New York Giants Pre Free Agency 2022 Seven Round Mock Draftby Charlie Parent March 1, 2022 0 comments
The New York Giants are entering their first offseason with a new regime. New general manager Joe Schoen and new head coach Brian Daboll are looking to add pieces to rebuild this squad. With two first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Giants have a huge opportunity to strike gold. In this mock, we’ll address some key needs for this team while also going with players who fell too far that New York just can’t pass up.
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Round 1, Pick 5: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Thibodeaux seems ever more likely to fall in this draft. If he were to end up on the board for the Giants, they would have to take him. Ikem Ekwonu went to the New York Jets one pick before, so addressing tackle wouldn’t give the Giants the value they get with Thibodeaux in the five-spot. Besides, they still have a pick two spots later to go after a tackle.
For more on Thibodeaux, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 1, Pick 7: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Upside is the name of the game for Penning. While New York needs instant help on their front-seven pretty badly, Penning is a guy who already has elite pass-protection skills but needs to improve in the run game. The only other option available was Charles Cross. However, Penning has a clear advantage over Cross. Other players the Giants could entertain here are inside linemen like Kenyon Green and Tyler Linderbaum.
For more on Penning, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 2, Pick 36: David Bell, WR, Purdue
It seems more and more likely that Bell falls out of the first round, but he is a prospect with top-tier talent. For starters, Bell has elite hands, something Giants receivers have not had for quite some time. He also gives a different type of receiver to the group as he’s a bit of a mix between Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney. Yes, the capital spent on this position core has been high over the last few years in New York. However, Bell is worth the selection in the second.
For more on Bell, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 3, Pick 67: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
If Muma is on the board for the Giants at 67, they must pull the trigger. This linebacking core has been subpar over the last few years, and Muma is one of the bigger sleepers in this entire draft. He’ll bring excellent run stuff ability, athleticism, and great underrated coverage skills to a defense that lands its first rookie in the third round.
For more on Muma, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 3, Pick 81: Cade Mays, iOL, Tennessee
There isn’t a set range yet on where Mays will go, and the Giants line is very desperate. The hope for Mays is to develop a year whilst getting some rotational snaps and hopefully becoming a serviceable starter on the inside for New York. Mays is a very safe bet here and has the looks like he can accomplish everything we just mentioned.
Round 4, Pick 110: Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
So far, the Giants are nailing this draft and getting great value while filling their needs. The same goes for picking up Ferguson. New York has tried to bolster the tight end position by adding on Kyle Rudolph last year, but neither he nor Evan Engram is a long-term answer at the position. Ferguson does a lot well while having few weaknesses and can be a solid weapon at Daniel Jones‘ disposal.
Round 5, Pick 146: Verone McKinley, SAF, Oregon
McKinley is a pure coverage safety and a good one at that. The Oregon product had six interceptions and six passes defended last season, leading him to be one of the top safeties in college football. New York will be able to develop McKinley fairly well, as he’s still young, and the Giants have had some nice safety products throughout the past few seasons.
Round 6, Pick 172: Joshua Williams, CB, Fayetteville State
Home run, pick alert! Williams is one of the most underrated players in the draft, and it showed at the Senior Bowl. He’s a physical, gritty corner who will fit right into a group composed of James Bradberry and Adoree Jackson. If mentored well, Williams has elite upside on this team. He is a steal at this point in and draft and the Giants can’t pass him up.
Round 6, Pick 180: Haskell Garrett, DT, Ohio State
Garrett probably will not fall this far, but if he does, the Giants get a steal yet again. Garrett will provide rotational help very early on in his career, along with the potential to grow into a greater role a couple of seasons down the road. He can pair up with Thibodeaux in learning from the older guys on this roster like Leonard Williams, Danny Shelton, and even Dexter Lawrence.
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