Dave Brown was nowhere near the worst quarterback to ever play for the New York Giants. Technically, he wasn't even a No. 1 draft pick. He was a No. 1 pick in the 1992 Supplemental Draft and wound up costing the Giants a first-round pick in the regular 1993 draft.
Brown was a sometimes decent journeyman quarterback who spent six years with the Giants and four with the Arizona Cardinals. He started just 60 games in his 10-year career. He did, however, last 10 years in the league. So, why do I have him at No. 2 on my list of worst Giants' No. 1 draft picks since 1960?
It's pretty simple, really. Brown was a quarterback. When the Giants took him out of Duke they expected him to be their franchise guy for the next decade. I don't know why, but they did. They spent six years trying to make him that before giving up after 1997, then spent until 2004 when Eli Manning came along trying to find that franchise guy. So, basically, the Brown mistake cost the franchise 12 years. They played some good football during that time, sure. But not consistently good football. That can't happen when you screw up selecting a franchise quarterback, and it took the Giants a full 12 years to correct that mistake.
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