The New York Giants have been a bit of a disaster across the board over the past few seasons.
This year, they enter the NFL Draft with two top-seven picks, including their own and Chicago’s first-rounder. They also have an extra third and fifth-round pick, thanks to a couple of trades with Miami and Baltimore.
Needless to say, the 2022 draft was a real opportunity for the Giants to help themselves out.
Giants NFL Draft Picks 2022
- Round 1, Pick 5 (5th Overall): Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
- Round 1, Pick 7 (7th Overall): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
- Round 2, Pick 11 (43rd Overall): Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
- Round 3, Pick 3 (67th Overall): Joshua Ezeudu, G, North Carolina
- Round 3, Pick 17 (81st Overall): Cordale Flott, CB, LSU
- Round 4, Pick 7 (112th Overall): Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
- Round 4, Pick 9 (114th Overall): Dane Belton, S, Iowa
- Round 5, Pick 3 (146th Overall): Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
- Round 5, Pick 4 (147th Overall): DJ Davidson, DT, Arizona State
- Round 5, Pick 30 (173rd Overall): Marcus McKethan, G, North Carolina
- Round 6, Pick 3 (182nd Overall): Darian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati
The Giants came into this one with 11 draft picks. They nailed their first two picks, pairing Kayvon Thibodeaux with the best tackle in the class in Evan Neal. Granted, it’s hard to miss on these top picks, but the Giants started out just perfectly.
Picking up Kenny Golladay last year in free agency sounded great at the time, but he was a massive disappointment last season. Drafting Wan’Dale Robinson out of Kentucky should help New York, but we’ll see how this wide receiver group shapes up after drafting Kadarius Toney in Round 1 last year.
Daniel Bellinger fills a glaring need for the Giants at the tight end position after losing Evan Engram to the Jaguars. Bellinger is a big target with strong hands and could be a safe option up the seam for Daniel Jones to lean on. He has the potential to step in and become a starter immediately.
Overall, I think the Giants made out very nicely in this draft. Yes, they had two top-seven picks and those are tough to miss on, but they nailed them and pretty much all their Day 1 and Day 2 picks. After that, they landed some nice value and they addressed several positions of need, albeit they have plenty of positions they needed to improve at.
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Note: The Giants NFL Draft predictions below were published before the 2022 NFL Draft.
Giants NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022
- Round 1, Pick 5 (5th Overall): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
- Round 1, Pick 7 (7th Overall): Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
- Round 2, Pick 4 (36th Overall): Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
- Round 3, Pick 3 (67th Overall): Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
- Round 3, Pick 17 (81st Overall): Lecitus Smith, OG, Virginia Tech
More Possible Giants Draft Targets: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Personally, I’m not a huge believer in the Giants targeting a quarterback in this draft, but it’s not out of the question. Daniel Jones has shown some promise at times, but has also struggled greatly at other times.
Many analysts are starting to predict that Malik Willis could go in the first few picks, and I’m not against it by any means. Considering the amount of picks that the Giants have and how early they are, you never know, but Willis could be someone on the Giants radar.
Pre-Draft Giants Team Needs 2022
The biggest glaring need for this team is their offensive line. Outside of Andrew Thomas, this offensive line was arguably the worst in the NFL in 2021 and will be again in 2022 if they don’t do something soon.
This rookie class has a ton of offensive line talent, and assuming the Giants don’t trade back with all their draft capital, it’s hard to imagine them not taking an OL with at least one of their first two picks.
Billy Price was traded to the Giants from the Cincinnati Bengals back in August, which means he went from one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL to another. Still, the Giants have massive holes and need help on the offensive line in the worst way.
Guard or center, take your pick here, but the Giants need to address both positions.
3. Wide Receiver
One of the Giants’ biggest duds last year had to be Kenny Golladay. Between Golladay and rookie Kadarius Toney — many people, including myself, believe Toney was drafted way too high last year — this group of receivers was one of the worst in the league.
Neither Golladay nor Toney caught a touchdown pass last season, and outside of these two, there really aren’t any pass-catchers on the Giants now that Evan Engram is in Jacksonville.
Giants May Also Consider Drafting: Offensive Tackle, Cornerback, Quarterback