Happy Easter Sunday!!! We continue our look back through the past decade of Giants’ draft picks with the 2006 NFL draft.
The Giants’ front office in 2006 did not do nearly as well with their draft picks as they had in previous years. Only two players have contributed substantially to the New York Giants from this 2006 class.
2006 Giants’ Draft Picks:
Round 1, Pick No. 32: Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College
Round 2, Pick No. 44: Sinorice Moss, WR, Miami
Round 3, Pick No. 96: Gerris Wilkinson, LB, Georgia Tech
Round 4, Pick No. 124: Barry Cofield, DT, Northwestern
Round 4, Pick No. 129: Guy Whimper, G, East Carolina
Round 5, Pick No. 158: Charlie Peprah, DB, Alabama
Round 7, Pick No. 232: Gerrick McPherson, DB, Maryland
The defensive end out of Boston College has played well during his eight years in New York but has not shined like his counterparts Osi Umenyiora or Justin Tuck. During his career with the Giants, Kiwanuka has been asked to do a lot. Kiwanuka has repeatedly switched between an outside linebacker position and his natural position at defensive end. He has helped the Giants to two Super Bowl victories and will continue his career with the Giants next season. He has so far totaled 36 sacks, three interceptions, and 3769 tackles.
Sinorice Moss is the younger brother of the great Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss. Unfortunately, during Sinorice Moss’ four years in New York, he never accomplished anything close to what his older brother has accomplished, and never fulfilled any of the goals the Giants’ coaching staff had for Moss. He is still actively looking for work as a wide receiver, most recently playing with the CFL team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, in 2012.
Wilkinson was another 2006 draft pick that didn’t pan out as the Giants would have hoped. In five years with the Giants, Gerris started seven games and recorded 57 tackles. He last signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011 but was quickly cut from the team.
Barry Cofield is currently the starting nose tackle for the division rival Washington Redskins. Cofield spent five years with the Giants before leaving in 2011 for Washington. Cofield was and continues to be a very good defensive tackle starting all but one game in his eight years in the NFL. While in New York, Cofield was a menace up front alongside the likes of Strahan, Umenyiora, Tuck, and Kiwanuka. Cofield had 10.5 sacks and 210 tackles for the New York Giants.
The Giants second fourth round pick currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers but has had a very rocky career. While being drafted as a defensive end for the Giants he recorded no statistics. After three years with the Giants, Guy signed with the Jaguars where he found a starting position as an offensive tackle for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Whimper most recently played with the Steelers last season and is currently still with the team.
Shortly after Peprah’s rookie offseason, the Green Bay Packers claimed him off waivers. Peprah has played five season with the Packers, one with the Falcons, and one with the Cowboys.
Gerrick McPhearson, like Peprah, did not make any contributions to the New York Giants. He made the Giants’ practice squad in 2006 and was added to the active roster for short period of time later in the season.