The Biggest Draft Busts in New York Giants History

Steven GoldsteinContributor IApril 1, 2013

The Biggest Draft Busts in New York Giants History

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    The NFL draft is how dynasties are built. It's how teams stay perpetually stacked with talent; it's how rosters are restored and how new eras begin. And, to be honest, it's a serious crap shoot more often than not.

    Scouting reports and pro day times are just a glimpse into a college player's potential in the NFL. From general managers down to roaring fans, nobody really knows how a draftee will transition to the next level.

    The New York Giants have certainly found some gems through the draft (Michael Strahan, Tiki Barber and Hakeem Nicks, to name a few), but Big Blue isn't without its busts as well. In honor of this month's draft, take a look at some of the biggest Giants flops in recent memory, dating back to New York's first Super Bowl season.

1986: Eric Dorsey

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    After a prolific career at Notre Dame and weighing in at 280 pounds, Eric Dorsey had mammoth expectations in the NFL. Drafted 19th overall by the G-Men, he played from the get-go, lining up in all 16 regular season games throughout New York's run to Super Bowl XXI.

    It all went south from there though, as Dorsey recorded a paltry seven sacks over the next six seasons. Despite retiring as a two-time NFL champ, Dorsey certainly didn't validate his first-round status.

1991: Jarrod Bunch

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    To his credit, Bunch did flash promise in the early stages of his career. Selected in the first round of the 1991 draft, the Michigan product averaged 4.8 yards per carry in his second season with the Giants.

    But knee injuries slowed Bunch down. By 1994, he was out of New York; by '95, he was out of the league.

    Taking just 138 handoffs in his career and hitting the end zone only five times, Bunch definitely busted.

1991: Kanavis McGhee

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    It just wasn't their draft. A few months after claiming their second Super Bowl in franchise history, the Giants flopped in the 1991 draft, taking Bunch in the first round and Colorado linebacker Kanavis McGhee in the second.

    McGhee started just two games in his career with Big Blue, notching 11 total tackles and only 1.5 sacks. Retiring after the 1995 season, it's safe to say the pick didn't work out.

1992: Derek V. Brown

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    Luck of the Irish? Not exactly.

    Like Eric Dorsey, Derek Brown was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft from Notre Dame. He started a combined seven games in three years with the G-Men, never scoring a touchdown.

    Brown would bounce around to three other teams, eventually snatching that illustrious touchdown with the Jaguars in 1997. One career score and just 43 total receptions—definitely not worth the 14th-overall pick.

1994: Thomas Lewis

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    In the 1993 draft, the Giants struck gold with a defensive end by the name of Michael Strahan. Come '94, they weren't so lucky.

    Taken 24th overall, Indiana product Thomas Lewis was a touted wide receiver with serious speed. At just 191 pounds, Lewis doubled as a return specialist.

    Neither panned out. Lewis caught just five career touchdowns and returned one kickoff for a score. In four years with the Giants he started 14 games and never topped 700 receiving yards.

1996: Cedric Jones

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    Perhaps the biggest bust of them all.

    Drafted fifth overall in 1996, Jones enjoyed a decorated career at Oklahoma. With the Giants, though, that translated to 15 sacks in five full years. Blind in one eye, Jones forced Strahan to change sides along the defensive line.

    Jones nearly won a ring with the Giants in 2000, but was out of football after failing to make the Rams' roster in 2001.

1999: Joe Montgomery

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    Joe Montgomery was a promising second-round pick out of Ohio State. With speed and a low frame, he showed promise as a complement to Tiki Barber in the Giants' backfield.

    Five career starts, four total touchdowns and just two years in New York will slap on the bust label, though. Montgomery's failure paved the way for another Giants draft flop.

2000: Ron Dayne

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    Ron Dayne...

    Drafted 11th overall in 2000, Dayne had massive upside. The recipient of the 1999 Heisman Trophy at Wisconsin, Dayne's bruising style of running caught the Giants' eye. The "thunder" to Tiki Barber's "lightning," Dayne saw 228 carries in his rookie season, despite starting just four games.

    But when it's all said and done, Dayne was a tremendous bust for the G-Men. He averaged 3.4 yards per carry in three of his four seasons in Giants blue and never cracked 800 yards on the ground. Plagued by accusations of being out of shape, Dayne clashed with then-head coach Jim Fassel and was out of town by 2005.

    Dayne would go on to bumble through stints with the Broncos and Texans before retiring in '07.

2002: Tim Carter

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    After excelling at wideout and defensive back (and running track and field) at Auburn, Carter was drafted in the second round in 2002.

    With recent draft strikes in receivers Ike Hilliard and Amani Toomer, Carter had high expectations. He fell well short, however, churning out no more than two touchdowns a season over five seasons in the slot.

2006: Sinorice Moss

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    Nothing short of an absolute burner at Miami, Moss' natural athleticism and famous last name built sturdy expectations for a pro career. The Giants drafted him in the second round of the 2006 draft, only to find him a far inferior version of his brother, Santana.

    Moss' 5'8" size hindered any serious production. He caught a total of 39 passes for three touchdowns and was out of the league by 2009.

     

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