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The New York Giants haven’t drafted particularly well the past decade or so. Sure, they’ve gotten a stud hare and there but overall, they just haven’t had a consistent presence on Pro Bowl rosters and they’ve been a losing team in eight of the past nine years.
In Pro Football Focus‘ list of each team’s best value draft pick since 2006, it is no wonder for the Giants, they chose a player who burst onto the scene only to flame out very quickly in New York.
NEW YORK GIANTS: WR ODELL BECKHAM JR., LSU (12TH OVERALL IN 2014)
There aren’t many teams that have a worse track record after the first round in the PFF era than the Giants,” writes PFF’s Michael Renner. “Linval Joseph, Weston Richburg and Landon Collins are really the only ones to write home about, and they were all still second-rounders. With that said, the receiver with the hottest start to his NFL career gets the nod. Before injuries struck, Beckham was the gold standard at the position with 4,122 yards in his first three seasons.
The Giants are hopeful their first round haul of Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal will put them back on the map as team that gets it right in the draft.