The next player in our countdown of the top 10 New York Giants Draft Successes since the George Young era began in 1979 is Amani Toomer, the leading receiver in franchise history. Drafted in the second round in 1996, 34th overall, the elegant Amani finished his career with franchise records for receptions (668) and receiving yards (9,497).
Toomer should also provide a good lesson for all of us as the draft approaches, and as many of you have already written off players like Will Beatty and Clint Sintim -- high draft picks who have not found immediate full-time success.
Toomer caught one pass as a rookie, 16 in his second year and only 27 in his third season. It was not until his fourth year in the league that he blossomed, catching 79 balls. From his fourth year on, he caught at least 60 passes in six of the next seven seasons.
The lesson? Let's not be so fast to judge. Let's see some of these guys get full-time opportunities before we write them off.
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