The New York Giants are picking 19th again in the NFL draft. When that last happened, two years ago, the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl that season. Of course, there's little correlation there because top pick Prince Amukamara didn't play much of a role.
Still, it could be a sign!
Either way, it's consolation for a difficult, playoff-less season that the G-Men get to pick inside the top 20. They need help on defense, as well as on the offensive line. But don't get your hopes up in regard to the latter because this organization hasn't drafted an offensive lineman in the first round since 1999.
Oh, and don't expect linebacker help, either. They haven't drafted a player at that position in Round 1 since 1984, when the president was James Garfield. Or something like that.
To help you get a better feel for the caliber of players that could be available to Big Blue when they're on the clock in the No. 19 spot, here's some history...
The colors, if you haven't figured it out yet, represent how well a player fared. Blue is positive, red is negative and green is "to be determined."
The first two picks on the list became stars, the jury's still out on the most recent two, and everyone in between was either pretty good, average or mediocre. It's probably safe to call Boller and Otah minor busts, while Barron and Lelie weren't exactly success stories. Still, six of the last seven No. 19 overall picks do look like pretty good selections right now.
This probably means nothing, but two of the three "busts" were offensive tackles (and two of the three offensive tackles were busts). Otah was actually the sixth tackle taken in the tackle bonanza that was the '08 first round. This could indicate that the Giants would be smart not to reach for D.J. Fluker if Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson are all gone.
The Giants could really use another Amukamara, or maybe a Hampton. They could also use a pass-rusher, but McClellin is the only one on the list so we don't have much more clarity there.
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