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Notable Giants selected after the first round

Heading into day two of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Giants have nine picks remaining, including two on Friday. The team currently owns the following picks on Friday and Saturday:

  • Round 2, Pick 36
  • Round 3, Pick 99
  • Round 4, Pick 110
  • Round 5, Pick 150
  • Round 6, Pick 138
  • Round 7, Pick 218
  • Round 7, Pick 238
  • Round 7, Pick 247
  • Round 7, Pick 255

Throughout the franchise's history, the Giants have hit on many draft picks beyond the first round, including some all-time greats. Here is a breakdown of some notable players taken by the Giants and the rest of the NFL at each of the Giants' remaining draft positions.

36th overall (Round 2)

The Giants have had success with the 36th pick on several occasions.

Running back Tiki Barber was taken with the 36th pick in 1997 NFL. Barber spent his entire 10-year career with the Giants, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl (2004-2006) and one selection as a First-Team All-Pro (2005). In 154 career games, Barber ran for 10,449 yards and 55 touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, while adding 586 receptions for 5,183 yards and an additional 12 touchdowns. Barber holds numerous franchise records, including rushing yards, rush attempts (2,217), single-season rushing yards (1,860), single-game rushing yards (234), most career yards from scrimmage (15,632), most scrimmage yards in a season (2,390) and many others. Barber was inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor in 2010.

The Giants also drafted wide receiver Earnest Gray with the 36th pick in 1979. Gray spent six seasons with the franchise, catching 243 passes for 3,768 yards and 27 touchdowns. He caught 10 touchdown passes in 1980 and became only the third Giant ever to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season when he caught 78 passes for 1,139 yards in 1983.

Additionally, offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott was selected with the 36th pick in 1988. Elliott was with the Giants for eight seasons, making one Pro Bowl (1983) and serving as a key piece on the offensive line of the 1990 Super Bowl-winning team.

Other notable players taken at 36: LB Ray Nitschke, Green Bay Packers (1958); WR Jimmy Smith, Dallas Cowboys (1992); C Kevin Mawae, Seattle Seahawks (1994); S Lawyer Milloy, New England Patriots (1996); WR Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals (2001); WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (2008); QB Derrick Carr, Oakland Raiders (2014).

99th overall (Round 3)

The Giants have made two notable selections with the 99th pick.

In 1965, the Giants drafted defensive back Willie Williams with the 99th overall pick (eighth round). Williams would spend eight of his nine NFL seasons with the franchise, making one Pro Bowl appearance in 1969. Williams' 35 career interceptions are tied for the fourth-most in franchise history. His 10 interceptions during the 1968 season led the league and is tied for the second-most in a single season in Giants history.

Defensive tackle Keith Hamilton was the 99th pick (fourth round) in 1992. Hamilton played his entire 12-year career with the Giants and earned an All-Pro selection in 2000. His 63.0 career sacks are the fifth-most in franchise history, while his 173 games played rank 10th.

Other notable players taken at 99: QB Joe Theisman, Miami Dolphins (1971); P Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs (2005); LB K.J. Wright, Seattle Seahawks (2011); OLB Joe Schobert, Cleveland Browns (2016).

110th overall (Round 4)

There is only one player that sticks out among the few that the Giants have drafted at 110, and that is running back Brandon Jacobs.

Jacobs was taken early in the fourth round in 2005 out of Southern Illinois. He spent all but one of his nine NFL seasons with the Giants and was a member of both the Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI teams.

Over his eight seasons with the team, Jacobs carried the ball 1,136 times for 5,087 yards, good for fourth-most in Giants history, while his 60 rushing touchdowns stands as the franchise record.

Other notable players taken at 110: RB Leroy Kelly, Cleveland Browns (1964); K Fred Cox, Cleveland Browns (1961); G Conrad Dobler, St. Louis Cardinals (1972); DE Greg Townsend, Los Angeles Raiders (1983); LB Steve DeOssie, Dallas Cowboys (1984); TE Tyler Higbee, St. Louis Rams (2016).

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150th overall (Round 5)

The Giants have had one notable selection with the 150th pick, and that is center Ray Wietecha.

Wietcha was a 12th round selection in the 1950 draft. He spent all 10 of his professional seasons with the Giants. Wietecha served as the anchor for the Giants' offensive line, earning four trips to the Pro Bowl while being selected as an All-Pro once.

Other notable players taken at 150: DB Dwight Hicks, Detroit Lions (1978); LB Greg Lloyd, Pittsburgh Steelers (1987); RB Michael Bates, Seattle Seahawks (1992); RB Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (2016).

183rd overall (Round 6)

The Giants have not drafted any notable players with the 183rd pick. However, the franchise has had plenty of success finding late-round gems around this time of the draft.

Just last year, the Giants selected wide receiver Darius Slayton with the 171st overall pick. Slayton was among the rookie leaders in several categories last season, including receptions (48), receiving yards (740), touchdowns (eight), catches of 20+ yards (12) and first downs (32). In 2003, the Giants took OL David Diehl with the 160th pick and David Tyree with the 211st pick. Both players went on to play significant roles in the team's run to a Super Bowl title during the 2007 season and Diehl again in 2011.

Doug Riesenberg was taken 168th overall in 1987 and went on to play 137 games (with 107 starts) at right tackle. Defensive back Perry Williams spent 10 years with the Giants after being selected 178th overall in 1983 and won two Super Bowls with the franchise. Finally, Spider Lockhart was drafted 169th overall in 1965 and went on to make two Pro Bowl appearances over 11 seasons with the Giants. His 41 career interceptions are the third-most in franchise history.

Notable players taken at 183: OT Cody Risien, Cleveland Browns (1979): LB David Little, Pittsburgh Steelers (1981): RB Bo Jackson, Los Angeles Raiders (1987): RB Marion Butts, San Diego Chargers (1989).

218th, 238th, 247th and 255th overall (Round 7)

The Giants own four picks in the seventh round of this year's NFL Draft: 218, 238, 247 and 255. Among those draft positions, the franchise has only selected a notable player in one of those slots. With the 218th pick in 1989, the Giants drafted safety Myron Guyton. Guyton spent just five seasons with the franchise, but was an important piece of the team's Super Bowl XXV-winning secondary.

While the franchise hasn't drafted any key players at 238, 247 or 255, the Giants have found some great late-round picks around this part of the draft.

During the 2007 NFL Draft, the Giants selected running back Ahmad Bradshaw in the seventh round (250th overall). Bradshaw spent six seasons with the franchise and was a key contributor for the Super Bowl-winning teams in 2007 and 2011. Bradshaw ran for 4,232 yards on 921 carries (4.6 yards per carry) during his time with the Giants. He ranks sixth on the franchise's all-time rushing list and ninth in rushing touchdowns.

Linebacker Jessie Armstead, a five-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro selection and member of the Giants Ring of Honor, was drafted with the 207th overall pick (eighth round) in 1993. Billy Ard started at guard for the Giants for eight seasons after being selected with the 221st pick (eighth round) in 1981. The Giants drafted defensive end George Martin with the 262nd pick (11th round) in 1975. Martin recorded 46.0 sacks over his 14 seasons with the franchise, ranking eighth all-time in franchise history and is a member of the Giants Ring of Honor. Finally, offensive tackle and Pro Football Hall of Famer Rosey Brown spent 13 seasons with the Giants after being taken with the 322nd (27th round) of the 1953 draft. Brown, a member of the Giants Ring of Honor, made nine Pro Bowl appearances and was named an All-Pro nine times throughout his career.

Notable players taken at 218: DB Mike Weger, Detroit Lions (1967); RB Jim Otis, New Orleans Saints (1970); C Tom Nalen, Denver Broncos (1994).

Notable players taken at 238: DE L.C. Greenwood, Pittsburgh Steelers (1969).

Notable players taken at 247: TE Bruce Hardy, Miami Dolphins (1978); LB Garry Cobb, Dallas Cowboys (1979); DB Bobby Humphrey, New York Jets (1983); S Reyna Thompson, Miami Dolphins (1986).

Notable players taken at 255: C Will Grant, Buffalo Bills (1978); DT Mike Golic, Houston Oilers (1985); QB Don Majkowski, Green Bay Packers (1987).


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