With the NFL draft season in full swing, we take a look at two different mock drafts for the New York Giants. With their first pick of 2nd round #35 overall, they go with RB Duke Johnson Jr out of Miami(FL). In Round 3 (pick 87), the Giants fill one of their needs by selecting WR Christian Kirk from Texas A&M.
The New York Giants will be one of the most important teams in the NFL draft’s first two days in 2022. In the first three rounds, the team has five choices, which will mark the beginning of the new Brian Daboll-led era in New Jersey. Big Blue’s plans are beginning to take form with the draft less than two weeks away, which means it’s time for the three-round New York Giants mock draft 2.0.
Mock Draft 1.0 for the New York Giants
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The G Men selected an offensive tackle, an edge rusher, and then filled in around the field with a tight end, linebacker, and another offensive lineman in the most recent Sportscasting.com three-round New York Giants mock draft. This was how the mock draft looked:
- Evan Neal, OT, Alabama, 1st round, No. 5 overall
- Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida Stata, Round 1, No. 7 overall
- Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia (Round 2, No. 36 overall)
- Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma, 3rd round, No. 67 overall
- Dohnovan West, C, Arizona State, 3rd round, No. 81 overall
In terms of necessity, not much has changed since the previous New York Giants mock draft. What’s different now is that the draft board has become more visible. To attain the places they want in Round 1, the Giants will have to change up their tactics a little. Also, pro days and visits are now complete, resulting in the mock’s greatest surprise in Round 2.
Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon, Round 1, No. 5 overall
In my most recent New York Giants mock draft, I predicted that the club will prioritize offensive linemen over pass rushers. However, as the draft world evolves, corporations’ tactics must evolve as well. As it becomes increasingly likely that Aidan Hutchinson and Trayvon Walker will be selected first and second, the Giants will have to change course and prioritize an edge player.
Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux was the top prospect in the draft at the conclusion of the college football season. Thibodeaux’s stock has suffered throughout the selection process as a result of worries regarding his effort and polish.
Teams are falling back in love with the rusher’s 6-foot-5, 258-pound physique, 4.58-second 40-yard sprint time, superior agility, and 19 sacks in college now that the draft has arrived. The Giants are at their finest when they have strong pass-rushers coming off the edge, and Thibodeaux has the potential to be that player.
Evan Neal, OT, Alabama, Round 1, No. 7 overall
The Mock Draft 1.0 for the New York Giants started with the team taking massive Alabama tackle Evan Neal at No. 5. General manager Joe Schoen will have to change that plan a bit to ensure he gets one of the top pass-rushers, but it seems like, low and behold, Neal will still be there two picks later.
The Giants’ reasons for selecting the 6-foot-7, 337-pound Neal hasn’t altered, and neither will his selection. The offensive line in New York was a train disaster in 2021, so selecting a cornerstone tackle will help.
Neal has the size, athleticism, and technical knowledge required to become a top LT in the league. This is consistent with Schoen and Daboll’s long- and short-term objectives. In 2022, Neal will assist in providing quarterback Daniel Jones with every opportunity to succeed. If he doesn’t, Neal is the ideal player to assist in giving the next person an opportunity in 2023 and beyond.
Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina, second round, 36th overall
When it comes to Daniel Jones, here is where our New York Giants mock draft 2.0 departs from the original. Schoen and Daboll have said all that needs to be said about giving Jones a chance to succeed. They are, however, astute enough to see the need of having a backup plan.
UNC quarterback Sam Howell is the backup plan. It’s no secret that the Giants are interested in the 6-foot-1, 220-pound quarterback for the Tar Heels. The organization sent four coaches to Howell’s pro day, and if they liked what they saw, he might be the first overall choice.
The Giants would love to get Howell in the third, where he belongs, but it’s not going to happen. Different signal-callers may be at the top of each team’s rankings in a draft when no one quarterback is at the top of everyone’s board. If Howell is the top player on the board in the Meadowlands, the club will think picking him in Round 2 is a fair bargain.
Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma, 3rd round, No. 67 overall
Oklahoma LB Brian Asamoah is in the same place in the New York Giants mock draft 2.0 as he was in the 1.0 version. While some players have moved up and down draft boards in recent weeks, Asamoah has remained steady. He was a high third-round pick only a few weeks ago, and he remains such now.
And he still thinks the Giants are a good pick at No. 67.
Asamoah’s stature of 6-foot-226 pounds is the reason he is ranked third. Aside from that, he’s a sideline-to-sideline supporter who can fit into any plan and is constantly near the ball. He also possesses the speed to cover most of the league’s running backs and tight ends. To become a three-down great in the NFL, the former Sooner will need to gain weight, but for now, he can play in sub-packages and should be a game-breaker on special teams, which is a lot to like for a third-round choice.
Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina, 3rd round, No. 81 overall
Coastal Carolina’s Isaiah Likely (No. 4) is a pure F-tight end. He’s a mismatch in the passing game who will never be mistaken for an inline blocker. But watch him lead the way on this touchdown run. pic.twitter.com/pj44GRbW6z
— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) December 18, 2021
This New York Giants mock draft returns to the offensive side of the ball with the team’s second third-round choice in the hopes of assisting Daniel Jones. This summer, tight end Evan Engram signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as part of the team’s quarter-billion-dollar buying binge. Ricky Seals-Jones was signed by the Giants from Washington, although he’s more of a TE2.
Isaiah Likely of Coastal Carolina is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end who had a 59-catch, 912-yard, 12-touchdown season in 2021. In high school, he was a wide receiver, but with the Chanticleers, he developed into a tight end.
At the NFL level, he’ll need to bulk up and improve his blocking, but as a huge, pass-catching target, he’ll be ready to go right away. In high school, Likely scored five touchdowns of more than 50 yards, and he’ll bring his deep seam route and field-stretching ability to the Giants, which will allow the team’s excellent running back and receiver corps to operate in greater space.
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