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LT's 1981 voted best Giants Draft Class

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Lawrence Taylor and the Class of 1981 won the Giants Draft Class Challenge

PHOTOS: CLASS OF 1981 GALLERY
There is no stopping Lawrence Taylor.

Not then. Not now.

The Giants’ 1981 draft class, headlined by the iconic linebacker, has been officially voted the best in franchise history and crowned champion of the "Draft Class Challenge" on Giants.com.

VIEW: FINAL BRACKET & RESULTS >>

Throughout the month of March and into April, we at Giants.com hosted a bracket challenge to determine once and for all which draft class the fans feel is best in franchise history. Beginning with a pool of 16, fans voted round by round each week, whittling the bracket down to eight and then the semifinals, which consisted of 1981 (L.T., Billy Ard, Byron Hunt) vs. 2003 (Osi Umenyiora, David Diehl, David Tyree), and 1984 (Carl Banks, William Roberts, Jeff Hostetler, Gary Reasons) vs. 2005 (Corey Webster Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs).

The two classes from the 1980s prevailed, and in a tight championship race, 1981 edged out 1984, 53-47 percent. To get there, 1981 knocked out 2004 (72-28 percent), 1956 (81-19), and 2003 in the semifinals (67-33).

Here is your winning class of the inaugural Giants.com Draft Class Challenge:

RD SEL # PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 2 Lawrence Taylor LB North Carolina
2 32 Dave Young TE Purdue
3 59 John Mistler WR Arizona State
4 85 Cliff Chatman RB Central Oklahoma
5 115 Bill Neill NT Pittsburgh
6 145 Melvin Hoover WR Arizona State
6 165 Edward O'Neal -- Tuskegee
7 168 Louis Jackson RB Cal Poly-S.L.O.
8 197 John Powers -- Michigan
8 207 Mark Reed QB Morehead State
8 221 Billy Ard G Wake Forest
9 224 Byron Hunt LB Southern Methodist
10 250 Mike Barker -- Grambling State
12 307 Mike Maher -- Western Illinois
NOTES:
-Lawrence Taylor: Hall of Fame (1999), 8x First-Team All-Pro, 10x Pro Bowl, 2x Super Bowl champion
-Billy Ard: XXI, 113 GP, 106 GS
-Byron Hunt: XXI, 100 GP

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