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Pinpointing the Giants' top draft moves

From Strahan to Tiki, Big Blue has found success on draft day over the past 20 years

Updated: April 25, 2011, 11:44 AM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

As the New York Giants approach the 2011 NFL draft, ESPN New York decided to take a look back at the past two decades and some of the gems the Giants drafted.

There were more gems at certain positions than others but here's a few we thought were worth mentioning.

OFFENSE

QB -- Eli Manning (Round 1, 2004)

After a draft-night trade landed him in New York and sent Philip Rivers to San Diego, Manning has delivered a Super Bowl, gone 60-43 and is second in franchise history in completions (1,932) and yards (22,646) and third in touchdown passes (156).

RB -- Tiki Barber (Round 2, 1997)

The franchise's all-time leading rusher with 10,449 yards and 55 touchdowns and second in receptions as well.

[+] EnlargeAmani Toomer and Eli Manning
AP Photo/David DupreyAmani Toomer and Eli Manning helped lead the Giants to a Super Bowl in 2008.

RB -- Ahmad Bradshaw
(Round 7, 2007)

Rushed for 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season as the lead back last year. Only negatives have been injuries and fumbles.

WR -- Amani Toomer
(Round 2, 1996)

The franchise's all-time leading receiver with 668 receptions for 9,497 and 54 touchdowns.

WR -- Hakeem Nicks
(Round 1, 2009)

Nicks could emerge into a top-10 wide receiver in just his third season if he's able to remain healthy.

TE -- Jeremy Shockey
(Round 1, 2002)

He played six seasons before being traded but he was the most talented tight end the Giants had in the last decade.

OL-- Scott Gragg (Round 2, 1995)

Started four straight seasons for the Giants before finishing with 149 career starts in an 11-year career with the Giants, 49ers and Jets.

OL -- Roman Oben (Round 3, 1996)

Played 12 seasons and started 130 games, helping Tampa Bay win the Super Bowl during the 2002 season.

OL -- Luke Petitgout (Round 1, 1999)

Started 106 games for the Giants before a leg injury and Diehl's emergence led to his release.

OL -- David Diehl (Round 5, 2003)

Diehl started 127 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) until last season when hamstring and hip injuries sidelined him.

OL -- Chris Snee (Round 2, 2004)

Snee has become the rock of the offensive line and is in his prime having gone to three straight Pro Bowls.

DEFENSE

DL -- Michael Strahan (Round 2, 1993)

Future Hall of Famer led the Giants to the 2007 Super Bowl and finished with 141.5 career sacks, a record 22.5 coming in the 2001 season.

DL -- Osi Umenyiora (Round 2, 2003)

Speedy pass-rusher had 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles last season and now has a total of 60 sacks and 28 forced fumbles for his career.

DL -- Justin Tuck (Round 3, 2005)

Tuck has averaged 9.8 sacks the last four seasons, can play inside and outside and his impact goes beyond statistics.

DL -- Barry Cofield (Round 4, 2006)

This defensive tackle out of Northwestern immediately became a fixture in the Giants defense and has been a starter since his rookie season.

LB -- Jessie Armstead (Round 8, 1993)

An eighth-round pick that turned out to be so good he's still an inspiration to the Giants of today as evidenced by his uplifting speech to the team prior to a dominant win over the Bears last year.

LB -- Dhani Jones (Round 6, 2000)

Has had 113 or more combined tackles in the last three seasons for the Bengals and still found time to tackle the globe on the Travel Channel.

LB -- Mathias Kiwanuka (Round 1, 2006)

The Giants haven't drafted many great linebackers since 1990 so we're including Kiwanuka, who was drafted as a defensive end but started at linebacker in 2007 and played some LB last season before a neck injury ended his year after three games.

CB -- Phillippi Sparks (Round 2, 1992)

He may no longer be the most famous Sparks in the family but the defensive back had a total of 27 interceptions during his nine-year career.

CB -- Jason Sehorn (Round 2, 1994)

Sehorn had 19 interceptions, scored five touchdowns and added 5.5 sacks during his nine-year career.

CB -- Gibril Wilson (Round 4, 2004)

Became a starter for the Giants and helped them win the Super Bowl during the 2007 season.

CB -- Corey Webster (Round 2, 2005)

Has become the Giants' top corner and his pick off Brett Favre in overtime of the NFC Championship game helped send the Giants to the Super Bowl during the 2007 season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

P/K: Matt Stover (12th round, 1990)

Stover never played for the Giants but went on to play 19 years and made 471 field goals at an 83.7 percent clip.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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