With the NFL draft still, painfully, more than three weeks away, we'll spend each day this week reviewing one of the New York Giants' last five drafts. Working from back to front, we'll start five years ago. The 2009 draft followed a 12-4 season that ended with Plaxico Burress' self-inflicted gunshot wound and a disappointing divisional-round playoff exit that robbed the Giants of a chance to win consecutive Super Bowls. Burress was headed off to jail, and they needed a wide receiver.
1st round (29th overall): Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
2nd round (45): Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
2nd round (60): Will Beatty, OT, Connecticut
3rd round (85): Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly-SLO
3rd round (100): Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
4th round (129): Andre Brown, RB, NC State
5th round (151): Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State
6th round (200): DeAndre Wright, CB, New Mexico
7th round (238): Stoney Woodson, CB, South Carolina
Still with the Giants: Beatty
Still in NFL: Nicks (Colts), Barden (Bills), Beckum (Seahawks), Brown (Texans)
Games played for Giants
Review: Nicks was a top receiver in the NFL for significant portions of the early part of his career, and a huge contributor to the Super Bowl title the Giants won following the 2011 season. He is no longer on the team because he flopped in his 2013 contract year and upset the team with his cavalier attitude about his poor play. The Giants made no attempt to sign him in free agency. The only other player from this draft who played for the Giants during the 2011-12 postseason was Beckum. (Beatty and Barden were injured, the others no longer on the team.) Beckum was a contributor as a special teamer and a blocking tight end, but little more. Beatty is signed for four more years as the franchise left tackle because he was a free agent after a strong 2012 season. Sintim was a complete flop of a relatively high pick. Brown's contribution came late in his Giants tenure and was marred by injury, and the Giants replaced him in free agency this year with Rashad Jennings. Obviously, there were no late-round diamonds in the rough uncovered by Jerry Reese & Co. in 2009. All in all, the impact of this draft comes down to the high-level production Nicks delivered in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, plus the one strong year Beatty has had so far in 2012. Other than Nicks, this draft had almost nothing to do with the Super Bowl title, and its long-term impact now rests completely on the ability of Beatty to play much better than he did in 2013.