The big dollars go to first-round draft picks in the NFL, so making the right call is crucial. Here's a look at how the Giants have fared in first-round picks since 1986.

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1986: ERIC DORSEY, Defensive end, Notre Dame
Drafted: First round, No. 19 overall
Seven sacks in seven seasons doesn't sound like much. It's not. But on a defense that featured Lawrence Taylor, Carl Banks and Harry Carson, Dorsey managed to find his way into the starting lineup. Although he never dominated and injuries forced an early retirement, Dorsey does have two Super Bowl rings, which is nice.
Impact: Miss

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1987: MARK INGRAM, Wide receiver, Michigan State
Drafted: First round, No. 28 overall
Ingram never had a 1,000-yard season as a receiver, but he was the top wideout for a Giants team that was centered more around the running game. Ingram played nine years in the NFL, the first six with the Giants where he had 136 catches for 2,211 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Impact: Hit

1988: ERIC MOORE, Tackle, Indiana
Drafted: First round, No. 10 overall
Moore played eight seasons in the NFL, the first six with the Giants. He was a starter on the 1990 team that was eighth in rushing and also happened to win Super Bowl XXV.
Impact: Hit

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1989: BRIAN WILLIAMS, Center, Minnesota
Drafted: First round, No. 18 overall
Williams spent nine years with the Giants, becoming the starting center in 1994. A severe eye injury cost Williams the 1997 and '98 seasons, but he returned and started 12 games in 1999.
Impact: Hit

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1990: RODNEY HAMPTON, Running back, Georgia
Drafted: First round, No. 24 overall
Hampton played seven-plus seasons and eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards five times. He was a two-time Pro Bowler, and he retired in 1997 as the Giants' all-time leading rusher. That record stood for seven years until Tiki Barber broke it.
Impact: Hit

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1991: JARROD BUNCH, Running back, Michigan
Drafted: First round, No. 27 overall
Bunch played three seasons for the Giants, and then three games with the Raiders before injuries forced him to retire. Bunch amassed 629 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 138 carries for the Giants.
Impact: Miss

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1992: DEREK BROWN, Tight End, Notre Dame
Drafted: First round, No. 14 overall
In three seasons with the Giants, Brown had 11 catches for 87 yards and zero touchdowns. Over the next four seasons, he appeared in 60 games for three different teams and had 32 receptions.
Impact: Miss.

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1992: DAVE BROWN, Quarterback, Duke
Drafted: Supplemental draft, first round, No. 1 overall
In his three full seasons as a starter, Brown ranked in the top 3 in sacks each time. He was 26-34 as a starter with 44 touchdown passes and 58 interceptions.
Impact: Miss

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1993: MICHAEL STRAHAN, Defensive end, Texas Southern
Drafted: Second round, No. 40 overall
The Giants had no first-round pick in the 1993 NFL draft, which turned out perfectly. They got first-round talent at second-round dollars. Strahan turned into one of the best pass-rushers in NFL history and holds the single-season record with 22.5 sacks (thank you, Brett Favre). In 15 seasons, Strahan totaled 141.5 sacks, 7 Pro Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl ring thanks to his "Stomp you out" approach in the 2007 playoffs.
Impact: Hit

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1994: THOMAS LEWIS, Wide receiver, Indiana
Drafted: First round, No. 24 overall
In his only season as a full-time starter (1996), Lewis caught 53 passes for 694 yards and four touchdowns. Over four pro seasons, Lewis totaled 74 catches for 1,032 yards and five touchdowns.
Impact: Miss

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1995: TYRONE WHEATLEY, Running back, Michigan
Drafted: First round, No. 17 overall
Wheatley played in 46 games over four seasons with the Giants and totaled 1,280 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He made his biggest impact with the Raiders, where he ran for more than 900 yards twice in six seasons.
Impact: Miss

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1996: CEDRIC JONES, Defensive end, Oklahoma
Drafted: First round, No. 5 overall
Jones was the starting right defensive end for the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, which turned out to be his last pro game. Five seasons and 15.5 sacks aren't too bad considering he only started 35 games, but for a No. 5 overall pick, that's not enough production.
Impact: Miss.

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1997: IKE HILLIARD, Wide receiver, Florida
Drafted: First round, No. 7 overall
Hilliard spent eight years with the Giants, playing opposite Amani Toomer. In that time, Hilliard racked up 368 catches for 4,630 yards, good for fifth and eighth in franchise history, respectively.
Impact: Hit

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1998: SHAUN WILLIAMS, Defensive back, UCLA
Drafted: First round, No. 24 overall
He played eight seasons with the Giants, only four of which he was completely healthy. In those four seasons, Williams was a good safety. But knee injuries ultimately shortened his career.
Impact: Hit

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1999: LUKE PETITGOUT, Tackle, Notre Dame
Drafted: First round, No. 19 overall
In eight years with the Giants, Petitgout started all but eight games on the offensive line. Seven of those eight games were in his rookie season, which speaks to his consistency as a veteran presence. A broken leg midway through the 2006 season ended his career in New York. The left tackle was a steady blocker but was often plagued by false start penalties.
Impact: Hit

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2000: RON DAYNE, Running back, Wisconsin
Drafted: First round, No. 11 overall
Over four seasons, he was the "thunder" to Tiki Barber's "lightning." For the way he was used, Dayne put up decent numbers -- 16 touchdowns and a 3.5 yards per rush average. But being that high of a draft pick, that's not enough.
Impact: Miss

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2001: WILL ALLEN, Defensive back, Syracuse
Drafted: First round, No. 22 overall
Allen played five seasons with the Giants and was a pretty good cover man. He had four interceptions as a rookie, then totaled four over the next four seasons before leaving as free agent to join Miami. He was replaced by 32-year-old Sam Madison, who made seven interceptions in three seasons.
Impact: Miss

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2002: JEREMY SHOCKEY, Tight end, Miami
Drafted: First round, No. 14 overall
Shockey spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the Giants and made four trips to the Pro Bowl. He was as outspoken off the field as he was productive on the field. He had 510 receptions and 33 touchdowns with the Giants before going to the New Orleans Saints.
Impact: Hit

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WILLIAM JOSEPH, Defensive tackle, Miami
Drafted: First round, No. 25 overall
Joseph played 55 games in four seasons for the Giants, only 17 of which were starts. He was on injured reserve in 2007, the year the Giants won Super Bowl XLII.
Impact: Miss

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2004: PHILIP RIVERS / ELI MANNING, Quarterbacks, N.C. State / Ole Miss
Drafted: First round, No. 4 overall
Technically, the Giants drafted Philip Rivers, but he was immediately traded (along with draft picks) to San Diego for Eli Manning in a pre-arranged deal. Manning rewarded then-GM Ernie Accorsi by leading the Giants to the improbable Super Bowl XLII win over the then-undefeated New England Patriots.
Impact: Hit

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2005: COREY WEBSTER, Defensive back, LSU
Drafted: Second round, No. 43 overall
The Giants' first-round pick in 2005 went to San Diego in the 2004 draft-day trade for Eli Manning, so Webster was the team's first pick. Webster has been up and down in six seasons, ending 2010 on an up with a career high four interceptions.
Impact: Hit

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2006: MATHIAS KIWANUKA, Defensive end, Boston College
Drafted: First round, No. 32 overall
With Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora already occupying the defensive end positions, Kiwanuka worked at linebacker in 2007 before moving back to the D-line in 2008. Starting 41 of 61 games in four-plus seasons, Kiwanuka has amassed 166 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. A bulging disc in his neck forced Kiwanuka to miss the last 13 games in 2010 and has his career in jeopardy.
Impact: Hit

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2007: AARON ROSS, Defensive back, Texas
Drafted: First round, No. 20 overall
Ross played well in his first two seasons -- 6 picks, 17 passes defensed -- then missed most of 2009 with an injury. He returned in 2010 but started only one game and was used mainly in nickel and dime packages.
Impact: Miss

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2008: KENNY PHILLIPS, Defensive back, Miami
Drafted: First round, No. 31 overall
Phillips missed 14 games in 2009 because of a knee injury that threatened to end his career. He returned in 2010, started 15 games and had 77 tackles, 1 interception, 3 fumble recoveries and five passes defensed.
Impact: Hit

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2009: HAKEEM NICKS, Wide receiver, North Carolina
Drafted: First round, No. 29 overall
Despite missing three games in his second season, Nicks put up the kind of numbers you expect from a first-round draft pick: 79 catches, 1,052 yards, 11 touchdowns. Nicks emerged as the team's top receiver and a serious deep threat among NFL receivers.
Impact: Hit

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2010: JASON PIERRE-PAUL, Defensive end, South Florida
Drafted: First round, No. 15 overall
Pierre-Paul played in all 16 games as a rookie, totaling 4.5 sacks and 6 passes defensed. He forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles as well. He broke out his second season, finishing with 72 tackles and 16.5 sacks.
Impact:: Hit

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2011: PRINCE AMUKAMARA, Cornerback, Nebraska
Drafted: First round, No. 19 overall
Amukamara's rookie season was abbreviated after he broke his hand early in training camp, but he since has grown into becoming a good cornerback.
Impact:: Hit

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2012: DAVID WILSON, Running back, Virginia Tech
Drafted: First round, No. 32 overall
Wilson showed flashes of explosiveness on offense and special teams in his first two seasons, but was forced to retire in 2014 due to neck issues.
Impact:: Miss

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2013: JUSTIN PUGH, Tackle, Syracuse
Drafted: First round, No. 19 overall
Pugh was thrust into action at right tackle during his rookie season due to numerous injuries along the offensive line He's played there ever since and has not disappointed as one of the team's steadier linemen.
Impact:: Hit

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2014: ODELL BECKHAM JR. Wide receiver, LSU
Drafted: First round, No. 12 overall
Beckham missed the first five games of his rookie season with a bad hamstring, but smashed numerous franchise and NFL records and won the hearts of NFL fans with his crazy catches on his way to Offensive Rookie of the Year. He has followed it up every season since then, though his temper sometimes has gotten the better of him.
Impact:: Hit

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2015: ERECK FLOWERS, Offensive tackle, Miami (Fla.
Drafted: First round, No. 9 overall
The Giants drafted Flowers to be their franchise left tackle, but he has struggled in pass protection in each of his first two seasons. He still has a year to sort out his pass-blocking woes.
Impact:: Too early to tell

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2016: ELI APPLE, Cornerback, Ohio State, LSU
Drafted: First round, No. 10 overall
Apple joined an already-potent Giants secondary, and while he didn't blow anyone away, he was a valuable contributor, recording one interception and forcing a fumble in 14 games (11 starts).
Impact:: Too early to tell

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