New York Giants: Top 10 First Round Draft Picks of All-Time
By Mike Luca
6. William Roberts, G (1984, #27)
Just barely overshadowed by Carl Banks, the Giants first of two first round picks in the 1984 draft, the Pro Bowl offensive guard made Ottis Anderson’s Super Bowl XXV MVP performance (21-102-1) all the more possible.
Roberts’ iron-man consistency (126 starts) combined with how highly he came off of the board as a guard allows him to lead the charge of New York o-line greats.
Whatever stock can earnestly be taken in the measure of approximate value, a baseball statistic adapted to quantify a lineman’s playing time and intangibles along the trenches, Roberts scores a modest 69. That ties for 19th-best as a New York Giant, though Chris Snee and David Diehl are the only big uglies ahead of him.
Many youngsters will struggle to recall his name, but Ereck Flowers and Justin Pugh would be correct in idolizing him.
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