We all know that it takes a few years to see how well a player will do in the NFL. So I thought it would be interesting to go back and give the Giants 2009 draft class grades based on their performance in the past 3 years. Any player no longer on the team I gave an automatic F.
Round 1: Hakeem Nicks, WR: A+
3,034 yards and 24 TDs in 3 years, 'nuff said
2: Clint Sintim, LB: B-
Sat most of 2009, had a decent 2010, but then missed 2011 due to injury. Probably still a little early to judge him.
2: Will Beatty, OT: B
Has played decent in games he's started, but has struggled with injuries. Some have questioned whether he's tough enough to be a our starting left tackle, but right now he seems to be our left tackle of the future. However, he'll need to show some improvement next year to solidify a starting spot on the o-line.
3: Ramses Barden, WR: D
Has yet to break 100 yards in a season. Training camp this year could be his final chance to prove himself. If he doesn't impress the coaches in August he could very well fail to make the team.
3: Travis Beckum, TE: B
Has been a solid back-up TE, particularly as a blocker.
4: Andre Brown, RB: D-
Was injured in 2009, failed to make the team in 2010 and bounced around the league, now back on the Giants practice squad. Any player that is no longer on the team I'm giving an F, but because he's back on the practice squad I upgraded his grade slightly. But on the plus side, he came up with the "I Got a Ring" song.
5: Rhett Bomar, QB: F
No longer on the Giants, currently on the Oakland Raiders
6: DeAndre White, CB: F
No longer on the Giants, currently a free agent after being cut from the Browns practice squad in 2010 and not playing in 2011
7: Stoney Woodson, CB: F
No longer in the NFL, currently in the AFL
Overall: B, Reese struck gold with Hakeem Nicks, he's a top 5 WR. The other top few picks have had some injury issues but (except Barden) have been solid but not spectacular when they play. I can't blame Reese for the last few guys failing to make the team, the later rounds are a crap shoot, so any production you get from rounds 5-7 I consider to be a bonus.