Ranking the 5 biggest NFL Draft busts in NY Giants history

Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks Dallas
Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks Dallas / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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2. OT Ereck Flowers

Being just four years removed from their legendary Super Bowl victory, the NY Giants were in need of a new franchise left tackle. With that in mind, they made the, at the time, obvious choice of Ereck Flowers out of Miami. Boy, this draft pick would go down in infamy with how iconically bad Flowers was for the Giants.

In his rookie season, Flowers would start in all of the 15 games he appeared in, allowing five sacks and 69 total pressures in 616 pass-blocking snaps. Alongside this, Flowers would also be responsible for 10 penalties alone. However, offensive tackles usually struggle in their first season, surely he'd improve in Year 2, right?

While you could technically say Flowers improved, it was incredibly minimal, and considering how well the Giants needed him to play, things certainly weren't looking good for him. In his second season, Flowers would allow four sacks and 59 pressures this time, however, he'd rack up 13 penalties this time around.

Following a disastrous third season, Dave Gettleman opted to sign Nate Solder to replace Flowers at left tackle, opting to move him to the right side, which was the wrong choice. Fans, and analysts all knew Flowers' best chance of success would've been for him to move to one of the guard spots. Instead, Flowers would start two games at right tackle before being benched and cut.

After this, Flowers would have three solid seasons with Washington and the Dolphins playing, you guessed it, offensive guard. It was clear from the start that Flowers needed to be moved inside, but the Giants simply never gave him a chance. While this doesn't change the fact that he's a bust, it's still unfortunate that he was never put in the best chance to succeed.