Over the next two weeks I will be going through the Giants top 10 draft picks with this week being picks 10 through 5. Nailing a pick in the first round is a task that some GMs might find difficult. Many months of scouting and watching film and combine highlights all lead to the teams decision of who we are going to take with our first round pick. The Giants have had many hits in the first round but also the same amount of misses. This article is going to serve as a drive down memory lane to our past first round picks and where they are now.
- Deandre Baker
Deandre Baker was selected with the last pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Baker ended up playing 16 games with the Giants and was eventually released after being arrested in September of 2020. Some key hits that happened in that draft right after Baker was drafted include A.J Brown and Deebo Samuel.
- Eli Apple
Eli Apple was taken with the 10th pick of the first round. Eli Apple played around 2 and a half seasons with the Giants. As the seasons went on Apple began to be benched for performance and disciplinary reasons and as that continued to happen it became more and more apparent that this pairing was not going to end well. The Giants ended up trading Apple to the Saints for a fourth-round pick and a seventh-round pick. Some picks that occurred after were Laremy Tunsil and Ryan Kelly.
- Evan Neal
I know it might be a little early to add Evan Neal to this list but it’s where he belongs. Neal was drafted seventh overall and has been one of the biggest busts in recent history. The Giants drafted him to be a nice right tackle to play alongside Andrew Thomas but he has been anything but that. He has constantly been hurt and is playing extremely poorly. The Giants must move him to right guard to see how he plays there or draft a new right tackle or this offensive line is going to have major problems going forward.
- Evan Engram
Evan Engram is a name that I use to hate every time it was said. Engram was a speedy tight end that would help the giants exploit matchups against slow linebackers. That is what we would use engram for but I guess the Giants did not realize his severe dropping problem. If I went into the amount of games Engram has cost the Giants this blog would go on for 1000 words. He was the 23rd pick of the 2017 NFL draft and wasn’t that bad for the Giants but I had to put him here simply for the worst drop ever against Philly. He has seemingly restarted his career in Jacksonville and is looking like a great tight end option for them.
- Deonte Banks
Deonte Banks was our most recent selection in the first round. Banks had a solid rookie season especially when he came in as the number 1 corner on our roster. Banks ended up having 2 interceptions and gave Giants fans a lot to be excited about heading into our future.
- Daniel Jones
This one hurt me to put at the number 5 spot. Daniel Jones was drafted with the 6th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. The first memory I have of Jones was the Bucs game where he lead them to victory in his first start. It was one of the most exciting moments as a Giants fan because we felt we found that successor behind Eli. Little did we know that the Daniel Jones experience would be an extremely bumpy one. From 2019 to 2021 Jones would not win more than 5 games in a season and that is considering all the injuries he had. Last season he played just good enough under Daboll to lead this team to the playoffs and even win a game. This season Giants fans were excited because we signed our QB long term and now have a plan. Well it turned out Jones would get hurt after a historically bad start. Jones has caused a lot of pain and happiness in Giants fans eyes and it will continue to be that way until we move on from him.