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Looking at the Giants draft picks the last 5 years

Jerry Reese has had 5 drafts for the Giants. He took over the Giants General Manager (GM) position January 16th, 2007. Reese is now responsible for most of the Giants roster.  I count 8 players left on the roster from 2006, which would be the last season Ernie Accorsi would be responsible put the roster together.  These are the holdovers from the EA era. 

OG David Diehl

RB Brandon Jacobs

DE/LB Matthias Kiwinuka

QB Eli Manning

OT Kareem McKenzie

OG Chris Snee

DE Justin Tuck

DE Osi Umenyiora

Every one of those players is either a starter or in the case of Jacobs in a significant role on the team.  Mostly I just wanted to show these players to show how big the turnover on the Giants has been.  Reese has changed the team a lot which is not a surprise in the NFL these days. 

Reese wants to build through the draft from what I can tell.  The Giants don't make flashy free agent signings, in fact most of their FA signings can be seen as sort of bargin basement. 

I know that I have been unsatisfied with some of Reese's drafting.  He seems to be intent on taking the "best player available (BPA)" all the time rather then drafting at positions the Giants need.  So just how successful has this strategy been?  Also has he really neglected certain positions in the draft by just drafting the BPA?

I will look at each draft over the last 5 years to see how the players have turned out, and at the end see how many players were drafted at each position.  I want to know how much impact the Reese drafties are having on the Giants right now.

Bolded player names are those that are still with the team.

2007

 

1st round

Aaron Ross (CB) - Has started 31 of the 54 games in which he has played as a Giant.  He has 9 interceptions (INTs) in his career.  He is somewhat limited, but is a good #3 CB, and a solid spot starter. 

2nd round

Steve Smith (WR) - Started 26 of the 46 games he played for the Giants.  He started slow, but had 107 catches with 7 TDs in this 3rd season.  He suffered a season ending injury in his 4th season before becoming a FA and moving to the Eagles.

3rd round

Jay Alford (DT) - Started 3 of the 32 games he played for the Giants.  He only spent 2 seasons with the Giants and is out of football right now.

4th Round

Zak DeOssie (LB) - Has not started any games, but has played in 69 games as a special teamer and long snapper.  Went the 2008 and 2009 pro bowl as a special teams player.

5th Round

Kevin Boss (TE) - Started 45 of 58 games in the 4 years he played for the Giants.  Had 119 catches and scored 18 TDs as a Giant.

6th Round

Adam Koets (OT) - Started 4 of 11 games played.  Has not made much of an impact.

7th Round

Michael Johnson (S) - Started 35 of 49 games in 4 years with the Giants.  He had 3 INTs. 

7th Round

Ahmad Bradshaw (RB) - Has started 17 of 63 games played.  Has 601 carries for 2844 yards, 92 receptions for 721 yards and 21 total TDs.  Has had problems with fumbles in the past, but is a dynamic runner.

2008

1st Round

Kenny Philips (S) - Has started 25 of 39 games played.  Has 5 INTs.

2nd Round

Terrell Thomas (CB) - Started 34 of 44 games played.  Suffered a season ending injury this year, but was possibly the Giants best CB before getting hurt.  Started each of the last 2 season with 5 INTs each season, has a total of 11 career INTs.

3rd Round

Marrio Manningham (WR) - started 22 of 42 games played.  134 receptions for 1963 yards with 14 TDs.  Has the potential to make big plays, but also seems to have a lot of mental lapses. 

4th Round

Bryan Kehl (LB) - started 3 of 31 games played for the Giants.  Had little to no impact.

5th Round

Jonathan Goff (LB) - started 20 of 37 games for the Giants.  Started all 16 games in 2010, and seemed to be developing into a good MLB before being injuried this year.

6th Round

Andre Woodson (QB) - never played for any team

6th Round

Robert Henderson (DE) - never played for any team

2009

1st Round

Hakeem Nicks (WR) - started 23 of 32 games played for the Giants.  Has 154 receptions for 2254 yards with 20 TDs.  He is the Giants best WR, and seems to be developing into one of the best in the NFL.

2nd Round

Clint Sintim (LB) - started 1 of 24 games played with 1 sack.  He was drafted out of position, and has been unable to make room in the rotation for himself.  Suffered a season ending injury this year.

2nd Round

William Beatty (OT) - started 11 of 29 games played.  He has taken over the starting left tackle position this season.  Has done a good job so far with the position.

3rd Round

Ramses Barden (WR) - played 9 games with no starts.  Has 6 receptions for 80 yards.  Has had a lot of injury problems so he has not had many chances to play.

3rd Round

Travis Beckum (TE) - started 4 of 34 games played.  Brought in to be a receiving TE, but has only 22 catches so far.  Has seemed to be a better blocker then expected so far this season.

4th Round

Andre Brown (RB) - never played for any team

5th Round

Rhett Bomar (QB) - never played for any team

6th Round

De Andre Wright (DB) - never played for any team

7th Round

Stoney Woodson (DB) - never played for any team

2010

1st Round

Jason Pierre-Paul (DE) - Started 5 of 21 games played.  Has 11.5 sacks including 7 already this season.

2nd Round

Linval Joseph (DT) - Started 5 of 11 games played.  Does not have great stats yet, but he has been in the DL rotation.

3rd Round

Chad Jones (s) - suffered an injury outside of football and has not played yet.  It is unknown if he will play again, but that is not on Reese.

4th Round

Phillip Dillard (LB) - played in 7 games last season. 

5th Round

Mitch Petrus (OG) - Has not played yet, but it seems his time is coming.

6th Round

Adrian Tracey (DE) - did not play for the Giants

7th Round

Matt Dodge (P) - was the Giants punter in 2010, but some bad punts and inconsitency caused the Giants to go another route.

2011

1st Round

Prince Amukamara (CB) - injured

2nd Round

Marvin Austin (DT) - injured reserve

3rd Round

Jerrel Jernigan (WR) - has not played yet

4th Round

James Brewer (OL) - has not played yet

6th Round

Greg Jones (LB) - Started 5 of 5 games due to the injury to Goff.  Has shown flashes being a good players.

6th Round

Tyler Sash (S) - has played 5 games, has not had enough opportunities to show much about himself

6th Round

Jacquian Williams (LB) - Has played in 5 games with 22 tackles.  He has shown flashes of being a very good player.

7th Round

Da'Rel Scott (RB) - has played in 1 game, but the Giants are deep at RB so there will not be many chances for him yet.

Reese has had 39 total picks with the Giants.  There are a total of 24 picks still with the team in some way (not counting Chad Jones).  That means 61.5% of his picks are still with the Giants.

Now a breakdown of the positions by percentage (some numbers rounded so might not equal complete 100% punter not included because who cares):

QB

RB

OL

WR

TE

DL

LB

CB

S

DB

5%

8%

10%

13%

5%

15%

18%

8%

10%

5%

There is a perception that Reese has not drafted enough LBs, yet that is the position with the most players drafted.  DL, not suprisingly was the 2nd highest. 

The first 3 rounds are the ones were a team is supposed to get the true impact players.  The Giants have drafted a lot of the same positions.

1st Round - CB, S, WR, DE, CB

2nd Round - WR, CB,OT,  LB, DT, DT

3rd Round - DT, WR, WR, TE, S, WR

QB

RB

WR

TE

OL

DL

LB

CB

S

0

0

29%

6%

6%

24%

6%

18%

12%

The Giants under Reese have drafted a lot of WRs, DL, and DB.  Inspite of LBs being the highest number of players drafter overall, in the first 3 rounds only 1 has been drafted. 

I don't know what all the point to this is.  I just was interested in what positions the Giants have drafted.  Reese has been here for quite some time now.  He has to start providing impact players for the Giants.  Maybe the BPA thing isn't always the best because it seems to get the Giants a lot of the same positions.  Maybe there needs to be some reaching down the list a few spots to fill positions of need.  I am not talking about drafting a center with the 5th overall pick or something, but why not draft an LB or OL in the 2nd round if they are almost the BPA.

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