Giants beef up both sides of the ball
With the New York Giants now having two first round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, any mock you read will show just that.
ESPN NFL Daft analyst Todd McShay has released his early 2022 mock draft and has the Giants taking defensive end Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan with the 8th overall pick.
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Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
The Giants get back-to-back picks here, and we’ll start them off with a pass-rusher. I loved the value of getting edge rusher Azeez Ojulari in the second round last week, but I’d like to see more on that defensive front. Enter Hutchinson, who was creeping up my 2021 board before suffering a fractured leg in November and returning to school for another season. He’s 6-foot-6 and 269 pounds, and he had 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 2019.
Then with the 9th overall pick, the Giants are taking Alabama offensive lineman Evan Neal.
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Evan Neal, OT/G, Alabama*
In order to move up to draft Justin Fields in Round 1 last week, the Bears sent New York their first-rounder — and it could end up being a good one. After going defense at No. 8, the Giants can look to the offensive line at No. 9. Neal is versatile, with 13 starts at right tackle and 13 at left guard, and he’s 6-foot-7 and 360 pounds. There are plenty of spots up for grabs along that line, which should be the next area of focus on offense for the Giants.
Right now these picks would make sense for the Giants, but by the time we get around to the 2022 NFL Draft things will likely be a lot different.
For one, It would be great if the Giants end up with two top-ten picks, but I have a hard time believing that will happen. Also if quarterback Daniel Jones proves that he’s not good enough to be a franchise quarterback, I think the Giants will be trading up for a quarterback or using one of the top-10 picks on one.
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