Ranking the New York Giants' Last 10 First-Round Picks, Worst to Best

The New York Giants haven't been great over the past few years in the NFL Draft attributing to their lack of success.
September 21, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; New York Giants co-owner John Mara before the game
September 21, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; New York Giants co-owner John Mara before the game / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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5. Daniel Jones - 6th Overall

The moment that Daniel Jones was selected sixth overall nearly everyone understood that the team reached on Jones. The rookie season for the Duke product showed promise as he passed for 3,027 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Jason Garrett was then hired as the team tried to lower Jones' turnovers which resulted in him becoming slow to pull the trigger.

Injuries have derailed Jones' career paired with inconsistent play as through five seasons, Jones has played in just 60 games. He's passed for just 62 touchdowns with 40 interceptions in his career. Jones would rank much lower if not for a good 2022 season which earned him a contract extension however, the extension hasn't played out well.

4. Kayvon Thibodeaux - 5th Overall

The Giants' draft history over the past ten years is truly sad when you can put a second-year player in the top five of their last ten years. Thibodeaux through two seasons has shown great promise and with the addition of Brian Burns, he may hit a new level. In two seasons, Thibodeaux has 15.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and 59 solo tackles in 31 games.

In order for the pick of Thibodeaux to be seen as a massive success he'll need to ascend to another level. 2023, was a solid step in the right direction as Thibodeaux recorded 11.5 sacks but, now while sharing the line with Brian Burns and Dexter Lawrence, he'll need to take advantage of his one on one matchups.

3. Saquon Barkley - 2nd Overall Pick

Outside of traditional draft value, Saquon Barkley was a solid draft pick for the New York Giants. For his career, Saquon Barkley rushed for 5,211 yards with 2,100 yards receiving with 47 total touchdowns. Outside of injuries, nothing hurt Barkley more than the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. After Barkley's rookie season the Giants never had a true threat at receiver causing opposing defenses to load the box making it difficult for Barkley to succeed.

The legacy of Barkley in New York will be severely damaged after he left for Philadelphia. At the end of the day, the 27-year-old was the ultimate professional never once complaining about the lack of talent around him in an Era when stars constantly air their issues in the media. If not for the Daniel Jones extension we likely would've seen Barkley in a Giants uniform in 2024.