Giants Have A History Of Finding Gems In Round Two Of DraftIn the new millennium, the Giants have done well with some of their first-round draft picks (Jeremy Shockey, Eli Manning (via a trade) and Hakeem Nicks), but the reality is they've gotten more production out of their second-round selections.
Many first-rounders have been either washouts or have yet to emerge. William Joseph never made an impact on the DL and is long gone. DE Mathias Kiwanuka is starting this season, but he's been slow to develop. CB Aaron Ross can't seem to stay on the field and S Kenny Phillips' future is uncertain.
This year's top pick, DE Jason Pierre-Paul has arrived to mixed reviews. Some experts say the sky's the limit, while others have panned the pick mercilessly.
Conversely, all of the Giants' second-round picks since 2003 are still here and are thriving. The list is a smattering of Pro Bowl-caliber players: DE Osi Umenyiora, G Chris Snee, CB Corey Webster, WR Sinorice Moss, WR Steve Smith, CB Terrell Thomas, LB Clint Sintim, OT William Beatty and DT Linval Joseph (above).
All of these players are either starters or key contributors. Moss is the exception. He has been injured more often than not and for several years now, he's been on the bubble during training camp. Somehow, he has always managed to survive. Domenik Hixon's injury almost assures he'll be back again this season
Osi, Snee and Smith have been Pro Bowlers. Terrell Thomas may be on his way. Webster, too.
Both Sintim and Beatty are regarded as having high-end potential by many talent experts around the league. After seeing limited duty in their freshmen campaigns, Sintim is now the starting SAM linebacker and Beatty is challenging for a starting spot on the offensive line.
Linval Joseph has conducted himself like a pro since he arrived at Rookie Mini-Camp. The Giants hope he will give them a solid presence in the middle of their defensive line. Thus far, he has given little reason to believe otherwise.
The second round is where GMs make their money and the Ernie Accorsi / Jerry Reese regime has made a killing the past eight years.
I always say the first round of the draft is the pomp and the second round is the circumstance. I like the circumstances the Giants have put themselves in the past few seasons.