More specifically, JR's love of 5 star recruits 'revisited'. Revisited because I am not the first one to notice this. However, what started as a hunch quickly became legend and then as verified fact. So in honor of NCAA Football Signing Day just passing by, I decided to bring up this topic again.
When picking players in the Draft or in FA, there is no stone JR leaves un-turned. By the time college players (specifically 5 star recruits) start becoming household names, you can be pretty sure the Giants scouting department already has 2-3 years of notes on them. Dont believe me?? I got yo proof!
As per every site that stated it, JR became director of Pro Personnel 4 years before he became GM. So I am guessing they meant 2003. So when this hunch first came about people naturally started looking at 2003. So lets look at 2003 together.
Here are Rivals top 20 High School Recruits (I should have done all 5 star, instead of top 20 but I already did all the cutting and pasting and I didn't really want to do anymore) ((regardless, top 20 still gets the point across))
There are, to my knowledge, no Giants on this list. I was once told that when you start a new job, it takes 2 years to get a grasp of what you are doing. So, ideally, if what I am saying to be true, 2004 would be a slow roll and 2005 would be going in full force. So lets look at those.
See, that is Five Giants right there. Bomar, Rivers, TBU, Phillips and Perrilloux. Granted TBU wasnt a giant for very long but it goes to show what JR meant when he said TBU is our highest rated FA.
Disclaimer - I posted all names just because its interesting as heck to see the before and after.
This now brings us to our next stop.
5 players make the Giants; Bradford, Austin, Jones, Hill and RR. a 6th one (Wells) gets a shot to show off but ultimately cannot make the team. One thing to notice, unless cut from team, 2007 players at earliest would be just finishing their 4 year rookie contracts. So when looking for FA, don't be surprised if players from 2006 or 2007 start filling our needs in FA.
Which brings us too this years draft, here are the top 20 for last year and this year.
Something interesting to note, none of these players are 1st rounders. The closest I think anyone can point to is RR and he was beaten out by DW. So looking at these players, I see a bunch of names sticking out like sore thumbs for our picks as early as the 2nd round.
Easley, Jeffcoat, Joyner, Cyrus, Clinton-Dix, Watkins, Crisp, Wilder JR might already be Giants.. They just dont know it yet.