EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants own the 19th selection in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, which begins on April 28. In the previous 20 years, the 19th pick, like all slots in the first round, has produced its share of successes and busts, great players and marginal contributors. Here's a look at the accomplishments, or lack thereof, of the last 20 players selected 19th in their respective drafts, as well as the players who were chosen immediately before and after them.
In our ongoing series, today we look at 2001-2006:
19th Selection: Casey Hampton, DT from Texas, by Pittsburgh
Hampton has been a terrific and valuable player for the Steelers for the last decade. He is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who has played in three Super Bowls, winning two. Hampton has been a durable figure in the middle of the Steelers' defensive front, playing in fewer than 13 games just once (in 2004, when he tore his ACL). A premier run-stopper, Hampton has played in 144 regular season games with 134 starts. He has 316 tackles and nine sacks.
18th Selection: Jeff Backus, T from Michigan, by Detroit
20th Selection: Adam Archuleta, DB from Arizona State, by St. Louis
Note: With the 74th pick, Carolina selected wide receiver Steve Smith – six years before the Giants secured their own Steve Smith with the 51st selection of the 2007 draft.
19th Selection: Ashley Lelie, WR from Hawaii, by Denver
Lelie didn't pan out for the Broncos or anyone else who signed him. In seven NFL seasons he played in 107 games – 59 starts – and caught 217 passes for 3,749 yards and 15 touchdowns. His best season was 2005, when he had career-high totals of 54 receptions for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns. But Lelie became angry when the Broncos acquired wide receiver Javon Walker in 2006. Ironically, Walker was selected immediately after Lelie in the 2002 draft. That led to a trade that sent Lelie to Atlanta. He played single seasons for the Falcons, 49ers and Raiders and had a brief stay with Kansas City before his career ended.
18th Selection: T.J. Duckett, RB from Michigan State, by Atlanta
20th Selection: Javon Walker, WR from Florida State, by Green Bay
Note: With the 95th selection, the Rams chose Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Eric Crouch – as a wide receiver. Crouch was later converted to safety by the Chiefs, but never played an NFL regular season game.
19th Selection: Kyle Boller, QB from California, by Baltimore
Boller was the second of the Ravens' two-first round choices in '03; they took defensive end Terrell Suggs with the 10th pick. Suggs, who played in his fourth Pro Bowl last season, is still with the Ravens. Boller is not. He played five years in Baltimore and played in 53 games with 42 starts, both franchise record for a quarterback. So are his 44 interceptions. Boller also threw 45 touchdown passes. He was 20-22 as a starter for the Ravens. After becoming a free agent, Boller played with St. Louis in 2009 and Oakland in 2010.
18th Selection: Calvin Pace, DE from Wake Forest, by Arizona
20th Selection: George Foster, T from Georgia, by Denver.
Note: With the 22nd pick – three spots after Boller was chosen - Chicago took Rex Grossman, another quarterback who was largely a disappointment and left his original team after the '08 season. Grossman has played for Houston and Washington since leaving the Bears.
19th Selection: Vernon Carey, T from Miami, by Miami
Carey has been a dependable and steady player for the Dolphins. He has played in 106 games with 92 starts at both left and right tackle. Carey was named a first-team All-Pro by Sports Illustrated in 2009. Before suffering a knee injury last season that forced him to go on injured reserve, Carey had streaks of 104 consecutive games played and 87 starts.
18th Selection: Will Smith, DE from Ohio State, by New Orleans
20th Selection: Kenechi Udeze, DE from USC, by Minnesota
Note: In 2010, the Giants had three 2004 players selected by other teams on the first round of the 2004 draft: QB Eli Manning (San Diego), OL Shawn Andrews (Philadelphia) and WR Michael Clayton (Tampa Bay),
19th Selection: Alex Barron, T from Florida State, by St. Louis
Barron played five seasons for the Rams and started 74 of the 76 games he played. But he never lived up to the expectations the team had for him on draft day. Barron was one of the NFL's most penalized players during his tenure in St. Louis. Prior to the 2010 season, he was traded to Dallas for linebacker Bobby Carpenter. Last year, he played in 11 games with one start for the Cowboys. In his first game, Dallas appeared to beat Washington on a last-play touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Roy Williams. But Barron was flagged for holding and the Cowboys lost, 13-7.
18th Selection: Erasmus James, DE from Wisconsin, by Minnesota
20th Selection: Marcus Spears, DE from LSU, by Dallas
Note: Last year, two players selected in the 2005 draft went to the Pro Bowl as Giants: Justin Tuck, selected 74th overall by the Giants, and Antrel Rolle, taken eighth by Arizona.
19th Selection: Antonio Cromartie, DB from Florida State, by San Diego
Cromartie was a the 19th pick in the draft despite missing his entire final season at Florida State after tearing an ACL during a voluntary workout prior to his junior year. He played in all 64 regular season games, with 39 starts, in four seasons in San Diego. Cromartie was an All-Pro in 2007. On Nov 4, 2007, he returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown in a game at Minnesota. It is the longest play in NFL history. On March 4, 2010, Cromartie was traded to the Jets for a third-round draft choice. He started all 15 regular season games in which he played and three postseason games last year.
18th Selection: Bobby Carpenter, LB from Ohio State, by Dallas
20th Selection: Tamba Hali, DE from Penn State, by Tennessee
Note: With the 253rd – and third-to-last pick in the draft – Green Bay selected Dave Tollefson, who joined the Giants later that year and has since played 37 games and recorded five sacks for them.