Jerry Reese has brought his share of talent to the Giants since he took over as general manager for Ernie Accorsi in 2007. But even he would be hard-pressed to argue that last year’s draft was not his finest moment.
While it did bring first-rounder Hakeem Nicks, a big-play wide receiver, to an offense that badly needed one after now-incarcerated Plaxico Burress nearly blew his leg off with that Glock, that draft has produced more misses than hits. Fourth-round running back Andre Brown was cut just yesterday and claimed by the Broncos. Also out of the organization completely are sixth-round corner Deandre White and seventh-round safety Stoney Woodson.
Second-round linebacker Clint Sintim failed to capitalize on an opportunity to win the strongside spot this training camp, forcing the Giants to give up on the Keith Bulluck-to-middle linebacker experiment and put Bulluck back outside. At this point, Sintim has bust written all over him.
It also appears that second-round tackle William Beatty has failed to wrestle the left side job away from David Diehl after showing some ability in fill-in roles last season. At least he’ll add solid depth. Third-round receiver Ramses Barden has yet to play a down in the regular season, and is now trying to get over a fractured transverse process in his spine. And tight end Travis Beckum has shown little in the way of impact, though part of it is the coaching staff’s fault for using him in a nebulous H-back role.
Finally, fifth-round quarterback Rhett Bomar is back for his second go-around on the practice squad. Call his situation a case of bad luck. He did some things very well in extensive preseason action, such as making plays with his legs and throwing a nice deep ball. But his overall rawness caused the front office to trade for Vikings backup Sage Rosenfels. But at least Bomar is still with the organization in some capacity, and could easily be promoted to the roster should injury befall either Eli Manning or Rosenfels.
Nine picks, one star, three gone entirely, one on the practice squad for a second year, one bust in the making, one still waiting for a chance on the playing field, and two role players. Not a great 2009 scorecard.