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New York Giants' Top 10 Draft Successes: No. 8 ... Pepper Johnson

Linebacker Pepper Johnson was chosen in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft, 51st overall. He spent seven seasons manning one of the inside slots in the Giants 3-4 defense, and three times had more than 100 tackles. He was named All Pro once as a Giant.

I have to tell the truth here. I originally considered Carl Banks, drafted No. 3 in 1984, for this spot. Compare the careers of the two players, though, and what you find is that Johnson put up far superior numbers. He twice had 115 tackles as a Giant, while Banks' best was 113. Johnson forced nine fumbles in his seven seasons with New York, while Banks had no forced fumbles as a Giant. Johnson had 10 interceptions as a Giant to just three for Banks. Banks did have more sacks (36 in ine seasons to Johnson's 19 in seven).

All in all, I find it pretty much of a no-brainer to say the selection of Johnson -- taken 48 picks later than Banks -- was a bigger success. By the way, this does mean Banks won't be appearing on the list -- in case you hadn't figured that out.

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