of this, the 2016 team ranked second in total points allowed.

 Landon Collins was one of the forces behind that success. Collins was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 Draft out of Alabama by the Giants. After a slow rookie year, Collins broke out of his shell. He finished the 2016 season with five interceptions including a pick-six, 13 passes defended, four sacks, and 125 total tackles. This performance earned him a Pro Bowl invitation and a nomination for Defensive Player of the Year.

 At only 23-years-old, Collins has yet to reach him prime. When drafted, many believed that Collins wasn’t worthy of an early-round pick. It’s safe to say that he has changed those minds.

3.     Justin Pugh G (2013/ Round 1/ Pick 19)

 

Linemen aren’t as talked about and given as much spotlight as skilled players. However, Justin Pugh out of Syracuse has been reliable and consistent for Big Blue since they drafted him in 2013. During his rookie season, Pugh allowed only three sacks.

 According to ESPN, in 2016 the Giants averaged 335 yards per game with Pugh on the field. On the other hand, without Pugh, the Giants averaged 294 yards per game.

 With the addition of the struggling Ereck Flowers in 2015, Pugh has stepped up for Big Blue and at only 26-years-old, he will continue to produce for New York.

 Giants Busts:

Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE (2015/ Round 3/ Pick 74)

 

Odighizuwa was compared to former Giant Justin Tuck when he was drafted in 2015. He was a good size and had the capability to make a great impact on the field.

 It’s been two years since he entered the league and Giants’ fans can easily tell you he has yet to make an impact. During his time at UCLA, Odighizuwa suffered multiple injuries and was given a medical redshirt. He practically continued his redshirt year during his rookie season with New York, as he closed the season on injured reserve.

 What makes Odighizuwa a bust is not only the fact that he barely played for Big Blue, but after only two seasons he announced on Twitter that he would be taking a break from football through multiple mysterious tweets. Weird.

 

2.       Ereck Flowers OT (2015/ Round 1/ Pick 9)

 

Ereck Flowers, where do we begin? Flowers was a first round pick out of Miami in the 2015 draft. The Giants’ plan seemed to be that Will Beatty and Justin Pugh would take Flowers under their wings and help him transition into the NFL. Unfortunately, for all parties involved, that didn’t happen. Through injuries and position changes, Flowers was thrown into the starting position his rookie year.

Flowers has yet to produce a consistent performance for the Giants, however; there is no one who can replace him. So, at least until the draft, the Giants seem to be stuck with him.

Besides the lack of ability on the field, Flowers has made some questionable character choices. Last season, Flowers’ racked up the second most penalties in the league with 13, nine of which were holding. On top of the penalties, Flowers shoved ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan after the Giants’ playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. Adding together his physical and mental mistakes, it’s very easy to say that Flowers is a bust.

 

3.Rueben Randle WR (2012/ Round 2/ Pick 63)

 LSU has been known to produce many NFL star wide receivers (aka OBJ). Rueben Randle, however, is not one of those stars. Drafted to the Giants in 2012, Randle showed promise after being on the 2011 SEC Championship team and receiving first-team All-SEC honors. Randle did not repeat that success with Big Blue. After four seasons, Randle totaled 2,644 yards and only 20 touchdowns. Once his contract expired, the Giants forged the option to resign and Randle ended up in Philadelphia. Eli Manning has had multiple star receivers play with him, but for some reason him and Randle did not click, making Randle a bust.


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