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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- New York Giants

Updated on May 2, 2015

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. William Joseph

He was brought in to make the defensive line better, but he rarely saw the field.

At Miami, William Joseph was a force on the middle. As a senior, he was a first-team All-Big East selection, making 51 total tackles, 16 tackles for losses, and five sacks.

Joseph was selected 25th overall in 2003. He was brought in to bring youth to the defensive line but did nothing but disappoint. He started a total of 17 games over four seasons in New York and never totaled more than 25 tackles in a season. Joseph was never a factor up front on defense and spent most of the 2007 season on IR while the Giants went on a Super Bowl run. After 2007, Joseph went to the Raiders for two seasons before winding up in prison.

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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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      For my 2 cents Dayne is the biggest bust on this list.