Yesterday we took a look at the Giants 2004 draft picks. Today, we’ll continue to study the Giants’ draft history with their picks in 2005.
The 2005 draft saw the Giants draft only four players, the fewest of any NFL team that year. Two draft spots went to the Chargers, with the Manning-Rivers trade the year before. But even though the Giants only had four picks, the front office made them count by drafting players that had key roles in the most recent Super Bowl winning seasons.
2005 Giants’ Draft Picks:
Round 2, Pick No. 43: Corey Webster, CB LSU
Round 3, Pick No. 74: Justin Tuck, DE, Notre Dame
Round 4, Pick No. 110: Brandon Jacobs, RB, Southern Illinois
Round 6, Pick No. 186: Eric Moore, DE, Florida State
Webster is a nine year pro with the Giants who has played primarily cornerback on the opposing team’s best wide receiver. Last year, Webster suffered a hip flexor and played in only four games. His role will most likely be limited next season due to New York’s busy offseason. In his career, Webster has started 93 games, has had 20 interceptions, one touchdown, and 376 tackles.
One of the most important players for the Giants the past seven years, Justin Tuck was a leader and helped create a pass rush feared by every quarterback and offensive coordinator in the NFL. Tuck first made a name for himself in Super Bowl XLII when he sacked Tom Brady twice and also caused a forced fumble. For the next couple of years, Tuck played great alongside defensive linemen Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka. The two-time Pro Bowler has had 456 tackles, 60.5 sacks, two picks, and six fumble recoveries in his nine-year career with New York. This offseason, Tuck left the Giants and signed with the Oakland Raiders.
This hard-nosed running back was a great draft pick by the Giants organization and an extremely important piece in their two Super Bowl wins. After Tiki Barber unexpectedly retired after the 2006 season, Jacobs became the starting running back for the New York Giants. Jacobs rushed for over 1000 yards in his first season as a starter and quickly gained a reputation as a back no defensive player wanted to tackle one-on-one. The following season, Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward became only the fifth pair of running backs to rush for over 1000 yards in a single season.
After a brief stint in San Francisco, Jacobs returned to New York last season to finish his career with the Giants. During his time with the Giants, he rushed for 5087 yards, caught 82 passes for 743 yards, and had 64 touchdowns.
Moore played only his rookie season with the Giants recording four tackles. He then bounced around to four more teams before retiring with the Patriots in 2011.