Ramses Barden (13) of the New York Giants comes up short against the defense of Phillip Adams #26 of the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the second half on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
We have discussed the various drafts of Jerry Reese's tenure as New York Giants general manager many times. I believe the general consensus at this point is that the 2009 draft ranks as the worst of Reese's time with the Giants.
CBS Sports is currently re-grading the 2009 drafts of every NFL team. Here is how Dana Brugler of CBS views the Giants' drop crop from that year:
1 (29) WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina; 2 (45) LB Clint Sintim, Virginia; 2 (60) OT William Beatty, Connecticut; 3 (85) WR Ramses Barden, Cal Poly; 3 (100) TE Travis Beckum, Wisconsin; 4 (129) RB Andre Brown, NC State; 5 (151) QB Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State; 6 (200) CB DeAndre Wright, New Mexico; 7 (238) CB Stoney Woodson, South Carolina
THE GOOD: Although four receivers were drafted before him, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been one of the top producers at his position from this draft class with 202 career catches for 3,034 receiving yards and 24 scores
THE BAD: After a record-breaking collegiate career, wide receiver Ramses Barden was a third round pick, but has produced only 15 career catches and zero starts as a three-year pro and is in jeopardy of losing his roster spot
JURY STILL OUT: Offensive tackle Will Beatty has had a roller coaster career thus far, missing the final 10 games of the Giants Super Bowl run because of a detached retina, but is expected to return healthy in 2012
I have only a couple of quibbles with this assessment. I think you have to put Clint Sintim in the 'bad' category. After all, Sintim has more knee injuries (two) than career sacks (one) and has to be right there with Barden as a guy who is anything but certain of being a part of the Giants' 2012 53-man roster.Probably Travis Beckum, too. I am also not sure I agree about Beatty. I think he is a good player and I don't worry about left tackle when he is on the field. Certainly, though, since he has not done the job for a full season I see the argument for saying the jury is still out on him.