The last time I looked the New York Giants were a team that was ready to win now. They were the best team in the regular season. Then they lose Plaxico Burress, win one more game the rest of the season, and are bounced in the first round of the playoffs.
The drafting of Hakim Nicks was the right move. He was clearly the third best receiver in the draft. Michael Crabtree should've been a top-five pick. Jeremy Maclin was a steal for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings picked an automatic bust in Percy Harvin.
Harvin, who has character issues and has a similar skill-set as another infamous draft pick—Ted Ginn, Jr.—fast, quick, elusive. He can play multiple positions. But the Giants already had somebody like that who doesn't get off the bench—Sinorice Moss.
So, the drafting of Nicks was the right move, but the Giants should never have been in that position.
You, me, Jerry Reese, Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning, we all saw what the Giants became when they didn't have that true number one receiver—a mediocre offense that struggled to score points in the red zone. So, what do they do? Draft a receiver who, hopefully, can become a decent playmaker for them in three years?
How does this team not trade for Anquan Boldin or Braylon Edwards? Two proven receivers that would have been ready to take over that number one spot now for the Giants. Nicks may not be at their level for another three years, if at all.
In three years: Brandon Jacobs, Antonio Pierce, David Diehl, Kareem McKenzie, Fred Robbins, and Danny Clark are all gone. And who knows who else won't be on the team. The Giants are a championship-caliber team today. They were missing one piece and Reese failed to get it.
Steve Smith (and not the good one), Domenik Hixon, Sinorice Moss, Mario Manningham, and Nicks—this is the receiving corps that's supposed to win a Super Bowl? I don't see it. Where is the experience? Where is the proven ability? And for some of these guys (Moss, Manningham) where is the talent?
Time to cross your fingers Giants fans and hope Eric Mangini decides to cut Edwards loose. If not, Eli will probably have a better chance of Coughlin catching those jump balls.