Stories of the year, No. 5: Barden drafted by Giants in third round

Ramses Barden went from being the big fish in a little pond to the other way around.

The former Cal Poly wide receiver, who holds virtually all major school receiving records, was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the NFL Draft on April 26.

Barden was taken with the 86th pick overall, making him the second-highest player to be selected from Cal Poly. (Defensive end Chris Gocong was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 71st pick in 2006.)

The Giants drafted the 6-foot-6 Barden likely hoping he could develop into a replacement for the also-physically imposing Plaxico Burress, whom the Giants released shortly after he shot himself in a New York nightclub.

“Ramses has done well,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning told reporters during training camp. “He is catching everything, but I think he has a great feel for what is going on — that’s what I am most impressed with. He kind of gets things, which is what you normally don’t see from a rookie.”

While Barden impressed teammates and coaches during training camp, it hasn’t resulted in a lot of playing time during the regular season.Barden has been active for just two games during his rookie season, recording no statistics in wins over Dallas and Tampa Bay in Weeks 2 and 3.