The legend of Jerry Reese in New York City is growing by every move that he makes. Giants fans have become accustomed to falling in love with just about every move that he makes, whether it was releasing Plaxico or drafting a little known TE out of Western Oregon. The man is quickly gaining respect not only in New York, but throughout the entire NFL.
Let's take a look at Jerry's first three draft classes. In 2007, he drafted possibly the best all-around class in a long time for the Giants. The 2007 draft class for the Giants was comprised of Aaron Ross, Steve Smith, Jay Alford, Kevin Boss, Michael Johnson, Zak DeOssie, Adam Koets, and Ahmad Bradshaw. Here's how those players panned out so far:
Aaron Ross: Solid, starting CB for the Giants. With him and Corey Webster, the Giants have a young and very talented core at CB.
Steve Smith: Really love this guy, especially on third downs, because he always catches the ball. Turned out to be a fantastic pick so far in his career, and I think he is a solid WR.
Kevin Boss: Giants fans have come to love this guy. He came out of Western Oregon in the fifth round and made an instant impact on the Giants. He filled in for Shockey and he is not only a good player, but he is also a good guy. He made one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl XLII as a rookie and he is a solid starting TE.
Ahmad Bradshaw: Another gem. Jerry found him in the seventh round out of Marshall. He is very fast and explosive and he has shown some glimpses of what he can do if he gets more touches. I know Giants fans are very excited to see what he can do as the backup RB this year.
Jay Alford: Jay is a very good defensive tackle. He does not get too many snaps, but he adds a lot of depth at DT for the Giants. The highlight of his career was when he sacked Tom Brady late in the game in Superbowl XLII.
Zak DeOssie: Good special teams player. He made the Pro Bowl already as a special teams player. He is the son of ex-Giant LB Steve DeOssie.
Michael Johnson: He has played very well so far in his short career at safety. He came in as a rookie and performed at a high level and made some big plays for Giants when they really needed him.
Adam Koets: Not much playing time for Adam yet, but maybe some time in the future. He can be groomed as a replacement some time down the road.
The following year, the Giants had another very good and deep draft class with more players who contributed big time as rookies. Here's a look back at the 2008 draft class.
Kenny Phillips: The starting safety for Big Blue had a solid year for the Giants. He is a very good tackler and he can hit as hard as a linebacker. Everyone seems to love his potential.
Mario Manningham: Mario had a great career at Michigan and was drafted in the third round. He missed a lot of time with injuries in 2008, but he will step in to compete for a job this summer. The coaches love his speed and deep threat ability. Look for him to have a breakout year this season.
Terrell Thomas: Terrell adds a lot of depth and youth at CB. He played well in his rookie season and made an immediate impact. He will be another player to keep your eye on in 2009.
Bryan Kehl: Bryan did not get to see the field too much other than on special teams. An increased role is in store for him this year as he progresses towards a possible starting role at some point.
Jonathon Goff: Goff did not get to see much playing time this past season, but he can come into training camp to compete for a job this summer.
Andre Woodson: Andre needs some work to move into a solid backup slot, which David Carr occupies. He now has to compete with Rhett Bomar as well, so there should be good competition at QB this summer.
Robert Henderson: He spent his entire rookie season on IR, so hopefully he can come into training camp healthy and in shape.
Now the anticipation shifts to the development of the Giants' 2009 class. There is much anticipation to see how these players pan out. The two players whom most Giants fans can't wait to see in action are the two new wide receivers, Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. Training camp just can't come soon enough.