The 5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in New York Giants History

New York Giants: 5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Team History

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Every franchise in the NFL has whiffed on picks in the NFL Draft and has players to serve as the benchmark for failed draft picks. The New York Giants are no different, and although they've traditionally drafted pretty well, there are quite a few busts woven into their draft history. While there are a good number to choose from, given the Giants' long and storied history, the following are the biggest busts of all.

5. George Adams

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5. George Adams

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The Giants selected running back George Adams out of Kentucky with the 19th pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, but Adams never lived up to his first round billing. He never cracked 500 yards in a season and, after his first season with New York, he tallied 100 carries combined in his final four seasons with the Giants before spending two uninspiring seasons in New England.

4. Jarrod Bunch

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4. Jarrod Bunch

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The Giants haven't had great success with first round running backs, and Jarrod Bunch is just another cautionary tale. Bunch was selected 27th overall out of Michigan, but his weight ballooned and the Giants eventually turned him into more of a fullback who only carried the ball 138 times in three disappointing seasons for New York.

3. William Joseph

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3. William Joseph

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William Joseph was drafted by the Giants out of the University of Miami with the 25th overall pick in 2003, and he was supposed to be a disruptive presence on the defensive line. The only thing disruptive about Joseph, however, was his awful play. He started more than four games in a season only once in his four seasons with New York and was out of the league altogether a few years later.

2. Derek Brown

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2. Derek Brown

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The Giants drafted Derek Brown 14th overall out of Notre Dame to try to replace franchise great Mark Bavaro at tight end. Brown played three seasons for New York and caught an astounding 11 passes for 87 yards COMBINED. Brown bounced around to a few more teams after leaving New York but was never anything more than a backup tight end known for his blocking.

1. Cedric Jones

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1. Cedric Jones

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Coming off a terrible season in 1995, the Giants spent the 5th overall pick on Cedric Jones, a defensive end out of Oklahoma. Jones only spent five seasons in the NFL, all with the Giants, and although he actually tallied 7.5 sacks in his second to last season, he ended his NFL career with only 15 career sacks. That's less than current Giant Jason Pierre-Paul had in 2011 alone.


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