New York is in a pretty bad spot right now. Daniel Jones is just not the guy to lead this team back to the Super Bowl, and secondly, the Giants are without a head coach. This is why it is important for them to hit on both of their top 10 selections this year.
New general manager Joe Schoen can make a good first impression with a solid draft. Do not reach for a quarterback in a bad class. Just build your team, and then worry about the quarterback when the time comes.
There are no trades in this mock, so whatever picks the Giants have are what they have.
Let's rebuild the New York Giants.
Round 1, Pick 5: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Alabama OT Evan Neal is 6’7” 350 lbs. and making the move to LT this year. Also started at Guard as a true freshman.— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) June 24, 2021
Dude is a perfect fit for the Giants or anyone. pic.twitter.com/Vn0yn6KfSY
As a prospect, Neal is as good as an offensive lineman that you can get. Standing at 6-foot-7 and 351 pounds, Neal has the size and athleticism that will make him one of the top tackles in the league in just a few short years.
The Giants drafted a tackle inside the top five a few years ago in Andrew Thomas, and he is starting to come on nicely. However, if you have a chance to get two young tackles to protect whoever the next quarterback will be, you have to do it. For a long time, I had Neal going with the first pick, but with how top-heavy the pass rusher class is, Neal could slip to New York at five.
I am of the belief that you build your team and then get the quarterback. I also like when teams build up the offensive and defensive lines and then build outwards. A dominating offensive line that is young is also attractive for potential free agents.
Round 1, Pick 7: Derek Stingley Jr., DB, LSU
Like the Neal pick, the Giants are letting the draft come to them, and they may have grabbed two of the best prospects in this draft.
Stingley burst onto the scene as a true freshman during that magical 2019 season for LSU. He only played three games in 2021 and only seven games in the 2020 season, but when you have a talent like this, you don't need to "see him play more."
His athleticism, ball skills, and length make him the prototypical NFL corner. Stingley is the type of player that will change the culture in the secondary. Even though the Giants' secondary is solid, if you can add a talent like Stingley, you should do it every time.
Round 2, Pick 36: Logan Hall, EDGE, Houston
New York missed out on the top-tier pass-rushers in this mock, but they scoop up one of the more versatile defensive linemen in the draft. He is fast off the snap, has tremendous power, and his quick hands allow him to utilize multiple pass-rush techniques.
He can rely on his 6-foot-6, 280-pound frame a little too often, but if you give this guy a full summer of coaching at the NFL level, he has all the potential to be the steal of the draft.
Round 3, Pick 67: Damone Clark, LB, LSU
The second LSU Tiger I have the Giants selecting is one of the most athletically gifted players in this draft. The problem is that he will get lost on the field at times, and in coverage, he needs a lot of retooling.
However, his size and athleticism will make him an interesting prospect. Outside of his struggles in space, he is a rock-solid athlete. He checks all the boxes when it comes to his measurables. The question is, can he refine his game?
Round 3, Pick 81: Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
Skyy Moore: Highest-graded MAC WR in 2021 (91.6) 🙌 pic.twitter.com/k5cP26k76D— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 27, 2022
I know that drafting a wide receiver out of the MAC is not the sexiest thing, but Moore is a very undervalued prospect. Sure, he is undersized and not very physical, but he can easily be a 4.3 40 guy at the combine, and his acceleration after the catch is already at an elite level.
Drafting speedsters is like wishing to wake up with a million dollars in the bank. You know it probably won't work out, but wouldn't it be cool if it did? I am not saying that Moore can't be great in the NFL, but he is a true slot receiver. You can get him involved anywhere on the field, despite his size.
He has a very fluid motion on the field and is one of the most dangerous players in the open field. I am a MACtion superfan, so I watched a lot of this kid. He possesses that "wow" factor, but the reason he is a third-round talent is that he doesn't do a lot outside of being fast as hell.
Either way, the Giants need to come out of this draft with a playmaker for the offense, and there is a lot of value with more at this pick.
Round 4, Pick 108: Cade Otton, TE, Washington
I hate how much the Washington offense hindered Cade Otton. Kid can play. pic.twitter.com/0vn6ithJ7V— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) January 13, 2022
The Giants are not going to keep giving Evan Engram chances, and it might be time to move on. There are a lot of interesting tight end prospects in this draft, and Otton is one of them.
He is not an athletic player with the ball in his hands, and he does not have any separating speed, but he is as sure-handed as you can get, and he can align both in the backfield or outside.
His blocking is his best trait, and many scouts have raved about how smart he is on the field. Otton is not going to be a pro-bowl type of player, but he is very solid, and he fills a need. If anything, he can serve as a great TE2 for the Giants.
Round 5, Pick 145: Tyrese Robinson, IOL, Oklahoma
Robinson did not do himself any favors this last season, but he still possesses all the tools to make him worth a pick.
Oklahoma's offensive line was unbelievably bad last season, and Robinson's stock took a hit because of that. He has all the physical traits, but his football IQ is what makes him worth taking in the fifth round. If anything, Robinson can serve as a depth piece for a shaky New York offensive line.
Round 5, Pick 173: Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State
Purdy has NFL traits, but at the end of the day, he is just not good enough to be a full-time starter. He is not very good at passing downfield, doesn't respond well to pressure, and his mechanics need tuning up.
However, I am a big fan of drafting quarterbacks with later-round picks. There is no pressure to start them, and you can mold them how you want. Purdy does have a decent arm and he can read a defense at a high level already. A couple of years learning the NFL game would do him some good.
Round 6, Pick 181: Reed Blankenship, DB, Middle Tennessee
Instincts, quickness, and size make Blankenship a great football player. But, missed tackles, overaggressiveness, and the tendency to get lost make him a day three pick.
Like a lot of players that fall this far, he has all the traits, but he just needs to learn to play football at the NFL level. Again, this is a developmental pick, and the Giants could get him involved early because of his athleticism.
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