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Daily Blitz - Apr. 12: Top Draft Classes


The Giants front office doesn't miss early when it comes to the NFL Draft.

Each Giants first-round selection since 2004 – one of the most notable NFL drafts in recent memory – started at least 12 games for the Giants last season (all started a minimum of 15 with the exceptions of Jason Pierre-Paul and rookie Prince Amukamara).

But what about the depth of the classes?

The 2007 class, which included running back Ahmad Bradshaw, will be remembered for its immediate impact on the ensuing run to winning Super Bowl XLII. Similarly, the eight players drafted in 2011 contributed to another championship as rookies. In between, 2010 brought Jason Pierre-Paul and Linval Joseph, a year after Hakeem Nicks became a Giant. And 2008 can't be overlooked with Kenny Phillips and Terrell Thomas.

Take a look at the past five drafts:

1 (19) Prince Amukamara, DB, Nebraska
2 (52) Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
3 (83) Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
4 (117) James Brewer, T, Indiana
6 (185) Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
6 (198) Tyler Sash, DB, Iowa
6 (202) Jacquian Williams, LB, South Florida
7 (221) Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland

1 (15) Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
2 (46) Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina
3 (76) Chad Jones, S, LSU
4 (115) Phillip Dillard, LB, Nebraska
5 (147) Mitch Petrus, G, Arkansas
6 (184) Adrian Tracy, LB, William & Mary
7 (221) Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina

1 (29) Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
2 (45) Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
2 (60) William Beatty, T, Connecticut
3 (85) Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly-S.L.O.
3 (100) Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
4 (129) Andre Brown, RB, North Carolina State
5 (151) Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State
6 (200) DeAndre Wright, CB, New Mexico
7 (238) Stoney Woodson, CB, South Carolina

1 (31) Kenny Phillips, FS, Miami
2 (63) Terrell Thomas, CB, USC
3 (95) Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
4 (123) Bryan Kehl, OLB, Brigham Young
5 (165) Jonathan Goff, LB, Vanderbilt
6 (198) Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky
6 (199) Robert Henderson, DE, Southern Mississippi

1 (20) Aaron Ross, CB, Texas
2 (51) Steve Smith, WR, USC
3 (81) Jay Alford, NT, Penn State
4 (116) Zak DeOssie, LB, Brown
5 (153) Kevin Boss, TE, Western Oregon
6 (189) Adam Koets, T, Oregon State
7 (224) Michael Johnson, S, Arizona
7 (250) Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Marshall

That leads to our poll question of the day:


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