The New York Giants are a legendary franchise, whose competitive nature will never be forgotten. Though their success isn't so good right now, the team is always historically followed by fans of football. Led by Eli Manning, who is beloved by many Giants fans, and hated by others, the team has been one that has been closely watched.
Though they won the Super Bowl in 2007 and 2011, they have struggled recently. The addition of Odell Beckham a couple years back is huge for the franchise. Besides this draft pick, the Giants have made some irreversible draft mistakes. They have selected guys who were horrendous, or failed to suit up throughout their Giants careers. Many of these "careers" were short-lived. Their mistakes have cost them games, and whole seasons at a time. They cannot be undone, and the management will always feel regret, and also anger at themselves. Though the team might get better later, the fans will always remember these sad moments in which their team, and their city, failed them miserably. They failed the fans' aspirations of a good team early as well.
A bad draft pick cannot be identified early on in a player's career because they could still end up being productive. These draft selections are definite busts who never panned out, even while given the chance at a successful career. There are some exceptions to this list, who were not given the best chance at success in the league, but nevertheless, they were busts. They failed to be productive players, or were failed by their organization. It is usually both parties' faults. By that I mean the players, and the organization combined. These draft mistakes are ultimate failures by everyone involved. Its true.
This is The Sportster's version of the Top 15 Worst Draft Mistakes Of The New York Giants.
15 Dave Brown
14 Clint Sintim
13 Thomas Lewis
12 Tyrone Wheatley
11 William Joseph
He was an okay player his rookie year, but took a tumble soon after. He was lucky to be on the Giants Super Bowl team in 2007. He got injured often, and was placed on injured reserve in that 2007 season. Luckily for him, he still got his Super Bowl ring.
The first round pick in 2003 didn't live up to expectations, and retired in 2010. In 2012, he was charged with tax fraud and sent to prison for two years.
10 Luke Petitgout
9 Larry Jacobson
8 George Adams
The 19th overall selection in the 1985 NFL Draft was an absolute stud from Kentucky. He failed to remain productive in the pros. He had four seasons with the Giants, and was a non-factor. He never managed to have over 500 yards as a receiver, and fumbled the ball on occasion. His career went to Boston with the Patriots, but his performance there was no different from in New York. He was released in 1991.
7 Eldridge Small
Small was the 17th overall pick in 1972. Like Larry Jacobson, he never made a difference on the field, except negatively. He had but one interception in three years in Giants blue. He was not a good defender, and lost his receivers easily in coverage. The Giants screwed their fans this year, as Jacobson and Small both were total busts.
6 Jarrod Bunch
Bunch is the Giants running back noted for having 629 yards in three separate years. This is awful, and New York hated him. He had high hopes when he was picked 27th overall in 1991.
5 Ron Dayne
4 John Hicks
3 Derek Brown
2 Rocky Thompson
1 Cedric Jones
The fifth overall pick in 1996 was a total bust. Jones is one of the worst picks in NFL history, not just Giants history. The pass rusher had horrible vision, and had just 15 sacks in five seasons. He was awful, and what makes it worse was the legendary draft class he was a part of. He was selected ahead of Eddie George, Ray Lewis, and Marvin Harrison.
If the Giants had Ray Lewis, they would have been a bigger threat for longer amounts of time. New York fans still cry over this (I'm sure). Hell, I would. Can you imagine the Giants following up an era of Lawrence Taylor with an era of Ray Lewis.
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