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Second round has been good to the Giants

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When it comes to the NFL Draft it seems that all anyone pays attention to leading up to the big event is who his or her favorite team will select in the first round.

In reality, of course, there is a lot more to a successful or failed draft than whatever player your team selects in the first round.

We discussed first-round flops selected by our New York Giants on Monday. Today, let's look at some of the best second-round selections the team has made since 1970. As we go through it, you'll see that it's a who's who of some of the greatest players in modern Giants history.

Here's the list.

  • Brad Van Pelt (1973)
  • Joe Morris (1982)
  • Leonard Marshall (1983)
  • Jumbo Elliott (1988)
  • Michael Strahan (1993)
  • Amani Toomer (1996)
  • Tiki Barber (1997)
  • Osi Umenyiora (2003)
  • Chris Snee (2004)

There were several other quality players taken in the second round. What I call the second tier of players taken in that round would include these names:

Earnest Gray, Mark Collins, Phillippi Sparks, Corey Webster, Steve Smith.

So you can see that there are still plenty of future stars on the board once the first round is over. Finding them is a key to success.

[UPDATE: So, the second round has been better to the Giants than I even thought, initially. I missed a couple of players when I put this together. Pepper Johnson (1986) and Jason Sehorn (1994) should also have been included, at least in the second tier.]