"In Reese We Trust." If you are a New York Giants fan, it's a phrase that many fans have uttered in the six years that Jerry Reese has been the team's general manager.
During his six years, his worst season at the helm was 8-8 in 2009. But he has also seen two Super Bowl titles in 2007 and 2011. In 2013, Reese will be looking to win his third as the team's GM, which would definitely cement his spot as a top NFL executive.
One of the biggest reasons why Reese has such a great reputation is his knack for finding talent and drafting players to help the team. Ever since 2007, it's been one solid player after another, and on Thursday night, he will look to bring in the next wave of players to help the team.
With the 2013 NFL Draft kicking off in approximately 10 and a half hours, let us all look back at each of his draft classes and see how each of them helped the Giants.
2007 NFL Draft:
1st Round, No. 20: Aaron Ross, CB, Texas
2nd Round, No. 51: Steve Smith, WR, USC
3rd Round, No. 81: Jay Alford, DT, Penn State
4th Round, No. 116: Zak DeOssie, LB, Brown
5th Round, No. 153: Kevin Boss, TE, Western Oregon
6th Round, No. 189: Adam Koets, OG, Oregon State
7th Round, No. 224: Michael Johnson, FS, Arizona
7th Round, No. 250: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Marshall
Overall: Most of these players at one point or another were key contributors to the Giants upsetting the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Bradshaw was the latest one to depart from this draft class, as Ross and DeOssie are the only two who remain from Reese's original draft class, with Ross having been brought back this year.
2008 NFL Draft:
1st Round, No. 31: Kenny Phillips, SS, Miami
2nd Round, No. 63: Terrell Thomas, CB, USC
3rd Round, No. 95: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
4th Round, No. 123: Bryan Kehl, LB, Brigham Young
5th Round, No. 165: Jonathan Goff, LB, Vanderbilt
6th Round, No. 198: Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky
6th Round, No. 199: Robert Henderson, DE, Southern Miss.
Overall: The last two picks didn't even factor on the team, while Kehl and Goff were both disappointments who dealt with injuries. Phillips and Manningham were key components in Super Bowl XLVI; especially Manningham, who caught one of the most important passes in the fourth quarter. Only Thomas remains from this draft class, as he attempts to comeback from a third ACL surgery in his career.
2009 NFL Draft:
1st Round, No. 29: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
2nd Round, No. 45: Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
2nd Round, No. 60: Will Beatty, OT, Connecticut
3rd Round, No. 85: Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly
3rd Round, No. 100: Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
4th Round, No. 129: Andre Brown, RB, North Carolina State
5th Round, No. 151: Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State
6th Round, No. 200: DeAndre Wright, CB, New Mexico
7th Round, No. 238: Stoney Woodson, CB, South Carolina
Overall: Hakeem Nicks was the biggest pick of the draft to replace Plaxico Burress after the whole Manhattan nightclub incident. Nicks has become one of the league's premier wide receivers and was a major part of the Giants run to Super Bowl XLVI. Will Beatty has also developed into a solid starter at left tackle and was just rewarded with a five-year deal, as was Andre Brown, who signed a one-year tender for 2013.
2010 NFL Draft:
1st Round, No. 15: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
2nd Round, No. 46: Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina
3rd Round, No. 76: Chad Jones, SS, LSU
4th Round, No. 115: Phillip Dillard, LB, Nebraska
5th Round, No. 147: Mitch Petrus, OG, Arkansas
6th Round, No. 184: Adrian Tracy, DE, William & Mary
7th Round, No. 221: Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina
Overall: Remember when a lot of us Giants fans were enraged with Reese when he took JPP in the first round, especially since the team needed a middle linebacker? And remember when many of us fans put our feet in our mouths when we all saw just how much of a talent he was. It's why we all say "In Reese We Trust," because JPP has developed into one of the league's best defensive ends, who also helped guide the defense to the Super Bowl in 2011, as did Linval Joseph, who are both still key starters on the team.
2011 NFL Draft:
1st Round, No. 19: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
2nd Round, No. 52: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
3rd Round, No. 83: Jerrel Jernigan: WR, Troy
4th Round, No. 117: James Brewer, OT, Indiana
6th Round, No. 185: Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
6th Round, No. 198: Tyler Sash, FS, Iowa
6th Round, No. 202: Jacquian Williams, LB, South Florida
7th Round, No. 221: Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland
Overall: Prince Amukamara has taken a while to develop into the corner that the Giants were expecting with the first round pick, but towards the end of 2012, he became their best defender. After missing most of his rookie season, he was a part of the defensive unit that won Super Bowl XLVI. The jury is still out on Austin, Jernigan, Brewer and Scott who are all untested and unproven with the Giants.
2012 NFL Draft:
1st Round, No. 32: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
2nd Round, No. 64: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
3rd Round, No. 94: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
4th Round, No. 127: Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati
4th Round, No. 131: Brandon Mosley, OG, Auburn
6th Round, No. 201: Matt McCants, OT, UAB
7th Round, No. 239: Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State
Overall: Wilson will get the starting nod in 2013 as they have parted ways with Ahmad Bradshaw. He showed flashes of brilliance in 2012 as both a running back and kick returner. Randle replaced Mario Manningham who left via free agency and will look to take control of the number three receiver spot, which was vacated by Domenik Hixon. The others still have to prove themselves on the team.
Overall Thoughts on All Draft Classes: In each season, Reese found quality players that helped contribute over the six years. There were some players who didn't work out like Barden, Beckum and Dodge, but for the most part, Reese has drafted very well for the Giants through his first six seasons as the team's GM. Ultimately, the players taken that have contributed to Super Bowl's XLII and XLVI are the reason why Reese ranks near the top as an NFL executive.
And just like he has done in the past, in 2013, Reese will look to add more quality players to the Giants in his seventh draft.
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