The Giants lost wide receiver Mario Manningham to the San Francisco 49ers and have a need for another wide receiver to complement Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Should the New York Giants draft a wide receiver with their first round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft? Here's the history of the New York Giants taking wide receivers in the first round of the NFL Draft dating back to 1970.
These are all the WR's the New York Giants have taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1970. Players are listed chronologically from the latest backwards. The New York Giants are my favorite NFL team.
WR's New York Giants Have Drafted in First Round of the NFL Draft Since 1970
1. Hakeem Nicks- 29th pick in 2009 NFL Draft
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The Giants took Hakeem Nicks out of the University of North Carolina with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The selection of Nicks has turned out fantastically for us, as Hakeem Nicks has caught 202 passes with a 15.0 yards per catch average and 24 TD's for the Giants in the regular season.
In the postseason in 2011, Hakeem Nicks was also great and a big reason we went to and won Super Bowl XLVI. In the playoffs, Hakeem Nicks caught 18 passes for 325 yards and four TD's. In the Super Bowl, Nicks caught 10 passes for 109 yards, the most catches and yards of any receiver in Super Bowl XLVI, which we won 21-17 over the New England Patriots.
2. Ike Hilliard- 7th overall pick in 1997 NFL Draft
The Giants took Ike Hilliard out of the University of Florida with the seventh overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. Hilliard played eight years for us and caught 368 passes with a 12.8 yards per catch average and 27 TD's. For his NFL career, Ike Hilliard caught 546 passes with a 11.7 yards per catch average and 35 TD's.
Ike Hilliard was not a bust, but he had very limited ability to stretch the field for the New York Giants. He did help us get to Super Bowl XXXV, where we got toasted by the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7. Hilliard caught three passes in the Super Bowl for 30 yards. Overall, Ike Hilliard was not worth taking with the seventh pick in the 1997 draft.
3. Thomas Lewis- 24th pick in 1994 NFL Draft
Thomas Lewis was a bust that the New York Giants took with 24th overall pick in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft. Lewis only caught 74 passes with a 13.9 yards per catch average and five TD's over four seasons with the Giants.
4. Mark Ingram- 28th pick in 1987 NFL Draft
After winning our first Super Bowl in 1987 against the Denver Broncos, 39-20, the New York Giants took wide receiver Mark Ingram out of Michigan State with the 28th and last pick in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft. The pick turned out to be a good one, as Ingram caught 136 passes with a 16.3 yards per catch average and 11 TD's for the Giants from 1987-1992.
Mark Ingram made a fantastic play in Super Bowl XXV vs the Buffalo Bills, when he caught a short pass from Jeff Hostetler on third down and the Giants needing 13 yards for a first down. After the catch, Ingram made a series of nifty moves to dodge five tacklers and run for 14 yards and the first down. It was a critical play in the third quarter of the game keeping what turned out to be a TD drive alive, and helped the Giants defeat the Bills, 20-19.
For his NFL career, Mark Ingram caught 265 passes with a 14.8 yards per catch average and 26 TD's. Ingram was a great pick for us, as helped us to win our second Super Bowl after being drafted with the last pick in the first round of the 1987 draft, the year we won our first Super Bowl.
Giants Have Done Well Overall Taking WR's in First Round of NFL Draft
The first round selections of wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Mark Ingram turned out to be great picks for the New York Giants. Both WR's helped us win Super Bowls. The selection of Ike Hilliard turned out OK, as he helped us to reach a Super Bowl. Taking Thomas Lewis in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft was a big mistake.
So the New York Giants have taken a wide receiver with their first round pick in the NFL Draft four times since 1970. Three of the four times the pick turned out well, helping us get to three Super Bowls, and winning two of them.
With the loss of Mario Manninham to the 49ers, the Giants need another wide receiver on the team. Based upon past history, taking a WR with the 32nd and last pick in the 2012 NFL Draft would probably be a good idea for the New York Giants.
Joe Dorish is a lifelong New York Giants football fan who has attended many Giants games over the years, including Super Bowl XXI in the Rose Bowl in 1987.
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