New York Giants' Draft Busts: No. 8 ... Ron Dayne

Ron Dayne. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Yes, No. 8 on our list of the worst New York Giants' No. 1 picks since 1960 takes us into relatively recent territory. What were supposed to be the days of 'Thunder & Lightning' when the Giants drafted Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne in 2000 to team up with Tiki Barber.

Only Dayne, the 5-foot-10, 250-pound part who was supposed to be 'Thunder,' turned out to be more like Mr. Softee. Or maybe Tiny Tim, tip-toeing his way to the line of scrimmage for five mostly unsatisfying seasons with the Giants. Coach Jim Fassel went from having Dayne carry the ball 228 times as a rookie to refusing to even activate the 11th pick in the 2000 draft for a single game in 2003.

Who The Giants Could Have Had

Shaun Ellis (12th, DE, NY Jets)
John Abraham (13th, LB, Jets)
Chad Pennington (18th, QB, Jets)
Shaun Alexander (19th, RB, Alabama) ... This one really hurts. Alexander was a three-time Pro Bowler who gained more than 9,000 yards in his career.
Keith Bulluck (30th, LB, Tennessee) -- Wouldn't Bulluck -- the pre-injury Bulluck -- have looked nice as a strong-side linebacker for the Giants for the last decade?

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