Ideally, a team wants to hit the jackpot on all it’s draft picks. Rarely, if ever, is that the case. Today, we take a look at some of the big “misses” by the New York Giants over the last twenty years.
The New York Giants are busy preparing for the 2020 NFL draft I often find myself thinking about ways David Gettleman can improve the roster. I also look back at previous draft years to evaluate how Big Blue has done historically.
Every year, franchises spend invaluable resources, getting ready for the big day. All the countless hours spent driving across the country scouting players, meeting with college coaches, and all in preparation for one event, NFL draft.
Drafting the right players in the early rounds is always crucial. The higher pick used to select a player, the higher the expectations become for said player. Later round picks don’t come with the same pressure. But it’s always great to find a late-round gem that somehow slipped through the cracks and fell right into a team’s lap.
Every franchise across professional sports has at least one draft pick they wish they could do-over. For example, the Portland Trailblazers would love a mulligan on the 1986 NBA Draft. They selected Sam Bowie second overall in the 1984 NBA draft over “the man the myth the legend,” Michael Jordan.
There’s a famous saying that hindsight is always twenty-twenty. That is never more evident in the world of sports than on draft night or at the trade deadline.
Different franchises and scouts have their various ways of evaluating players and formulating a plan for the draft. But one common theme every year is how teams tend to overvalue or undervalue a player. Those mistakes most often happen in the early rounds of the draft, particularly the first round.