We know; it’s very much like putting that bandwagon before the horse. Call it a gut feeling that a few Big Blue Faithful are having since, well, since post-draft. Time (and actual play/play time) will tell.
Deciding which New York Football Giants draft class is the best is hard. It’s also an ongoing topic of discussion and some contain valid points of debate for players that have affected the team in vital ways. For all intents and purposes, this platform is only about the Jerry Reese (as general manager) years. Memories of the miracle-filled 2007 NFL Season cloud the visions for some fans and for solid reason — that World Championship is inexplicable to so many of us that have been through the decades of Giants ups and heartbreaking downs. There is more to these players than what they contributed that particular year and even beyond. Sure, they had a hand in what transpired (a Lombardi) season, but are they Giants for life? If not, where are they now?
Let’s look at that ’07 class: cornerback Aaron Ross (just came back to Big Blue for a one-year deal), wideout Steve Smith (on his 4th team with the Buccaneers), defensive tackle Jay Alford (UFL/CFL now), linebacker/long-snapper Zak DeOssie, tight end Kevin Boss (FA), offensive tackle Adam Koets (FA), safety Michael Johnson (FA), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (FA).
2008 brought in: safety Kenny Phillips, defensive back Terrell Thomas, wide receiver Mario Manningham, linebacker Bryan Kehl (on his 4th NFL team again with the Redskins), linebacker Jonathan Goff (FA after tearing his ACL twice), quarterback Andre’ Woodson (now the wide receivers coach at Morehead State University), and defensive end Robert Henderson (plays in the Arena League).
2009: wider receiver Hakeem Nicks, linebacker Clint Sintim (recently announced his retirement from the NFL), offensive lineman William Beatty, wide receiver Ramses Barden (FA), tight end Travis Beckum (FA), tailback Andre Brown, quarterback Rhett Bomar (FA), defensive backs DeAndre Wright (IFL), and Stoney Woodson (IFL then Arena).
2010: defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, defensive back Chad Jones (waived/injured/announced he will attempt baseball and no longer look to make football comeback), linebacker Phillip Dillard UFL and back to NFL, now with the Chargers), offensive guard Mitch Petrus (with Titans), defensive end Adrian Tracy, and punter Matt Dodge (could not be found—just kidding, he’s a FA).
2011: corner Prince Amukamara, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, wideout Jerrel Jernigan, offensive lineman James Brewer, linebacker Greg Jones (on his 3rd team with the Titans), safety Tyler Sash, linebacker Jacquian Williams, and running back Da’Rel Scott.
2012: running back David Wilson, wide receiver Reuben Randle, defensive back Jayron Hosley, tight end Adrien Robinson, offensive lineman Brandon Mosley, offensive lineman Matt McCants, and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn.
There is much to be seen this upcoming 2013 NFL Season from Reese’s April picks. There’s much to be said about gut feelings too. Opinions, stats, favoritism, and even a bit of stubbornness come into assessment of these seven draft classes. Let the debates commence.
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