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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- New York Giants

Updated on May 1, 2021

These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the New York Giants

5. Ereck Flowers

He was brought in to be a decade fixture on the offensive line, but all he did was disappoint.

As a true freshman at the Miami in 2012, Ereck Flowers played in all 12 games at right tackle. The following year, he started all 12 games at left tackle. As a junior, he was named second team All-ACC.

Flowers was selected ninth overall in 2015 and was immediately named the Giants starting left tackle. Throughout his tenure in New York, he was criticized for not living up to expectations by the media and teammates. Former players accused Flowers of quitting on the team, of missing multiple blocks, and of having poor technique. Since his rookie year, he gave up 169 total quarterback pressures which is the most of any tackle in the NFL during that time. He was rated the 54th starting offensive tackle in all of football. He switched to right tackle in 2018 with the arrival of Nate Solder but was benched and eventually released midseason. He's bounced around the league ever since and has never lived up to his first round label.

4. Derek Brown

He was brought in to replace a team legend, but failed.

At Notre Dame, Derek Brown showed he was a great receiving threat. In his final two seasons with the Fighting Irish, he recorded 37 catches for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Brown was drafted 14th overall in 1992. He seemed like the perfect replacement for two time All-Pro tight end Mark Bavaro. Yet, the Giants were painfully disappointed when Brown caught a total of 11 passes. He never scored a touchdown in New York and didn't start a game after his rookie season. He went on to be selected by Jacksonville in the 1995 expansion draft.

3. Dave Brown

He was seen as the next quarterback to lead New York to a Super Bowl, but couldn't accomplish anything as a starter.

At Duke, Dave Brown became the School's most prolific quarterback. In his first year as a starter, he led the Blue Devils to an ACC championship and their first bowl game in 30 years.

Brown was selected as a first round pick in the 1992 supplemental draft. He was brought in to be the quarterback of the future after Phil Sims approached retirement and Jeff Hostetler left. He threw for more interceptions than touchdowns during his checkered career in New York, and never won a playoff game. In his one career playoff game, Brown went 6 of 10 for 56 yards and an interception. With Dave Brown being drafted in combination with Derek Brown, the Giants' 1992 draft can be seen as an epic disaster.

2. Ron Dayne

He was college football's best running backs ever, but couldn't have the same success in the NFL.

At Wisconsin, Ron Dayne was a workhorse of a running back. In four years as a Badger, he rushed for over 7,100 yards and 71 touchdowns while winning the 1999 Heisman trophy winner.

Dayne went on to be the 11th overall pick in 2000. Over his time in New York, the Giants went on to see him gain weight and not yards over the next four years. With Tiki Barber already on the team, Dayne didn't fulfill a need nor did he meet expectations. In his rookie season, He racked up 770 yards and didn't do much after that. After four seasons, the Giants decided to part ways with him.

1. Cedric Jones

In the team's great history of pass rushers, he has to be the most disappointing.

At Oklahoma, Cedric Jones was a force at defensive end.

Jones went on to be the fifth overall pick in 1996. With the team finding gems at pass rusher in Leonard Marshal, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, and Jason Pierre-Paul, Jones was definitely not in the same category. It was not only his lack of production, but also the players the Giants passed on that make this the worst draft pick. With players like Eddie George and Terry Glenn still available, it was hard to justify taking Jones with the fifth pick in the draft. Totaling 15 sacks in his five year career, He will never be remembered as one the Giants' best pass rushers. Rather, he will be remembered as the worst draft pick in franchise history.

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