Doing/Not Doing The Job in Round One

Here is a quick look at some of the Giants' best picks in their history:

    Giants five best top 10 overall picks

    1 LB Lawrence Taylor, 2nd overall in 1981

    2 QB Phil Simms, 7th overall in 1979

    3 FB Tucker Frederickson, 1st overall in 1965

    4 LB Carl Banks, 3rd overall in 1984

    5 CB Mark Haynes, 8th overall in 1980

    Giants worst top 10 overall pick

    DE Cedric Jones, 5th overall in 1996

    Most significant No. 1 picks in franchise history (since 1936)

    1 Lawrence Taylor – The greatest LB to ever play the game was drafted first in 1981

    2 Frank Gifford – Hall-of-Famer taken first in 1952

    3 Phil Simms – Franchise's greatest QB taken first in 1979

    4 Rodney Hampton – Club's top rusher until Tiki Barber came along was taken first in 1990

    5 Rocky Thompson – One of the first true first-round busts was selected in 1971

    6 Derek/Dave Brown – The Brown busts were both taken in 1992, Dave in the supplemental draft

    7 Jarrod Bunch – Began a stretch of four consecutive first round busts in 1991

    8 Tucker Frederickson – One of famed Baby Bulls, taken first in 1965

    9 Thomas Lewis – New York would have been better off taking TGI editor Brian Spindler first in 1994

    10 Eli Manning – The jury's still out on 2004 top overall choice

    Giants' best picks by round (1970-present)

    1 – LB Lawrence Taylor, 1981

    2 – DE Michael Strahan, 1993

    3 – DT John Mendenhall, 1972

    4 – LB Harry Carson, 1976

    5 – RB David Meggett, 1989

    6 – TE Howard Cross, 1989

    7 – WR Lionel Manuel, 1984

    8 – LB Jessie Armstead, 1993

    9 – LB Byron Hunt, 1981

    10 – WR Ray Rhodes, 1974

    11 – DE George Martin, 1975

    12 – K Matt Stover, 1990

    Giants' best picks, by round, by decade

      1970s   1980s   1990s

    1  QB Phil Simms LB Lawrence Taylor RB Rodney Hampton

    2  LB Brad Van Pelt RB Joe Morris  DE Michael Strahan

    3  DT John Mendenhall WR Stephen Baker WR Ed McCaffrey 

    4  LB Harry Carson TE Mark Bavaro DT Keith Hamilton

    5  DB Terry Jackson RB David Meggett DE Chad Bratzke 

    6  DT Jim Pietrzak TE Howard Cross LB Corey Miller

    7  TE Al Dixon  WR Lionel Manuel LB Corey Widmer 

    8  G Roy Simmons S Myron Guyton LB Jessie Armstead

    9  C Pat Hughes  LB Byron Hunt DE Clint James

    10-plus DE George Martin S Herb Welch  K Matt Stover

    Giants All-2000 Draft Team (by round taken)

    1 TE Jeremy Shockey, 2002

    2 DE Osi Umenyiora, 2003

    3 CB Will Peterson, 2001

    4 LB Brandon Short, 2000

    5 G David Diehl, 2003


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