Barring trades, or other unusual circumstances, NFL teams that win the Super Bowl will then have the last pick in the first round of the next NFL Draft. The New York Giants, my favorite NFL team, have played in five Super Bowls, and we have won four. That includes our win in Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots in 2012. So we have the last pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Here are the players the New York Giants have taken with the last pick in the first round of the NFL Draft the three previous times they won the Super Bowl.
New York Giants Players Drafted with Last Pick in First Round of the NFL Draft After Winning a Super Bowl
Image Source by Stephen D. Luke (Madonna performing at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI)
1. Mark Ingram- 28th pick in 1987 NFL Draft
After winning Super Bowl XXI over the Denver Broncos on January 25, 1987, the New York Giants took wide receiver Mark Ingram with the 28th and last pick of the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft. Mark Ingram was never a superstar player for the Giants, but he made a critical play against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV that helped us win the game.
With the Giants trailing by a score of 12-10 in the third quarter of Super Bowl XXV, Jeff Hostetler hit Mark Ingram with a short pass on third down and the Giants needing 13 yards for a first down. Ingram took the pass and made a series of nifty moves, while breaking five tackles, to gain 14 yards and the first down. The Giants drove the ball in for a TD, to take a 17-12 lead. We won the game, 20-19, when Scott Norwood missed a 49 yard field goal attempt as time expired.
For his career with the Giants, Mark Ingram caught 136 passes for 2,211 yards, and 11 TD's. For his NFL career, Mark Ingram caught 265 passes for 3,926 yards, with 26 TD's.
2. Jarrod Bunch- 27th pick in 1991 NFL Draft
After winning Super Bowl XXV in 1991, the New York Giants took running back Jarrod Bunch with the 27th and last pick of the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft. Bunch was a big fullback out of the University of Michigan. He had talent, Bunch rushed for 501 yards with a 4.8 yards per carry average in 1992, but he suffered a serious knee injury in 1993 that ruined his NFL career.
For his career, Jarrod Bunch rushed for 629 yards, with a 4.6 yards per carry average. His career was over by 1994, with his last career carry coming in the 1993 season.
3. Kenny Phillips- 31st pick in 2008 NFL Draft
After defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII in 2008, the New York Giants took safety Kenny Phillips with the 31st and last pick of the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Over the four years since that draft, Kenny Phillips has started in 35 games, and played in 49 games for the Giants. Phillips has made 182 tackles, and had eight interceptions over those 49 games.
In the 2011 season, Kenny Phillips recorded 63 tackles and had four interceptions. He also had six tackles and two passes defended in the Giants Super Bowl XLVI win over the New England Patriots on February 5, 2012.
Two of the three players the New York Giants drafted with the last pick in the first round of the NFL Draft in the years that we won Super Bowls in, turned out to be important players helping us win another Super Bowl. Mark Ingram made a critical play to help us win Super Bowl XXV in 1991, and Kenny Phillips was a key defender in the Giants secondary for our win in Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
Will the player the New York Giants take with the 32nd and last pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft be able to help us win a future Super Bowl? As most New York Giants fan are, I am very curious to see who the Giants will draft with the 32nd pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
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.