The Giants hold the 19th overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft. Since the league expanded to 32 teams is 2002, the 19th pick is three spots past the middle of the round. The lead-pipe cinch future Pro Bowlers are usually gone by then and the second-tier talents are in abundance. Some teams trade out of the middle of the round, moving up or down seeking either quality or quantity.
Then, there are the tams that wait for the others to make mistakes, hoping a gem will fall into their lap. The Giants felt this was the case in 2011, when CB Prince Amukamara dropped down to them at 19.
Here is a list of the players taken with the 19th pick since 2002:
We’re sure you recognize all of the names on the list. You can be the judge of how these players did, or are doing, in the NFL. Some hits, some misses as you can see. Click below for more….
Lelie and Boller had some success, becoming starters for a stretch, but both bounced around after reaching free agency. Lelie played for five teams, Boller for four. Neither is in the league any longer.
Carey played all of his eight seasons with the Dolphins, starting 107 games. He retired last year during training camp.
Barron was disappointing as a pro. Plagued by a slew holding penalties, Barron was traded to the Cowboys in 2010 for LB Bobby Carpenter. From there, he has gone on to play for New Orleans and Seattle. Last month, he was signed by Oakland.
Cromartie, you know. He has made the Pro Bowl with both the Jets and San Diego, who traded him to New York in 2009. He remains one of the league’s top corners.
Griffin os also a two-time Pro Bowler with the Titans and was extended with a five-year deal worth $35 million last summer.
Otah started all 29 games with Carolina, but knee problems cut his career short. He failed his physical last summer after getting traded to the Jets and was returned to the Panthers. They released him shortly after.
Maclin is another name you are familiar with. He has become a solid wideout for the rival Eagles.
Weatherspoon has gone on to become a key player on the Falcons’ defense. He was named captain last season.
Prince and McClellin are still works in progress. Both have struggled with injuries.