Today we’ll study a very important draft in Giants’ history: the 2007 NFL Draft.
This draft was very important for the New York Giants since seven out of the eight rookies would see significant, starting and playing time during the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII run.
2007 Giants’ Draft Picks:
Round 1, Pick No. 20: Aaron Ross, DB, Texas
Round 2, Pick No. 51: Steve Smith, WR, USC
Round 3, Pick No. 81: Jay Alford, DT, Penn State
Round 4, Pick No. 116: Zak DeOssie, LB, Brown
Round 5, Pick No. 153: Kevin Boss, TE, Western Oregon
Round 6, Pick No. 190: Adam Koets, OT, Oregon State
Round 7, Pick No. 224: Michael Johnson, DB, Arizona
Round 7, Pick No. 250: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Marshall
Ross made an impact beginning in his rookie season recording three interceptions and 35 tackles. During his entire career, Aaron Ross has dealt with various injuries and inconsistent play. After playing five seasons with the Giants, Ross signed with the Jaguars for one season before returning to the Giants for the 2013 season. Aaron Ross is currently in the market to join a new team for the upcoming 2014 season.
Steve Smith was what Victor Cruz is today for the Giants organization, Eli Manning’s safety blanket. Smith didn’t contribute much during the first 16 games of his career, only catching eight passes for 63 yards. Although in his first playoff run, he played outstanding, becoming a reliable third down receiver while always moving the chains.
In the following two years, Smith became Eli Manning’s favorite target, while also making the 2009 Pro Bowl. Smith also broke the New York Giants’ franchise record for most receptions in a single season in that same year. Unfortunately, he signed with the Eagles during the 2011 free-agency, had nagging injuries and never was the same player. He retired with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013.
Alford never made much of an impact with the Giants, except for one very important sack in Super Bowl XLII. The large defensive tackle sacked Tom Brady with less than one minute left in the game to help the Giants’ secure their NFL championship. He remained with the Giants the following year, signed with Oakland in 2010, and played with the UFL and CFL until 2013.
Zak DeOssie, son of former New York Giant Steve DeOssie, is currently the long-snapper for the Giants. As a rookie, DeOssie earned the long snapping duties midway through the season and hasn’t relinquished them since. The two-time pro bowler has been a very capable and consistent long snapper throughout his career.
After veteran Jeremy Shockey had a season ending leg injury in the 15th game of the season, Boss stepped in and performed great during the Giants’ postseason run. Boss earned the starting job the following year after Shockey was traded to the Saints. Kevin stayed with the Giants for four years, before signing with the Oakland Raiders in 2011. He last played for the Chiefs in 2013. While with the Giants, Boss had 119 receptions, 1,600 yards, and 18 touchdowns.
Koets spent four years with the New York Giants organization. He never significantly contributed to the team and was waived after the 2010 season.
Johnson started five games his rookie season at free safety and had 25 tackles. Johnson was a reliable starter for the next two seasons and contributed to a very good Giants’ defense. He last played with the Giants’ in 2010.
Bradshaw is currently with Indianapolis Colts, but made his mark with the New York Giants. Bradshaw emerged late in his rookie season and greatly helped with Giants’ 2007 playoff run. The following season, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Bradshaw became such an effective trio of running backs the media affectionately called them Earth, Wind, and Fire.
In 2010, Bradshaw replaced Jacobs as the starting running back and helped the Giants win another Super Bowl in 2012. After the 2013 season, the Giants released Bradshaw and he quickly signed with the Colts. During his time with the Giants, Bradshaw rushed for 4,232 yards on 962 carries and had 35 touchdowns.