The New York Giants have won two Super Bowls since the dawn of the new millennium. This feat is thanks in large part to the quality early round selections that they acquired, including Eli Manning and Hakeem Nicks.
However, as free agency nears, teams are focused on how exactly their club will both enhance the current roster and replace departing veterans. For those who will not look to make a splash in free agency, their attention will turn to the NFL Draft.
For the next two months, football fans will be saturated with scouting breakdowns and projections that seem to centralize on the potential early round selections alone.
While I am in no way calling into question the analytics and expertise of those that study the draft, history has shown us that there is more to building a winning roster than selecting a high profile rookie who has yet to prove himself.
The draft is seven full rounds. The spring's commotion will be all about who is selected early but the winter could be defined by those who were barely noticed, if noticed at all.
Here is a quick look at five Giants from the 2000s that were steals as rookies.