Some picks made for better professionals than others. For every first-round bust, there has been a late-round steal. The Giants have been lucky enough to have employed the services of two quality general managers—Ernie Accorsi (1997-2006), who has lived a Hall of Fame-caliber football life, and his hand-selected successor, Jerry Reese (2007-present)—during the past decade of drafting.
One could argue that the 2004 selection of Philip Rivers (Round 1, pick four), which directly led to the acquisition of Manning, was one of the best picks of the last decade. However, for the purposes of this article, I have only considered New York's actual picks and their contributions as Giants.
In the same regard, I have not taken into account, for example, the production of 2006 draft selection Barry Cofield (Round 4, pick 124) since he joined the Washington Redskins in 2011.
Upon reading this article, you will likely notice a few things:
- No player from either of New York's two most recent drafts is included, as we have not yet seen enough of these young draftees to consider them among the "best" and "worst" selections of the past decade (although some appear to be well on their way);
- Five offensive players (three among the "best") and five defensive players (three among the "worst") have made this list;
- Three of the five best picks of the last decade were made by Accorsi, while all five of the worst picks were made by Reese; and
- The 2009 draft class was a particularly unsuccessful one.
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*All statistical information courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.