The Giants have taken some gems in the later rounds of the draft
I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the New York Giants’ best late round draft picks from over the years.
I have to make some things clear before you read this article. FIrst and foremost, a late round pick is anyone selected in the fifth round of later, at least that’s the case for this piece.
Also, this list is only dating back to the late-80’s. So these are the Giants’ top-10 late round picks over the past 30 years or so.
Some of the players below didn’t have really long careers, so what I mean by best picks, is that they were late roud steals becuase of how well they played during their careers.
2019 5th round pick WR Darius Slayton
I know Slayton’s career has just started, but for him to be taken in the fifth round and already be contributing the way he has is phenominal.
2007 7th round pick RB Ahmad Bradshaw
Bradshaw was one of the many gems that the Giants and former general manager Jerry Reese selected in the 2007 NFL Draft. One of the main reasons he fell so far is because of “character concerns” after being dimissed from the University of Virginia football team in 2004 after pleading guilty to underage drinking and resisting arrest.
Bradshaw would of course go on to be a big part of the Giants Super Bowl runs in 2007 and 2011. He finished his career with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015. He piled up 4,928 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career.
2007 5th round pick TE Kevin Boss
Boss was a great pick for the Giants and helped them win the Super Bowl in 2007 after they traded away former star tight end Jeremy Shockey. He wasn’t very fast, but his height and toughness made up for it.
Unfortunately, Boss’ career only lasted five years due to multiple injuries that cut his time in the NFL short.
2004 5th round pick S Gibril Wilson
Wilson developed into a very good safety that also helped New York defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42.
Wilson went on and signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2008, but wasn’t the same player he was with the Giants and also ended up with the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals late in his career.
2004 7th round pick RB Derrick Ward
Ward emerged as a very good complimentary back to Brandon Jacobs and rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2008. He also amassed over 600 yards in 2007. He would go on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009 after becoming a free agent.
The Giants had a strong three-headed monster in Ward, Jacobs and Bradshaw.
2003 5th round pick OL David Diehl
Diehl will go down as one of the best offensive lineman in Giants’ history and was big part of their stout line along with Shaun O’Hara, Rich Seubert, Kareem McKenzie and Chris Snee in the mid to late 2000’s.
1997 5th round pick S Sam Garnes
Garnes had a strong career with the GIants that spanned from 1997-2001. He was a big part of their 2000 Super Bowl run that ended in defeat to the Baltimore Ravens down in Tampa.
Garnes played the final two years of his career with the New York Jets and retired after the 2003 season with a total of 10 interceptions and 515 tackles.
1995 6th round pick FB Charles Way
The Giants have had some very good fullbacks, but Way was a special player and is still with the organization today as the head of player engagement.
1993 8th round pick LB Jessie Armstead
Armstead was taken in the eighth round of the draft, when the NFL actually had more than seven rounds in a draft. He is one of the Giants’ all-time great linebackers. It’s a shame he never won a Super Bowl.
Armstead finished his career with Washington in 2003 along with a total of 971 tackles.
1989 5th round pick RB Dave Meggett
Meggett was an exciting running back that had a long career that lasted all the way until 1998. He not only got a ring from Super Bowl XXV, but also appeared in one with the Patriots in the mid-90’s.
Meggett was a jack of all trades back that could do so many things on the field. Unfortunately, at the age of 54 he’s in prison down in South Carolina for burglary and criminal sexual conduct.
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