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A look at the Giants' history of top 10 picks

Historically, the Giants have drafted 20 players, including two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in the top 10 since the draft began in 1936.

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That was the year they held the fourth overall pick, eventually using it to acquire Eli Manning in an exchange for Philip Rivers and future selections. Historically, the Giants have drafted 20 players, including two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in the top 10 since the draft began in 1936.

Below is a complete list of Giants selected in the top 10 of the draft order:

QB Philip Rivers, 2004, 4th overall

Giants career: The Giants acquired Eli Manning in a draft day trade for Rivers and future picks.
Total career (2004-Present):
144 starts, 36,655 passing yards, 252 TD, 122 INT, 5x Pro Bowl.

WR Ike Hilliard, 1997, 7th overall

Giants career (1997-2004): Hilliard is fifth in receptions (368), eighth in receiving yards (4,630) and tied for 11th in touchdown catches (27) on the franchise's all-time lists.
Total career (1997-2008):
Joining Tampa Bay in 2005, Hilliard finished his career with 161 games played, 106 starts, 546 catches, 6,397 receiving yards, and 59 touchdowns.

DE Cedric Jones, 1996, 5th overall

Career (1996-2000): Jones played all 73 career games with the Giants, making 35 starts and recording 15.0 sacks.

OL Eric Moore, 1988, 10th overall

Giants career (1988-1993): Played 75 games with the Giants and made 68 starts.
Total career (1988-1995):
Moore went on to play for Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Miami, finishing his career with 84 games played and 74 starts.

LB Carl Banks, 1984, 3rd overall

Giants career (1984-1992): 2x Super Bowl champion, NFL All-Decade Team of 1980s, Giants Ring of Honor inductee.
Total career (1984-1995):
After the Giants, Banks went on to play a season in Washington and then two in Cleveland, finishing his career with 173 games played and 151 starts.

DB Terry Kinard, 1983, 10th overall

Giants career (1983-1989): In 105 games with the Giants, Kinard recorded 27 interceptions and made the Pro Bowl in 1988.
Total career (1983-1990):
Kinard finished his career by playing one season in Houston and finished with 31 career interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. 

LB Lawrence Taylor, 1981, 2nd overall

Career (1981-1993): A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and two-time Super Bowl champion, Taylor redefined the way the outside linebacker position was played, earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1981, 1982, 1986 as he was named All-Pro in his first nine seasons. Taylor recorded 132.5 quarterback sacks (not including 9.5 sacks he recorded in 1981, since the sack didn't become an official NFL statistic until 1982), 1,088 tackles, 33 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries, and nine interceptions during his career. He was selected to play in 10 Pro Bowls and in 1994 was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

DB Mark Haynes, 1980, 8th overall

Giants career (1980-1985): In six seasons with the Giants, Haynes made the Pro Bowl three times (1982, 1983, 1984) and recorded 13 interceptions.
Total career (1980-1989):
Haynes played four more seasons with the Broncos after the Giants, finishing his career with 127 games played and 17 interceptions.

QB Phil Simms, 1979, 7th overall

Career (1979-1993): Simms was George Young's first draft choice in 1979 and he played his entire 15-year with the Giants. He overcame a series of injuries early in his career to become the most productive quarterback in team history. Before Eli Manning, Simms held the Giants career records for pass attempts (4,647), completions (2,576), yards (33,462) and touchdowns (199). He was 95-64 (.597) as a regular season starter and 6-4 in the playoffs. But Simms is best remembered for his almost flawless performance in leading the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XXI. He completed 22 of 25 passes – including all 10 of his throws in the second half – for 268 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 39-20 rout of the Denver Broncos. In one of the easiest votes in history, he was selected the game's Most Valuable Player.

OT Gordon King, 1978, 10th overall

Giants career (1978-1985): King played 84 games over his seven seasons with the Giants.
Total career: (1978-1987):
After the Giants, King played the final two seasons of his career with the Jets, finishing with 97 games played and 60 starts.

DE Gary Jeter, 1977, 5th overall

Giants career (1977-1982): Made 57 starts in 75 games over six seasons with the Giants, helping the franchise make it to the playoffs in 1981 for the first time in nearly two decades.
Total career (1977-1989):
Jeter played six more seasons with the L.A. Rams and one with the New England Patriots, finishing his career with 52.0 sacks.

OL John Hicks, 1974, 3rd overall

Career (1974-1977): Hicks played all 52 of his career games with the Giants, making 50 starts over four seasons.

OL, Francis Peay, 1966, 10th overall

Giants career (1966-1967): Played two seasons with the Giants and appeared in 22 games.
Total career (1966-1974):
Peay went on to play for Green Bay and Kansas City, playing in 103 career games with 38 starts.

RB Tucker Frederickson, 1965, 1st overall

Career (1965-1971): Frederickson was the second and last first overall selection by the New York Giants. In 66 career games, he ran for 2,209 yards and nine touchdowns.

QB Lee Grosscup, 1959, 10th overall

Career (1959-1961): Appeared in four games before going on to play in the AFL and CFL.

OE Kyle Rote, 1951, 1st overall

Career (1951-1961): Rote remains second in franchise history with 48 touchdown catches and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

QB Travis Tidwell, 1950, 7th overall

Career (1951-1952): Tidwell played 14 games with four starts in two NFL seasons.

OT/LB George Connor, 1946, 5th overall

Career (1948-1955): A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1975, Connor was originally drafted by the Giants but then had his rights traded to the Boston Yanks and then to the Bears. He was All-NFL at three positions: offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and linebacker.

OT Ed Widseth, 1937, 4th overall

Career (1937-1940): Played 44 games in four NFL seasons with the Giants.

OT Art Lewis, 1936, 9th overall

Giants career (1936):Played 12 games in one season with the Giants after being selected in the first NFL Draft.

Total career (1936, 1938-1939): Lewis went on to play two seasons with the Cleveland Rams and later coached at West Virginia University.

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