Jon Beason to Giants, six years late

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jon Beason's partnership with the Giants is six years later than expected for the linebacker.

Entering the 2007 NFL draft, Beason, a standout linebacker at Miami, thought the linebacker-needy Giants were going to take him with their first-round pick. Instead, they chose Texas cornerback Aaron Ross with the 19th pick, and Beason fell to 25th, where the Panthers chose him to anchor their defense.

"[The Giants] were one of the teams that brought me in and I knew they were high on me and I thought they were going to take me, but you know the draft," Beason told Giants.com on Friday.

Six years later, Beason is now with the Giants after they acquired him from the Panthers on Friday. Coincidentally, the Giants still have Ross on the roster, giving them both players from that 2007 draft.

While Ross has won two Super Bowls with the Giants, Beason has been the better individual player throughout their careers thus far. He was one of the best young linebackers in the league before injuries set him back, and he has been chosen to the Pro Bowl three times. Ross has never been selected.

The Giants certainly have no regrets over their 2007 draft class as their rookies played huge roles in the team's eventual Super Bowl win over the Patriots. Ross, Ahmad Bradshaw, Kevin Boss and other rookies served key roles in the upset. Ross and Bradshaw were both on the team four years later when the Giants would defeat the Patriots for their second title in five years.