With the NFL draft still a relatively painful three weeks and one day away, we're taking a look this week at the New York Giants' last five drafts to see how much they've helped. Today we look at the 2011 draft, which saw the Giants pick a defensive back in the first round and then kind of flail around a bit.
First round (19th overall): Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Second round (52): Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
Third round (83): Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
Fourth round (117): James Brewer, OT, Indiana
Sixth round (185): Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
Sixth round (198): Tyler Sash, S, Iowa
Sixth round (202): Jacquian Williams, LB, South Florida
Seventh round (221): Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland
Still with Giants: Amukamara, Jernigan, Brewer, Williams
Still in NFL: Austin (Cowboys), Jones (Titans),
Games played with Giants
Review: The Giants have already received more in terms of playing time and production from the second half of their 2011 draft class than they did from their 2009 and 2010 draft classes. Williams was a strong performer during the 2011 playoff run, especially in the NFC Championship Game victory in San Francisco, and could end up being a starter at linebacker this year with a good camp. Jernigan showed something as a Victor Cruz replacement in the final weeks of 2013. And Amukamara is a legitimate starting NFL cornerback. But all of that said, Austin was a swing-and-a-miss in the second round as an injury guy they hoped would work out. Brewer hasn't turned into anything in spite of repeated opportunities. And Jones, Sash and Scott were bit players at best at their peaks. Again, as we've discussed all week, you don't assume you're getting anything in those fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. But if you go three or four years without hitting on anything at all in those rounds, your roster gets thin in a hurry. If you've been following this series all week, you've seen that the Giants haven't turned up many helpers in the late rounds in the last half-decade. This draft was about Amukamara, a guy who fell to No. 19 in spite of pre-draft projections that had him in the top 10, and not much else.