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Eisen's Mailbag: Best draft pick after Round 1

Posted Apr 4, 2017

Michael Eisen answers your questions on today’s edition of The Mailbag on Giants.com:

•  Who is the Giants’ most productive non-first round pick in recent years?

Define recent – five years? 10? 20? If its two decades worth of drafts (1997-2016), then Tiki Barber, franchise’s all-time leading rusher who was chosen on the second round in 1997, heads the list. Behind him are four-time Pro Bowl, two-time Super Bowl champion guard Chris Snee (second round, 2003), and two-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winner Justin Tuck, the defensive end taken in round three in 2006.

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Honorable mention goes to Brandon Jacobs, second fourth-round selection in 2005 who scored a franchise-record 60 rushing touchdowns. In the five and 10-year windows, the second-round selections from the last three drafts: center Weston Richburg (2014), safety Landon Collins (2-15), and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (2016). They’re all young, of course, but all three players have the ability to be outstanding players for a long time. Honorable mention to long-snapper Zak DeOssie, a two-time Pro Bowler and six-time captain who has missed only four games in 10 seasons. He was taken of the fourth round of the 2007 draft.

•  What position(s) would be surprising to see the Giants draft at No. 23?

Absolutely none. Okay, let me amend that. It would be an out-of-the box decision if the Giants chose a kicker, punter or long-snapper on the first round (actually, since the Giants currently don’t have a veteran kicker, perhaps No. 1 would not be a huge surprise). But any other position is in play.

Would it shock anyone if the Giants took an offensive lineman, running back or tight end? They have three outstanding receivers, but the Giants are always looking to give Eli Manning more weapons. Speaking of Manning, he is 36 years old, and it’s no secret the Giants must think about his eventual replacement at some point. It doesn’t take a great reach to suggest that time could be in the first round of the upcoming draft. The defense took a huge step forward last season, but it can still improve. The Giants can use more talent in all three areas – the line, linebacker, and in the secondary. Given all that, whoever the Giants select on the first round will make perfect sense.

•  What is the Giants’ best moment against QB Tony Romo?

That’s easy. In 2007, the Cowboys were the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The fifth-seeded Giants, who finished three games behind them in the standings, traveled to Dallas for a divisional playoff game.

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Late in the fourth quarter, the Giants led, 21-17, when the Cowboys took possession at the Giants’ 48 with 1:50 remaining. It was then the biggest possession of Romo’s career, an opportunity for him to lead his favored team to a victory with a late comeback in a postseason game. He led the Cowboys to the 23-yard line, where they faced fourth-and-11. Romo threw into the end zone for Terry Glenn. The ball was intercepted by Giants cornerback R.W. McQuarters, one of the biggest plays on the Giants’ march to victory in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants got the best of Romo in what could have been one of the biggest moments of his career.
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