History of New York Giants First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

As their first-round NFL Draft picks history shows, the New York Giants lay claim to one of the greatest defenders of all time. Past that, how have they fared?

The New York Giants are one of the few NFL franchises whose history stretches all the way back to 1936, and yet, their first-round NFL Draft picks record is relatively light. Here’s a look at how the Giants have fared over almost a century of Round 1 opportunities and which direction they’re tracking in the modern era.

New York Giants First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

Despite being around since 1936, the Giants have only seen three first-round picks go on to join the Hall of Fame ranks. To their credit, one of those players — 1981 first-round pick Lawrence Taylor — is one of the few defensive players ever to win league MVP and is viewed as one of the greatest defenders of all time.

In the modern era, the Giants’ showing in Round 1 of the 2004 NFL Draft proved most consequential for their future. Technically, Philip Rivers was New York’s selection at QB, but they swapped Rivers for Chargers’ pick Eli Manning. Though Manning was a polarizing player throughout his career, he helped the Giants win two Super Bowls — both against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

2024

  • Malik Nabers | Pick 6
    WR, LSU

2023

  • Deonte Banks | Pick 24
    CB, Maryland

2022

  • Kayvon Thibodeaux | Pick 5
    EDGE, Oregon
  • Evan Neal | Pick 7
    OT, Alabama

2021

  • Kadarius Toney | Pick 20
    WR, Florida

2020

  • Andrew Thomas | Pick 4
    OT, Georgia

2019

  • Daniel Jones | Pick 6
    QB, Duke
  • Dexter Lawrence | Pick 17
    DT, Clemson
  • Deandre Baker | Pick 30
    CB, Georgia

2018

  • Saquon Barkley | Pick 2
    RB, Penn State

2017

  • Evan Engram | Pick 23
    TE, Mississippi

2016

  • Eli Apple | Pick 10
    CB, Ohio State

2015

  • Ereck Flowers | Pick 9
    OL, Miami (FL)

2014

  • Odell Beckham Jr. | Pick 12
    WR, LSU

2013

  • Justin Pugh | Pick 19
    OL, Syracuse

2012

  • David Wilson | Pick 32
    RB, Virginia Tech

2011

  • Prince Amukamara | Pick 19
    DB, Nebraska

2010

  • Jason Pierre-Paul | Pick 15
    DE, South Florida

2009

  • Hakeem Nicks | Pick 29
    WR, North Carolina

2008

  • Kenny Phillips | Pick 31
    DB, Miami (FL)

2007

  • Aaron Ross | Pick 20
    DB, Texas

2006

  • Mathias Kiwanuka | Pick 32
    DE, Boston College

2005

The Giants traded the 12th pick to the San Diego Chargers.

2004

  • Philip Rivers | Pick 4
    QB, North Carolina State

Rivers was traded to the San Diego Chargers as part of the trade for Eli Manning.

2003

  • William Joseph | Pick 25
    DT, Miami (FL)

2002

  • Jeremy Shockey | Pick 14
    TE, Miami (FL)

2001

  • Will Allen | Pick 22
    DB, Syracuse

2000

  • Ron Dayne | Pick 11
    RB, Wisconsin

1999

  • Luke Petitgout | Pick 19
    OT, Notre Dame

1998

  • Shaun Williams | Pick 24
    DB, UCLA

1997

  • Ike Hilliard | Pick 7
    WR, Florida

1996

  • Cedric Jones | Pick 5
    DE, Oklahoma

1995

  • Tyrone Wheatley | Pick 17
    RB, Michigan

1994

  • Thomas Lewis | Pick 24
    WR, Indiana

1993

The Giants forfeited the 13th pick after selecting Dave Brown in the 1992 Supplemental Draft.

1992

  • Derek Brown | Pick 14
    TE, Notre Dame

1991

  • Jarrod Bunch | Pick 27
    FB, Michigan

1990

  • Rodney Hampton | Pick 24
    RB, Georgia

1989

  • Brian Williams | Pick 18
    C, Minnesota

1988

  • Eric Moore | Pick 10
    G, Indiana

1987

  • Mark Ingram | Pick 28
    WR, Michigan State

1986

  • Eric Dorsey | Pick 19
    DE, Notre Dame

1985

  • George Adams | Pick 19
    RB, Kentucky

1984

  • Carl Banks | Pick 3
    LB, Michigan State
  • William Roberts | Pick 27
    G, Ohio State

1983

  • Terry Kinard | Pick 10
    DB, Clemson

1982

  • Butch Woolfolk | Pick 18
    RB, Michigan

1981

  • Lawrence Taylor* | Pick 2
    LB, North Carolina

1980

  • Mark Haynes | Pick 8
    DB, Colorado

1979

  • Phil Simms | Pick 7
    QB, Morehead State

1978

  • Gordon King | Pick 10
    OT, Stanford

1977

  • Gary Jeter | Pick 5
    DE, USC

1976

  • Troy Archer | Pick 13
    DT, Colorado

1975

The Giants traded the second pick to the Dallas Cowboys.

1974

  • John Hicks | Pick 3
    G, Ohio State

1973

The Giants traded the 16th pick to the Cleveland Browns.

1972

  • Eldridge Small | Pick 17
    DB, Texas A&M-Kingsville

1972

  • Larry Jacobson | Pick 24
    DT, Nebraska

1971

  • Rocky Thompson | Pick 18
    RB, West Texas A&M

1970

  • Jim Files | Pick 13
    LB, Oklahoma

1969

  • Fred Dryer | Pick 13
    DE, San Diego State

1968

The Giants traded the first pick to the Minnesota Vikings in the trade for Fran Tarkenton.

1967

The Giants traded the second pick to the Vikings as part of the Tarkenton trade.

1966

  • Francis Peay | Pick 10
    OT, Missouri

1965

  • Tucker Frederickson | Pick 1
    RB, Auburn

1964

  • Joe Don Looney | Pick 12
    HB, Oklahoma

1963

The Giants traded the 13th pick to the St. Louis Cardinals.

1962

  • Jerry Hillebrand | Pick 13
    LB, Colorado

1961

The Giants traded the 11th pick to the Baltimore Colts.

1960

  • Lou Cordileone | Pick 12
    DT, Clemson

1959

  • Lee Grosscup | Pick 10
    QB, Utah

1958

  • Phil King | Pick 12
    HB, Vanderbilt

1957

The Giants traded the 11th pick to the Los Angeles Rams.

1956

The Giants traded the sixth pick to the Los Angeles Rams.

1955

  • Joe Heap | Pick 8
    HB, Notre Dame

1954

The Giants traded the fourth pick to the Green Bay Packers.

1953

  • Bobby Marlow | Pick 8
    B, Alabama

1952

  • Frank Gifford* | Pick 11
    HB, USC

1951

  • Kyle Rote | Pick 1
    E, SMU
  • Jim Spavital | Pick 13
    B, Oklahoma State

1950

  • Travis Tidwell | Pick 7
    QB, Auburn

1949

  • Paul Page | Pick 4
    HB, SMU

1948

  • Skippy Minisi | Pick 2
    HB, Pennsylvania

1947

  • Vic Schwall | Pick 10
    HB, Northwestern

1946

  • George Connor* | Pick 5
    OT, Notre Dame

1945

  • Elmer Barbour | Pick 10
    BB, Wake Forest

1944

  • Billy Hillenbrand | Pick 6
    HB, Indiana

1943

  • Steve Filipowicz | Pick 6
    FB, Fordham

1942

  • Merle Hapes | Pick 8
    FB, Mississippi

1941

  • George Franck | Pick 6
    HB, Minnesota

1940

  • Grenny Lansdell | Pick 10
    HB, USC

1939

  • Walt Nielsen | Pick 10
    FB, Arizona

1938

  • George Karamatic | Pick 8
    FB, Gonzaga

1937

  • Ed Widseth | Pick 4
    OT, Minnesota

1936

  • Art Lewis | Pick 9
    OT, Ohio

*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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