NFL Draft 2011: 10 Players the New York Giants Should Have Selected Since 2000

Collin BerglundCorrespondent IIIApril 22, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: 10 Players the New York Giants Should Have Selected Since 2000

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    LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to Ahmad Bradshaw to lateral the ball while being pressured by the Washington Redskins defense during their game at FedEx Field on January 2, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.
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    The 2011 NFL Draft is around the corner.  In order to look ahead, the New York Giants should evaluate drafts from the past decade to see where they have messed up to ensure they don't repeat mistakes.

    It's always fun to see what your team would look like if you made the perfect pick, so let's take a look.

    For the purposes of this slideshow, only players who would have been reasonable picks at the time of the draft will be included.  

    So while Anquan Boldin would have been a great pick for the New York Giants in the first round of the 2003 draft, it is not realistic to think that they would have selected him.

    Hindsight is 20/20 and I am not saying that Ernie Accorsi and Jerry Reese had bad drafts (they didn't), but it's always fun to see just how good your team could have been.

10. Laveranues Coles

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 29:  Laveranues Coles #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals lines up during the NFL game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    In the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft, the Giants wanted a wide receiver.  They chose Ron Dixon.  Dixon would have success returning kicks for the Giants and even had a runback in a Super Bowl appearance, but his production at WR never panned out.

    Laveranues Coles was the next wide receiver off the board just five picks later.  Although his career has tailed off recently, for most of his career he was consistently one of the better NFL receivers.

9. Shaun Phillips

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    SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Linebacker Shaun Phillips #95 of the San Diego Chargers exhorts the crowd during the game with the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 38-13.  (Photo by Steph
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    The 2004 Draft was an adventure for the Giants.  They got a future Super Bowl MVP, so can't complain too much.  But with the first pick in the fourth round, the Giants selected a defensive end: Reggie Torbor.  

    Torbor played linebacker for the Giants and was a pass rushing specialist.  The very next pick, Shaun Phillips, another college defensive end who transitioned to linebacker in the NFL, came off the board.  

    Phillips was a 2010 Pro Bowler and would make the Giants fearsome pass rush fiercer.

8. DeMeco Ryans

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17:  DeMeco Ryans #59 and Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans talk during a break in the play during  a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Reliant Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    The jury is still out on Mathias Kiwanuka, the last pick in the first round of the 2006 draft, as injuries have derailed much of his career.

    The first pick of the second round, DeMeco Ryans, is already one of the best linebackers in the NFL and won the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2006.

    The Giants are still in need of a dominant outside linebacker.  Ryans could have cemented the position.  Instead, the Giants chose another defensive end who rarely sees the field.

7. Brandon Lloyd

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos makes a reception for a first down against cornerback Donald Washington #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs and teammate cornerback Brandon Carr #39 in the first quarter at INVESCO Fie
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    Who is Rod Babers?  Currently he is a talk radio host in Austin, Texas.  Just eight years ago, he was the New York Giants fourth round draft choice.

    Normally it's not a big deal to miss out on a fourth round pick.  Teams do it every year—in fact, it's probably more rare to have a fourth round pick succeed than fail.  

    Yet just one pick after the Giants selected a nobody corner, the 49ers took Brandon Lloyd.  Lloyd has since become one of the most creative and efficient wide receivers in the NFL.  Babers is covering him on radio more than he ever covered a receiver on the field.

6. Clinton Portis

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03: Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 17-12.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Imag
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    Tim Carter was a high-receiver when the Giants picked him in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft.  Upside, unfortunately, only occasionally manifests itself.  With Tim Carter, injuries prevented him from using his speed and quickness to create a successful NFL career.

    Clinton Portis was picked just after Carter in the draft.  He found success early in his career, and regardless of whether it was because of Denver's running system, Portis became one of the NFL's best running backs.  

    Portis would have been more valuable to the Giants as a complement to Tiki Barber than Carter was, simply taking up a spot on IR.

5. Chad Clifton

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Chad Clifton #76 of the Green Bay Packers holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLV 31-25 against the at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The Giants should have picked Chad Clifton instead of Cornelius Griffin in the second round of the NFL Draft.

    Griffin played defensive tackle for the Giants for four seasons.  While he started, he was never a standout player.

    Clifton, on the other hand, has played left tackle for the Packers since halfway through his rookie season.  The offensive line is a big reason for the successes of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers over the past decade.

4. Shaun Rogers

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers is hit by defensive lineman Shaun Rogers #92 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
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    The Giants had an all around poor performance in the 2001 NFL Draft.  Not only did they trade up to take Will Allen, but they also traded the Detroit Lions their second round pick.

    The Lions selected Shaun Rogers, who turned into one of the NFL's best interior defensive linemen.

    Rogers recorded 81 tackles his rookie season and would have given Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora pass rushing help from the middle.

3. Nnamdi Asomugha

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra S
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    In the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, the Giants selected DT William Joseph at pick 25.  Six picks later, the Oakland Raiders selected CB Nnamdi Asomugha.

    Joseph turned out to be a bust for the Giants, never becoming the run-stopping force GM Ernie Accorsi anticipated.  Injuries and poor production prevented Joseph from coming into his own.

    Asomugha, on the other hand, is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.  In 2003, the Giants were still in the middle of the failed Will Allen/Will Petersen experiment.  

    A shutdown corner was exactly what they needed—and exactly what they passed up.

2. Shaun Alexander

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    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 12:  Running back Shaun Alexander #37 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional playoff game on January 12, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Sea
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    The 2000 draft was strong on running backs. Jamal Lewis and Thomas Jones were top-10 picks, and the Giants picked at 11.  There were two first round talents left on the board: Ron Dayne and Shaun Alexander.  

    The Giants selected Dayne, who was a serviceable No. 2 back for a few seasons as part of the "Thunder and Lightning" duo with Tiki Barber that helped the Giants make a Super Bowl.

    Shaun Alexander became a superstar and for a few seasons, he was the best running back in the NFL.  While Alexander became the better player, Tiki Barber may never have emerged as an All Pro running back if Alexander came to the Giants.

1. Reggie Wayne

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled as he makes a reception against Jason Taylor #99 and Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January
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    In 2001, the Giants selected CB Will Allen in the first round.  The team was drafting by need that season and overlooked a promising young wide receiver.

    While Amani Toomer and Ike Hilliard were both good NFL wide receivers, neither was great.  Eight picks later, the Colts chose Reggie Wayne.  To add insult to injury, the two teams actually traded picks: the Giants moved up to get Allen and the Colts moved down to get Wayne.

    Wayne has more than 1,000 receiving yards in seven straight seasons.  Allen may have allowed the receivers he has covered to put up similar numbers.