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New York Giants 2013 Draft Class: Early Favorite to Be Jerry Reese’s Best?

May 18th, 2013 at 11:00 AM
By Jen Polashock

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.


Tags: Aaron Ross, Ahmad Bradshaw, Chad Jones, David Wilson, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Jacquian Williams, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerry Reese, Markus Kuhn, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara

4 Responses to “New York Giants 2013 Draft Class: Early Favorite to Be Jerry Reese’s Best?”

  1.  GmenMania says:

    I’m convinced that the Cruz situation is about to come to a close. We have an empty roster spot now, and I doubt we sign Hightower or Woodson at this point.

    If Cruz were to sign right now, that would be right along the timeframe that my friend (the source close to Cruz) told me he would most likely sign in. I’d be surprised if a deal doesn’t get done real soon.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    I made a promise to speak little to none about #80. I have spoken none since my vow of silence. That streak will continue.

    As for the draft class for Reese;
    It appears that 2012 may well be the best to date. With 2010 having the best individual players JPP and (As Norm calls him) Landfill Joseph.

    There is a good chance that five of 2013′s kids become very good to excellent NFL players. But lets let them get into uniform before making judgments.
    My favorite is the big hybrid safety Cooper Taylor.

    I love all things linebacker and he is a tweener who may be more impactful than even (We want) Moore who I look for to play the Joker role and be a good linebacker as well as rush the passer standing or hand down hopefully both.
    If he masters both methods, he becomes a weapon for the defense. Let the QB guess what he’s going to do and where on the field he’s going to be.
    Good luck with that Giant opponents.

    All n all, each of JR’s drafts had at least two strong players. With 2008 having Phillips TT and Super Mario.

    •  Jen Polashock says:

      This kid Cooper SERIOUSLY intrigues me. I have begun to have MAD high hopes for him before he’s done anything in blue. Here’s to hoping I’m not setting myself up for a world of hurt (and massive let down)…lol.

  3.  GmenMania says:


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