Top 15 Worst Draft Mistakes Of The New York Giants

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.

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15 Dave Brown

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Dave Brown was a standout prospect at Duke University. Sadly, his career didn't work out in the NFL. In the 1992 supplementary draft, he was a first round pick. He launched interceptions constantly, and was unproductive. He failed to win a playoff game, and many games in general. He's constantly remembered as one of the biggest busts to ever suit up in big blue. Perhaps him being forced into action before he was ready played a part in his career going the way it did.

14 Clint Sintim

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Sintim was a solid player at Virginia. He was picked in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He failed his physical, and couldn't stay healthy. He also tore his ACL within a short amount of time. He retired in 2013, and just like that, his NFL career was done after just four seasons. Sintim had a total of just 33 tackles in his career. Some names the Giants missed out on include Connor Barwin, or if you really want to get crazy, imagine if they had taken LeSean McCoy before the Eagles could?

13 Thomas Lewis

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When you're picking late in the first round, it gets harder to find elite talent. The Giants were picking 24th back in 1994 and took Thomas Lewis out of Indiana. His career was very short and uneventful, playing four years with the Giants and one with the Bears before retiring. If the Giants were set on a wideout in 1994, perhaps they should have taken a longer look at Isaac Bruce, who went nine picks later to the Los Angeles Rams.

12 Tyrone Wheatley

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Tyrone Wheatley wasn't a terrible NFL player, but he never really lived up to the hopes of the Giants. After a decorated career with the Michigan Wolverines, Wheatley spent four years with the Giants, where he failed to crack the 1,000 yard mark. In fact his highest total in four seasons was just over 500. Derrick Brooks was still available for New York, but if their heart was set on running back, there was a fellow by the name of Curtis Martin, who went in the third round. Martin made his NFL living in New York, but not with the Giants, as it could have been.

11 William Joseph

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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.

Luckily the Giants redeemed their 2003 draft by taking Osi Umenyiora in the second round.

10 Luke Petitgout

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Petitgout was recently sentenced to prison for harassing his ex-wife. Before this madness, he was doing basically nothing on the football field. He was the 19th overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, but was horrid. He was a player that had trouble staying healthy, and was put on injured reserve in 2006. Petitgout broke his leg in 2006, and was released in 2007. He played a little on the Bucs, but was let go soon after being picked up. Overall, he was a bust and never maintained his composure in the NFL.

9 Larry Jacobson

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The 24th overall pick in 1972 was a non-factor in the NFL. He was a beast in college, and the city of New York was hopeful that he would be a good pro player. Injuries plagued him, and he retired within three years of entering the league. He is now a motivational speaker. Jacobson possibly could have been a threat for the Giants, but he never stayed healthy. There were future Pro Bowlers all over this draft, even in late rounds, but this one was a miss.

8 George Adams

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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.

His son plays college football at LSU and could be better than his dad ever was one day.

7 Eldridge Small

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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.

His career ended in New York, and no other team was interested in him afterwords. Tommy Casanova was the next DB taken, going to Cincinnati and the Pro Bowler would have been a much better option.

6 Jarrod Bunch

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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.

He got injured in 1993, and it ruined his career. His knee was never the same, and his blocking was poor. He could never run the way he could in college, and he took a lot of hate from NYG fans. Bunch would play for the Raiders in 1994, then retired. He was not an awful player before the injury, and was a little productive. But afterwords, everything was different. Like Drake's album, "Nothing Was The Same."

5 Ron Dayne

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The 2000 NFL Draft was not awful but Ron Dayne was. He should not have been picked at 11, and the Giants choked miserably. He was a slow man, who was not the same person as when he won the Heisman. Dayne was picked instead of the legendary Shaun Alexander who had a great career in Seattle. Dayne gained weight during his career, and ate his way right to the bench. There were 14 Pro Bowlers taken in 2000's first round and the Giants failed to nab one.

4 John Hicks

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The third overall pick in 1974 was a horrid lineman. Injuries screwed up his career, and though he was supposed to be a beast, nothing worked out as planned. Though he was the offensive rookie of the year his first season, afterwords he was a dud. He went to the Steelers, and never played. He became a non-factor and an after-thought in the NFL. Hicks never panned out, and had one good season. It's unlikely we'll ever see a guard taken third overall again.

3 Derek Brown

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The Giants made a big mistake reaching for Derek Brown with the 14th pick in 1992. The Notre Dame beast tight end was nothing like he was in college. He had only 11 receptions in three years in New York. The Giants made a horrible move, and should not have taken a tight end so high up in the draft. Fans will never forget this blunder by their coaches, and staff. There were no eventual Hall of Famers from this draft year, but there were a lot of solid players available. Brown was not one of them.

2 Rocky Thompson

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In the 1971 NFL Draft, Thompson was the 18th overall pick. He wasn't a good football player, he was only fast. His speed was the only thing that made him attractive to the Giants. He rushed for just 217 yards in three seasons. His speed wasn't enough, and he got knocked to the ground most games. He could not block, and would be dominated to the turf on every occasion. His worst moments included his ball security issues, as he would fumble eight times on 68 career carries.

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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