‘NYG Draft Class Challenge’ on Giants.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Great teams are built through drafts. Even greater debates are built through brackets.

Giants.com is combining all of the above in the “NYG Draft Class Challenge,” to determine which  draft class the fans feel is best in franchise history.

Beginning Tuesday, March 19, a voting window will open up on Giants.com, where fans will decide which classes advance and will be able to re-live the distant (and not-so-distant) history of Giants draft picks with through videos, articles, photo galleries, and more.

The field has been narrowed to 16 classes, which are divided into four regions: Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium, Giants Stadium, and MetLife Stadium. Voting will take place each week from Monday-Thursday, and the winners of each round will be revealed on the same Friday. Making things more interesting, the championship will be decided by a one-day voting extravaganza on Monday, April 8.

Following is a schedule of the challenge from 16 classes down to one:

Round of 16: March 19-21 (Winners revealed Fri., March 22)
Quarterfinals: March 25-28 (Winners revealed Fri., March 29)
Semifinals: April 1-4 (Winners revealed Fri., April 5)
Championship: April 8 (Winner revealed Tues., April 9)

Now for a look at the contestants, broken down by region with notable class members:

GIANTS STADIUM REGION
1983: DB Terry Kinard, DE Leonard Marshall, T Karl Nelson, DB Perry Williams, LB Andy Headen, K Ali Haji-Sheikh
1965: RB Tucker Frederickson, RB Chuck Mercien, DB Willie Williams, DB Spider Lockhart
1987: WR Mark Ingram, WR Stephen Baker, WR Odessa Turner, T Doug Riesenberg,
2003: DE Osi Umenyiora, TE Visanthe Shiancoe, T David Diehl, WR David Tyree

POLO GROUNDS REGION
2004: QB Phillip Rivers, G Chris Snee, DE Reggie Torbor, S Gibril Wilson
1981: LB Lawrence Taylor, G Billy Ard
1986: DE Eric Dorsey, DB Mark Collins, NT Erik Howard, LB Pepper Johnson
1956: LB Sam Huff, DE Jim Katcavage, K Don Chandler

METLIFE STADIUM REGION
1984: LB Carl Banks, G Williams Roberts, QB Jeff Hostetler, LB Gary Reasons, WR Lionel Manuel
1979: QB Phil Simms, WR Earnest Gray
2007: CB Aaron Ross, WR Steve Smith, NT Jay Alford, LB Zak Deossie, TE Kevin Boss, S Michael Johnson, RB Ahmad Bradshaw
1993: DE Michael Strahan, LB Jessie Armstead

YANKEE STADIUM REGION
1989: C Brian Williams, G Bob Kratch, DB Greg Jackson, RB Dave Meggett, TE Howard Cross, DB Myron Guyton 
1997: WR Ike Hilliard, RB Tiki Barber, LB Ryan Phillips, P Brad Maynard, SS Sam Garnes
2005: CB Corey Webster, DE Justin Tuck, RB Brandon Jacobs 
1955: DT Rosey Grier, FB Mel Triplett, DB Jimmy Patton

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