The Giants haven't had a late-round pick explode onto the scene since Ahmad Bradshaw joined the team as a seventh-round selection in 2007. Bradshaw contributed to New York's Super Bowl run during his rookie year, and he scored the game-winning touchdown four years later in Super Bowl XLVI. He finished his Giants career with 4,232 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns.
That is obviously atypical production for a seventh-round selection—many don't even make the team—but Giants general manager Jerry Reese must be on point in this year's draft. In order to fuel the Giants' turnaround, even Reese's late-round selections must be viable contributors in 2014.
The easiest position to target when searching for a late-round sleeper is running back, as evidenced by Bradshaw's success. The Giants, since Bradshaw, have taken seventh-round shots on running backs Da'Rel Scott (2011, Maryland) and Michael Cox (2013, UMass); Scott is no longer with the team and Cox displayed little progress during his rookie campaign.
If the Giants want to pursue yet another late-round running back prospect, Alabama State's Isaiah Crowell is the back to target. After his dismissal from Georgia, Crowell was dominant against the lesser FCS competition. In the NFL comparison video above, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller calls him the sleeper of the 2014 draft.
The Giants don't have to go running back, though. They could land a promising, yet virtually unknown, offensive line prospect in North Dakota State's Billy Turner whose Bison have won three consecutive FCS championships. Or perhaps New York pursues a sleeper on the defensive side of the ball, reeling in Iowa's rangy, playmaking linebacker Christian Kirksey in one of the later rounds.
Whatever the case, the Giants would benefit greatly from an unexpected surge in performance from an under-the-radar selection.