With the 2011 NFL draft in the near future it is easy to know which franchises will draft well, the ones that have drafted well in the past. The New York Football Giants have been one of the most successful franchises in the NFL for almost a century, and one of the primary reasons for that success on the field is success in the draft room off it.
For the first decade of the 2000s the Giants were constantly in the hunt for a Super Bowl Ring, making two and winning one. And, true to formula, the success the Giants enjoyed in the 2000s was, like in the 1990s, due to the successful drafting.
That those two Super Bowl appearances in the 2000s happened under two entirely different regimes—in 2000 under head coach Jim Fassel and general manager Ernie Accorsi and in 2008 under head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese—is proof that the Giants as an organization have long understood and valued the importance of the NFL draft.
In fact, when it comes to general managers the Giants are like the Pittsburgh Steelers and coaches. In the last three decades the Giants have had only three GMs—George Young, Ernie Accorsi and Jerry Reese. And each GM worked in the organization under their predecessor before taking over.
The following slideshow is a breakdown of every draft of the 2000s of the New York Giants. Each slide will include who the decision makers were, the selections, a brief analysis and final grade.