10. 2012 Draft
While this was Reese’s worst draft in terms of overall production, it is not entirely his fault.
When the Giants drafted David Wilson out of Virginia Tech in the first round, expectations were sky-high. He may have started off his rookie season slowly, but by the end of it, fans were left wanting more. He had his biggest game against the New Orleans Saints during his rookie campaign. In that game, he broke a Giants record for all-purpose yards and also went on to score three touchdowns in a rout of the New Orleans Saints.
Who could forget the marvelous back flips that Wilson would do after his touchdowns? I, for one, sure miss him backflipping in end zones.
Anyway, unfortunately, Wilson’s playing career was derailed by a neck injury. He was forced to retire early due to the career ending injury. Reese couldn’t have predicted that the running back would suffer a career ending injury so early into his promising career.
The other big player from this draft was Rueben Randle. The wide receiver from LSU managed to gain over 2,500 yards and 20 touchdowns as a Giant. What I noticed about the receiver is that almost every training camp, he would draw rave reviews but that hardly translated into the season. In fact, he even admitted to being the cause of quite a bit of Eli’s 27 interceptions in 2013. Then he became a free agent as a 24-year-old with a very impressive resume.
He was signed by the Eagles and per the usual was raved about in camp, then cut before the season. He was recently signed by the Chicago Bears. Hopefully, he can experience success there.
In fact, only one player from this draft class played in an NFL game in the 2016 season, Matt McCants. He played in two games for the Chicago Bears and two games for the Oakland Raiders. None of these players drafted are even on the Giants roster after a mere four years.
Those two players headlined the 2012 draft class. In the end, there was a number two receiver an electric running back that could’ve been special.