By Daniel Brennan on April 20, 2014
Although the New York Giants have been one of the NFL's busiest teams in free agency, they still have multiple problems that need to be addressed. The Giants will need a strong draft to help resolve some of their potential problem areas and it looks like they may use their first-round pick to pick up another weapon for Eli Manning. The Giants have had mixed success in recent drafts. Here is a look at New York's last five first-round draft picks.
The Giants drafted wide receiver Hakeem Nicks out of North Carolina with the 29th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Nicks was an immediate impact player for New York, recording two 1,000-yard seasons in his first three years. Nicks also went on a tear in the 2011 playoffs, leading the Giants to their second Super Bowl victory in five years. However, Nicks recently signed with the Colts after a couple years of injuries and inconsistent play.
In 2010, New York drafted Jason Pierre-Paul 15th overall out of South Florida. Pierre-Paul burst onto the scene, compiling 21 sacks in his first two years, including a 16.5-sack season in his second year. He was another big part of New York's Super Bowl run in 2011. However, injuries and double teams have slowed Pierre-Paul in recent years. In the last two seasons, Pierre-Paul has recorded only 8.5 sacks.
The Giants took Nebraska's Prince Amukamara with the 19th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Amukamara had a shaky rookie season with New York and was constantly picked on by opposing quarterbacks. However, Amukamara has improved each and every year and is now a very good No. 2 corner for the G-Men. With Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the secondary, the Giants should be in very good shape.
New York scooped up David Wilson out of Virginia Tech with the 32nd overall pick in 2012. Wilson transformed the special teams return unit in his rookie season, giving the Giants a serious boost. However, Wilson struggled early in 2013, fumbling twice in the season opener and then finding himself on the bench. In Week 5, Wilson suffered a season-ending neck injury and his status for the start of 2014 may now be in question.
Justin Pugh, New York's first-round pick put of Syracuse in the 2013 NFL Draft, was the team's only bright spot along the offensive line this past season. Pugh started all 16 games and could become a staple along the line for years to come. The Giants drafted Pugh 19th overall and, although its early, it seems to be a pick that was well worth it.
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