Since becoming the general manager of the New York Giants, Jerry Reese has built a reputation as one of the brightest executives in the National Football League. Reese's shrewd management of the salary cap and wise draft choices have helped the Giants win a pair of Super Bowls under his watch. Here's a look back at his five best draft decisions since being appointed GM in 2007.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (2010, No. 15 overall) -- Pierre-Paul was an athletic freak with raw football skills coming out of South Florida and Reese guessed right on his upside. Since being drafted, Pierre-Paul has established himself one of the best young defenders in the game. The destructive defensive end has collected 27.5 sacks and become the lynchpin of Big Blue's defense in only three seasons.
WR Hakeem Nicks (2009, No. 29 overall) -- Nicks was one of six wide receivers selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft and to date is the most successful of all of them. Since 2009, he has posted a pair of 1000-yard seasons and caught 27 touchdowns. Plus, he put up monster numbers (444 yards and four TDs) in the 2011 playoffs. The Giants view Nicks as a No. 1 receiver and hope to extend his contract before it's up at the end of next season.
LT William Beatty (2009, No. 60 overall) -- Beatty, who was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft, re-signed with Big Blue for five years at $38.5 million earlier this offseason. Why did the Giants show him the money? Well, aside from being a plus run-blocker, the unsung Beatty has the all-important job of protecting franchise quarterback Eli Manning's blind side -- and he's good at it.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (2007, No. 250 overall) -- The Giants took a chance on Bradshaw in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL draft, and it's a good thing they did. The hard-nosed running back scored two of the most memorable touchdowns in team history, a crucial 88-yard dash to pay dirt late in the 2007 regular season and the game-winning TD in Super Bowl XLVI. Bradshaw rumbled his way to 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns in six seasons in New York.
WR Mario Manningham (2008, No. 95 overall) -- Drafted in the third round, Manningham never posted a 1,000-yard season with the Giants, but he was a perfect fit for Big Blue's offense. As the complementary receiver to Nicks, he pulled down nine touchdowns in 2010. Furthermore, he made the memorable sideline catch in Super Bowl XLVI to spark New York's game-winning drive. The Giants have been searching for a No. 3 receiver since Manningham left at the end of the 2011 season.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo! Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.
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