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Over the past decade, it was Ernie Accorsi who laid the foundation and Jerry Reese who has built upon it.
The 2001 class was a rather uneventful draft for the New York Giants. The only notable player taken in that draft was their first round pick, Will Allen. Allen had a solid, if unspectacular career with the Giants and currently plays for the Miami Dolphins.
The following year, the Giants didn't have a whole lot of success either. They did walk away with Jeremy Shockey in the first round and he was a beast for the six seasons they had him.
But 2003 was a redemption year for New York. They walked away with two real studs in the draft. Osi Umenyiora was taken in the second round and he has become one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL today. David Diehl dropped into the fifth round and he immediately made an impact for the team. Perhaps the most unheralded pick of the group was David Tyree, Super Bowl XLII hero, but also one-hit wonder.
Finally, the controversial 2004 NFL draft in which Eli Manning orchestrated a forced trade to New York. While Manning helped lead the Giants to a Super Bowl victory, Phillip Rivers—the player involved in the trade—has become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Chris Snee was also taken in the second round and he has become a force in the trenches.
Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs highlight another great draft for the Giants in 2005 followed up by two more studs the year after.
The 2007 and 2008 seasons is where the Giants struck gold with a number of great finds. Aaron Ross hasn't been the impact player he was expected to be, but Steve Smith has turned into a great possession receiver and Ahmad Bradshaw may be the steal of the 2007 draft.
Four of the their first five picks in the 2008 draft are all paying dividends for the team right now.
However, the Giants most recent prized possession is playmaker Hakeem Nicks who has quickly turned into one of the best receivers in the league.
2001: Will Allen
2002: Jeremy Shockey
2003: Osi Umenyiora, Vishante Shiancoe, David Diehl, David Tyree
2004: Eli Manning, Chris Snee
2005: Corey Webster, Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs
2006: Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield
2007: Aaron Ross, Steve Smith, Kevin Boss, Ahmad Bradshaw
2008: Kenny Phillips, Terrell Thomas, Mario Manningham, Jonathan Goff
2009: Hakeem Nicks
2010: Jason Pierre-Paul