Who is the biggest NFL Draft bust in the history of the New York Giants?
The New York Giants have done a good job rebuilding their roster in recent seasons. Jerry Reese has spent big time in free agency to improve the talent and has begun hitting on more draft picks in recent years.
The Giants received contributions from every rookie in their 2016 NFL Draft class. The 2015 and 2014 draft classes have produced franchise building blocks such as Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., and Weston Richburg.
The success in the recent drafts has helped the Giants restock the talent and depth on their roster. But, Reese has not always found success in the NFL Draft. That is partly the reason that the Giants had to spend so much money last season in free agency to help get the team back on track.
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Reese has some major busts during his tenure as general manager. Some aren’t his fault, such as David Wilson getting injured and having to retire. Ereck Flowers has struggled mightily his first two seasons with the Giants, but there is still hope for him being so young.
But neither of those players are regarded as the biggest draft bust in Giants franchise history. That designation would go to tight end, Derek Brown.
ESPN NFL Nation reporters all picked one of their respective teams they cover, and Brown was ESPN New York’s Jordan Raanan’s pick for the biggest bust in team history. Brown was the 14th overall pick in 1992 out of Notre Dame. Here is what Raanan had to say about the selection.
"Brown was supposed to be an all-purpose tight end. That never materialized. A first-round pick is supposed to produce more than 401 yards and one receiving touchdown for his career. Brown had 11 receptions for 87 yards and no touchdowns with the Giants. That more than qualifies as a colossal bust. — Jordan Raanan"
Raanan is certainly correct that Brown would qualify as a bust. The Jets picked right after the Giants and selected another tight end, Johnny Mitchell, who produced a lot more than Brown did. Even the Giants third round pick that year, tight end Aaron Pierce, outproduced Brown.
Brown flies a bit under the radar because 1992 was the year that the Indianapolis Colts selected defensive end Steve Emtman with the first overall pick. Emtman is regarded as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, so Brown gets lucky that people overlook how poor of a selection he was as well.