Giants need more luck in the draft
The New York Giants’ recent draft record isn’t great, but they have hit on some gems over the past decade like Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Tomlinson, Sterling Shepard, Landon Collins and others.
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report posted an article detailing the best draft pick for every NFL team over the past decade. When it comes to the Giants, he chose Beckham as their best draft pick.
The New York Giants’ recent draft history isn’t stellar. The jury is still out on quarterback Daniel Jones, and while Saquon Barkley could become an all-time great, his career has been up and down.
Barkley amassed 2,028 scrimmage yards as a rookie, 1,003 rushing yards in 2019 and missed all but two games with a torn ACL last season.
New York’s selection of wideout Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014 was a great one, though. The Giants picked the former LSU standout at No. 12, and Beckham became a sensation.
While he has spent the last two years with the Browns, he had five tremendous—albeit sometimes injury-marred—seasons with the Giants. He topped 1,300 receiving yards and made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons. He again topped the 1,000-yard mark in 2018 before netting a first-round pick, a third-rounder and safety Jabril Peppers in a March 2019 trade with the Browns.
While New York may be happy to have moved on from Beckham’s brash personality, it hasn’t had an offensive weapon like him since.
Like Barkley, Beckham has had a hard time staying healthy, but is an amazing talent. No one thought he would be as good as he’s been coming out of LSU.
I do believe keeping Beckham would have been a better decision than trading him like the Giants did. It’s unfortunate that the media has their bias’s and don’t care for him as a player.
It always amazes me how the media will go after certain players but when it comes to running back Adrian Peterson abusing his son and Peyton Manning allegedly exposed himself to a female athletic trainer at the University of Tennessee, the media stays quiet.
Beckham would have gone down as the greatest Giants’ receiver in history if they had kept him and he finished his career in New York. But now he’s helping the Cleveland Browns rebuild as an organization while the Giants can’t win more than six games.
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