Looking at what players make the all-time draft team.
What does it take to be on the New York Giants’ all-time draft team? Considering the history of the franchise, you’d think it would take something special to be among the greatest drafted players ever, but some positions – like wide receiver – were way thin.
With the exception of Eli Manning – drafted by San Diego by traded on draft weekend – to get on the team you had to be drafted by the Giants and play the best years of your career with them.
One other note, just to get a Hall of Fame player in the mix – along with the slightly more deserving Tiki Barber – Tuffy Leemans gets put on the list as a fullback, which he technically was, even though he was only 195 pounds.
New York Giants All-Time Draft Team Offense
QB – Eli Manning*, Ole Miss, 2004, 1st round, 1st pick overall
RB – Tiki Barber, Virginia, 1997, 2nd round, 36th pick overall
RB – Frank Gifford, USC, 1952, 1st round, 11th pick overall
FB – Tuffy Leemans, Oregon, 1936, 2nd round, 18th pick overall
WR – Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, 2014, 1st round, 12th pick overall
WR – Amari Toomer, Michigan, 1996, 2nd round, 34th pick overall
TE – Mark Bavaro, Notre Dame, 1985, 4th round, 100th pick overall
OL – Rosey Brown, Morgan State, 1953, 27th round, 321st pick overall
OL – Greg Larson, Minnesota, 1961, 6th round, 81st pick overall
OL – William Roberts, Ohio State, 1984, 1st round, 27th pick overall
OL – Chris Snee, Boston College, 2004, 2nd round, 34th pick overall
OL – Ray Wietecha, Northwestern, 1950, 12th round, 150th pick overall
New York Giants All-Time Draft Team Defense
DL – Michael Strahan, Texas Southern, 1993, 2nd round, 40th pick overall
DL – Justin Tuck, Notre Dame, 2005, 3rd round, 74th pick overall
DL – Osi Umenyiora, Troy, 2003, 2nd round, 56th pick overall
DL/LB – Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina, 1981, 1st round, 2nd pick overall
LB – Jesse Armstead, Miami, 1993, 8th round, 207th pick overall
LB – Harry Carson, South Carolina State, 1976, 4th round, 105th pick overall
LB – Bradley Van Pelt, Michigan State, 1973, 2nd round, 40th pick overall
DB – Mark Collins, Cal State-Fullerton, 1986, 2nd round, 44th pick overall
DB – Mark Haynes, Colorado, 1980, 1st round, 8th pick overall
DB – Terry Kinard, Clemson, 1983, 1st round, 10th pick overall
DB – Jimmy Patton, Ole Miss, 1955, 8th round, 92nd pick overall