HOW THE GIANTS DRAFT BY POSITION VALUE SINCE 2004
"A lot is made of New York Giants General Manager Jerry
Reese and his NFL Draft
philosophy. Since he took over as GM in 2007, the common theme is "take the best
player available." But going back to the 2004 NFL
Draft when Big Blue traded for franchise quarterback Eli Manning, has the
team really acted on that current philosophy or did Ernie Accorsi see things
differently? Moreover, is that really the philosophy they follow now?
Giants personnel work the phones before the
Giants made their first round pick at the 2010 NFL
Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York
April 22, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL
Rounds one through four of the NFL Draft are widely considered "impact rounds," so the
best way to get a feel for where the Giants stand and what they value most is by
looking at how they draft for value in those rounds. To do that, of course, you
need to have an understanding of the NFL
Draft value chart.
Below is a compilation of data based on the NFL Draft value chart and the Giants' selections over the
first four rounds between 2004 and 2011.
|Avg. Sel. #|
Although Eli Manning wasn't drafted #1 overall by the Giants, his value
selection by the San Diego Chargers was 3,000 which is where he falls in the
above chart. If, however, you were to tally the value of the picks traded for
him (including Phillip Rivers), the value would then be as follows:
[*]Phillip Rivers (4th overall) 1,800[*]2004 3rd Round Pick 265[*]2005 1st Round Pick 1,200[*]2005 5th Round Pick 34[*]TOTAL: 3,299[/list]
Here is a look at the above information in a pie chart (keep in mind,
percentages are rounded off):
What stands out most is that 71% of the value of all draft picks over the
first four rounds since 2004 have been at four positions: Quarterback (the
franchise QB), cornerback, defensive end and wide receiver.
What can be taken from that is simple: the Giants' strengths are most
certainly built during the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. QB
and WR result in the highly dangerous Big Blue passing attack, while DE and CB
result in the equally as dangerous defensive pass rush.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, besides the quarterback (which, again, was the
franchise QB with the highest value), the greatest value has been placed at the
cornerback position, with four selections all averaging a first-round pick
Prince Amukamra slipped to the Giants in the first-round during the 2011 NFL Draft and
was considered the "best player available."
Note: The average value at cornerback is a first-round pick, but not
all CBs were drafted in the first round (Terrell Thomas, 2nd round and Corey
Webster, 2nd round)."
Looking beyond the top 71% value, the Giants have continued to focus much of
their attention on the defensive line, but of the interior variety with 8%.
There are four selections there that average a third-round pick, and whom also
directly contribute to the success of the pass rush.
Going into the 2012 NFL Draft, the Giants' primary cause for concern is at
the tight end position. As you can see by the numbers above, less than 1% of
their overall value has been spent on tight ends, with their only selection
Beckum (3rd round, 100th overall) in 2009. Beckum will likely begin the 2012
season on the Physically Unable Perform (PUP) List with a torn ACL.
A total of 7% of their overall value has been spent on the offensive line,
with no value at the center position. Three of the four players drafted remain
with the team, two of whom (Will Beatty and Chris Snee) are starters.
Based on all of these numbers, it seems like the Giants draft for pass rush
and pass offense as opposed to "best player available." Then again, one could
make the argument that it's merely a coincidence and the best player(s)
available since 2004 have primarily been those that strengthen both the aerial
attack and pass rush (see: Mathias
Amukamara and Hakeem
Nicks as primary examples).
Whatever case may be, there does appear to be a method to the madness.