|PHOTOS: CLASS OF 1981 GALLERY|
Not then. Not now.
The Giants’ 1981 draft class, headlined by the iconic linebacker, has been officially voted the best in franchise history and crowned champion of the "Draft Class Challenge" on Giants.com.
VIEW: FINAL BRACKET & RESULTS >>
Throughout the month of March and into April, we at Giants.com hosted a bracket challenge to determine once and for all which draft class the fans feel is best in franchise history. Beginning with a pool of 16, fans voted round by round each week, whittling the bracket down to eight and then the semifinals, which consisted of 1981 (L.T., Billy Ard, Byron Hunt) vs. 2003 (Osi Umenyiora,
The two classes from the 1980s prevailed, and in a tight championship race, 1981 edged out 1984, 53-47 percent. To get there, 1981 knocked out 2004 (72-28 percent), 1956 (81-19), and 2003 in the semifinals (67-33).
Here is your winning class of the inaugural Giants.com Draft Class Challenge:
|1||2||Lawrence Taylor||LB||North Carolina|
|3||59||John Mistler||WR||Arizona State|
|4||85||Cliff Chatman||RB||Central Oklahoma|
|6||145||Melvin Hoover||WR||Arizona State|
|7||168||Louis Jackson||RB||Cal Poly-S.L.O.|
|8||207||Mark Reed||QB||Morehead State|
|8||221||Billy Ard||G||Wake Forest|
|9||224||Byron Hunt||LB||Southern Methodist|
|10||250||Mike Barker||--||Grambling State|
|12||307||Mike Maher||--||Western Illinois|
-Lawrence Taylor: Hall of Fame (1999), 8x First-Team All-Pro, 10x Pro Bowl, 2x Super Bowl champion
-Billy Ard: XXI, 113 GP, 106 GS
-Byron Hunt: XXI, 100 GP
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