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New York Giants Draft History

The Giants use the NFL Draft much like many other teams - as an instrument to amass young talent to develop over time. The learning curves for many of their recent draftees has not been as exact and consistent as they may have anticipated.

Since 2007, when all eight draft picks were on the team's roster during Super Bowl XLII, the draft classes have been littered with projects that haven't panned out and players that were simply poor selections.

Last year, the Giants began looking at filling possible needs in the draft and at players could help them right out of the gate. First round pick RT Justin Pugh started every game, the first rookie to so since Lawrence Taylor in 1981. Second rounder DT Jon Hankins, who played sparingly, would have been utilized more had the defensive line been shorthanded or struggling, which they weren't.

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In a recent article from NFL writer of record, Peter King, the Jacksonville Jaguars have only four current starters to show from their 2009-2012 drafts:

Of the 26 players he (GM Gene Smith) selected in his four drafts, only three figure to be Jaguars starters (not including punter Bryan Anger) when the team comes off the bye Sunday at Tennessee.
The Jags are 0-8 and may not win a ballgame this season. If he is using that as a barometer for how good and bad teams are, you can look at the Giants' 2-6 record and find it justifiable.

The last four drafts have only yielded six current starters for the Giants. Three on offense (WR Hakeem Nicks, OT Will Beatty and OL Justin Pugh) and three on defense (CB Prince Amukamara, DT Linval Joseph and DE Jason Pierre-Paul).

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DT Troy Archer was the Giants' top pick in 1976. He was killed in an auto accident in New Jersey during training camp in 1979.

Welcome back for our second chapter in Giants Draft History. We pick up in 1976, the inaugural year of Giants Stadium. The team finally had a home after three seasons of bouncing around. The new surroundings were strange ones. A 'state-of-the-art' concrete, utilitarian facility in the middle of the weeds off Route 3 in East Rutherford, NJ.

Initially, Giant fans didn't know what to make of it. Only 10.4 miles from Manhattan, it seemed like North Dakota for many of the faithful used to attending games within the confines of NYC. There was no other way to get to the new stadium except to drive or take a bus from Port Authority. When you got to the stadium, there was nothing to be found in terms of bars or restaurants and very little variety once you got inside. You were there to see the game. period.

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It's draft season and we thought we'd rehash some of the fond memories from my 47 years as a fan of the New York Football Giants. Every other day, from now until the draft, we will cover the Giants' draft history from 1970 to today. Hope you enjoy and please comment with your memories and perceptions as well.

The Giants' media guys describe the 1970's as such: The Giants in the 1970s could best be described as a team in transition. The team called four different stadiums home, played in three different states, and did not play in one postseason game. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Giants, so strong in the NFL?s forma- tive years, gave way to new powers like Dallas, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

Perfect. Not too specific, kindly saving us the pain of having to re-live that period. The beginning of the decade was spotted with a few winning seasons, but as the decade went on, the Giants became a hopeless mess that prompted NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to intervene in 1979.

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