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Poll: First round Picks


From Frank Gifford to Lawrence Taylor, 12 future Hall of Famers have picked up the phone to hear a Giants' representative on the other end welcoming them to the team.

And it all begins with the first round, where New York's clairvoyance has proved to be sage-like over the past decade.

Dating back to 2000, we take a look at the immediate production generated from the Giants' top choices.

Of the nine listed below, five played in all 16 games of their rookie seasons. Taking it one step further, they each played an average of 15 games in their first season (they missed only nine games combined).

To get a better idea of what to expect in the future, we will also look at how the first rounders fared around the league in their rookie campaigns.

Note: The Giants did not have a first round pick in 2005, and for the sake of the list, we will leave off 2004 when Phillip Rivers was traded for Eli Manning on draft day.

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RB Ron Dayne (2000)

The 11th pick overall, "The Great Dayne" had his most productive season as a rookie with the Giants. Nicknames seemed to follow him wherever he went, most notably teaming up with Tiki Barber as the backfield tandem known as "Thunder and Lightning."

*Rookie stats: *228 Att, 770 Yds, 5 TDs, 16 GP, 4 GS.

*Other first rounders that season: *Jamal Lewis (BAL) 309 Att, 1364 Yds, 6 TDs; Thomas Jones (ARI) 112 Att, 373 Yds, 2 TDs; Shaun Alexander (SEA) 64 Att, 313 Yds, 2 TDs; Trung Canidate (STL) 3 Att, 6 Yds, 0 TDs.

CB Will Allen (2001)

The 22nd pick overall, Allen started in 12 games and recorded a career-high four picks as a rookie out of Syracuse.

Rookie stats: 45 Tkls, 10 PD, 4 Int, 13 GP, 12 GS.

Other first rounders that season: Adam Archuleta (STL) 47 Tkl, 3 PD, 0 Int, 1 FF; Nate Clements (BUF) 55 Tkls, 14 PD, 3 Int, 1 TD; Willie Middlebrooks (DEN) 8 GP, 1 Tkl; Jamar Fletcher (MIA) 14 GP, 8 Tkls; Derrick Gibson (OAK) 10 Tkls, 4 PD, 1 Int.

TE Jeremy Shockey (2002)

The 14th pick overall, Shockey posted career-bests in receptions and yards while being named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

Rookie stats: 74 rec, 894 Yds, 2 TDs, 15 GP, 14 GS.

Other first rounders that season: Daniel Graham (NEW) 15 rec, 150 Yds, 1 TD; Jerramy Stevens (SEA) 26 rec, 252 Yds, 3 TDs.

DT William Joseph (2003)

The 25th pick overall, Joseph, a University of Miami alum, recorded his first career sack in his first NFL game against St. Louis in Week 1.

Rookie stats: 7 Tkls, 1 FF, 14 GP.

Other first rounders that season: Dewayne Robertson (NYJ) 34 Tkls, 1.5 sacks; Johnathan Sullivan (NOR) 26 Tkls, 1.0 sacks; Kevin Williams (MIN) 37 Tkls, 10.5 sacks, 4 PD, 1 FF, 1 Int; Jimmy Kennedy (STL) 1 Tkl, 13 GP.

DE Mathias Kiwanuka (2006)

The 32nd pick overall, Kiwanuka played in all 16 games as a rookie after an All-American career at Boston College.

Rookie stats: 53 Tkls, 4.0 sacks, 4 PD, 2 FF, 2 Int, 16 GP, 9 GS.

Other first rounders that season: Mario Williams (HOU) 35 Tkls, 4 PD, 1 FF, 4.5 sacks; Kamerion Wimbley (CLE) 44 Tkls, 11.0 sacks; Tamba Hali (KAN) 45 Tkls, 8.0 sacks, 5 FF, 4 PD; Manny Lawson (SFO) 48 Tkls, 2.5 sacks, 2 PD.

CB Aaron Ross (2007)

The 20th pick overall, Ross was one of seven Texas Longhorns drafted and had his first two interceptions against the Jets.

Rookie stats: 42 Tkls, 9 PD, 3 Int, 1 TD (43 Yds), 15 GP, 9 GS.

Other first rounders that season: LaRon Landry (WAS) 63 Tkls, 5 PD, 0 Int; Darrelle Revis (NYJ) 74 Tkls, 17 PD, 3 Int; Leon Hall (CIN) 55 Tkls, 12 PD, 5 Int; Michael Griffin (TEN) 41 Tkls, 7 PD, 3 Int; Reggie Nelson (JAX) 58 Tkls, 11 PD, 5 Int; Brandon Meriweather (NWE) 18 Tkls, 3 PD, 0 Int.

 S Kenny Phillips (2008)

The 31st pick overall, Phillips was the only safety taken in the first round and went on to play in all 16 games his rookie year.

Rookie stats: 67 Tkls, 5 PD, 1 Int, 16 GP, 3 GS.

WR Hakeem Nicks (2009)

The 29th pick overall, Hicks came to New York after breaking almost all receiving records at North Carolina, including receptions and receiving touchdowns. He went on to score touchdowns in four consecutive games in his first year in the NFL.

Rookie stats: 47 rec, 790 Yds, 6 TDs, 14 GP.

Other first rounders that season: Darius Heyward-Bey (OAK) 9 rec, 124 Yds, 1 TD; Michael Crabtree (SFO) 48 rec, 625 Yds, 2 Tds; Jeremy Maclin (PHI) 55 rec, 762 Yds, 4 Tds; Percy Harvin (MIN) 60 rec, 790 Yds, 6 Tds; Kenny Britt (TEN) 42 rec, 701 Yds, 3 Tds.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (2010)

The 15th pick overall, the All-American out of South Florida made two tackles in his NFL debut and recorded back-to-back games with two sacks against Jacksonville and Washington.

Rookie stats: 30 Tkls, 6 PD, 4.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR, 16 GP.

Other first rounders that season: Brandon Graham (PHI) 12 Tkls, 3 sacks; Derrick Morgan (TEN) 3 Tkls, 1.5 sacks; Jared Odrick (MIA) 1 Tkl, 1 GP; Jerry Hughes (IND) 6 Tkls, 12 GP.

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