By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729
The 2019 NFL draft is fast approaching and many New York Giants fans have got to be curious about who the Giants will use their double-digit picks on.
Considered a huge asset to the Giants franchise, Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded in exchange for those multiple draft picks and a former first-round draft pick. This seems to signify a rebuild, but what and who will this rebuild consist of?
This is not the first time the Giants have held double-digit picks, and as history has shown, having the most draft picks don’t guarantee quality players. Let’s take a look at the history of the The New York Giants when possessing double-digit draft picks and those outcomes.
During the 2003 draft, they landed legendary defensive end Osi Umenyiora in the second round. The Giants also selected offensive linemen David Diehl in the fifth round before drafting the legendary wide receiver and special teams ace David Tyree in the sixth round.
Tyree is best known for the Helmet Catch in 2008 on the Giants’ final drive of Super Bowl XLII. The catch came at a crucial moment and was instrumental in continuing the drive that eventually resulted in the Giants scoring a last-minute touchdown. The result was a 17–14 victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots.
1992 the Giants had 12 draft picks with Derek Brown being chosen as the first pick. Brown was considered the worst draft pick in New York Giants franchise history, per ESPN analyst Jordan Raanan.
1991 fullback Jarrod Bunch, as the number one pick, and wide receiver Ed McCaffery, the number three selection, were the highlights of the twelve draft picks the Giants had that year. Bunch was named New York Giants Offensive Player of the year in 1992. In the 1993 training camp Bunch sustained a knee injury that sidelined him for seven weeks.
By 1994 the Giants had terminated his contract. McCaffery didn’t have much of a career with the Giants either. After spending 3 seasons with the Giants, he moved on to the 49ers, where he wins one Super Bowl ring, and then on to the Denver Broncos where he would go on to win two more.
1990 New York Giants had eleven picks and they go with running back Rodney Hampton as the number one overall pick. Hampton does live up to the hype and goes on to be offensive player of the year. Hampton played his entire career with the Giants from 1990–1997. A two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1992 and 1993, his 6,897 career rushing yards stood as the most in Giants history until Tiki Barber surpassed that mark in the 2004 NFL season. Hampton was a member of the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXV.
1989 Giants had thirteen draft picks. Running back Dave Meggett was the biggest ticket as the number five overall selection. He led the league in punt return yards (582) in his rookie season, while gaining 577 kickoff return yards, 531 receiving yards, and 117 rushing yards, earning him a trip to the Pro Bowl. Meggett led the NFL in punt return yards again in his second season (467), helping the Giants record a 13–3 regular season record and a 20–19 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV.
So history has shown that multiple picks isn’t always a guarantee.
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