2. 2007 NFL Draft
In his first year as a GM, Reese left many awestruck with one of the best drafts in recent Giants history.
With Reese’s first career pick, he selected Aaron Ross, a cornerback from Texas. The corner would proceed to start 43 games over the course of six seasons with the Giants. Although the stats do not wow, he was a pretty decent cornerback for a number of years.
With Reese’s second selection, he drafted wide receiver Steve Smith. This is not the HOF caliber Steve Smith that played for the Panthers and the Ravens. Smith had arguably one of the best seasons ever for a New York Giant playing wide receiver in 2009. He recorded 107 catches for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns. Unfortunately it was all downhill from there, knee injuries sapped his explosiveness and ended his career.
In the fourth round, long snapper Zak DeOssie was drafted. To this day, he is still the long snapper for the Giants.
Another gem was unearthed in the fifth round when tight end Kevin Boss was chosen. Boss was the successor to Jeremy Shockey and was destined for good things. Until the Raider snatched him away from the G-Men in the offseason.
This brings us to the seventh round of the 2007 draft. Reese would select one of my personal favorite former Giants and perhaps the best late round find in Reese’s career in Ahmad Bradshaw. In his Giants career, the running back would collect 4,232 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns. Who could forget his go-ahead tumbling touchdown against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI?
All in all, not only was this one of Reese’s best drafts, but this may have been one of the best drafts in Giants history.