I know — this is a bit of fluff – but let’s face it there isn’t all that much going on right now and we’re all waiting anxiously for the draft to see who the Giants fortify their positions with. Speaking of which, here’s the point of the post…
Bleacher Report has the Giants ranked almost at the top of their NFL draft success stories today — #4 to be exact. [via]
One of the main reason the Giants have been so successful in recent seasons (including their 2008 Super Bowl win) is the way they build tremendous depth through the draft.
They haven’t had an overly impactful first rounder since Eli Manning, but what they have brought in are great role players and backups that allow this team to flourish.
Guys like Aaron Ross and Mathias Kiwanuka have developed nicely into starters and lower-round guys like Kevin Boss, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Justin Tuck have really been huge factors in the team’s success.
After a 2009 draft where I felt, based on where I had their players slotted on my board, was the best of any team, it looks as though the Giants are built for the now and the future thanks to the draft.
As followers of the team, we all feel like the Giants are an elite drafting machine — and even though 2008 and 09 were seasons that ended in bitter disappointment, we all recognize the talent level of the team that has been built through the draft.
Manning, Jacobs, Bradshaw, Snee, Diehl, Boss, Smith, Manningham, Nicks, Tuck, Osi, Kiwi, Alford, Webster, Thomas, Ross, Phillips…. the list of current and future great players go on and on. And who knows what will become of Ramses Barden, Andre Brown, or even with the draft picks this year.
One thing’s for sure, all eyes are on 2010 for this young Giants team.