The 2022 NFL Draft will very important for the New York Giants to try to right the ship after a disappointing season. The Giants will have two first-round picks in the top 10. The decisions that they make in April can change the franchise for the better. Here is my first mock draft for the Giants, who possess nine picks:
Pick #5: EDGE George Karlaftis, Purdue
The Greece native is one of the most powerful defensive ends in the nation that adds impressive shedding techniques along with his raw power. He is not far off from players like Aiden Hutchinson or Kayvon Thibodeaux, though might not be as reactive as them. His hand usage is arguably the best in the draft. His precision striking, speed, and technical skills make him worthy of a top 5 pick.
The 6-Foot-4 Boilermaker showed a lot of promise his freshman year becoming a first-team freshman All-American. He has maximized his full potential as a junior that including a 90.6 pass-rush grade this season.
Pick #8 (Via Chicago): C Tyler Linerbaum, Iowa
Linderbaum went from defensive tackle to the best Center in all of college football in two years.
He switched to center in 2019, where he recorded the fifth-best grade in FBS at the position (81.7). Linderbaum claimed the No. 1 spot in 2020 and 2021, closing out his fourth and last year by tying for the single-season PFF grade from a Power Five center (94.4).
Pick #36: OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa
Penning is an excellent run-blocker that can move defenders with ease. He plays in a calm and composed manner, along with excellent footwork. Penning is not the most athletic but has proven that he can block in space. He is 6-foot-7, 321 pounds, making him one of the bigger offensive linemen in the draft.
Pick #67: TE Trey McBride, Colorado State
If McBride falls into the Giants’ laps it could be one of the biggest steals in the draft. With the Giants likely moving on from Evan Engram, McBride can take over that starting role immediately. He is a productive pass-catcher that can block, which is something Engram struggled with as a Giant. He was also honored as the best TE in the nation in his senior season.
Pick #79 (Via Miami): S Brandon Joseph, Northwestern
Current Giants’ Safety Jabrill Peppers will be a free agent this offseason and it is unclear if he will get resigned. Joseph has outstanding length and size at the position, which he uses to his advantage. He can cover tight-ends thanks to his athleticism and size. Joseph also displays good range in the back end and has outstanding ball skills to make plays. Sometimes he can be fooled by misdirections and counters, but that can be fixed.
Pick #110 (Via Chicago): LB Quay Walker, Georgia
Walker has good speed and range. His athleticism makes him excel at rushing the quarterback. He is also good in coverage, using his length to break up passes. The Giants linebackers this season struggled in coverage, Walker’s addition can greatly help.
Pick #145: DL Zachary Carter, Florida
Carter is versatile enough to play multiple techniques at the defensive linemen position. He poses more as a pass-rushing threat than the traditional defensive lineman, but still contributes as a run defender.
Pick #170 (Via KC): LB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin
Chenal can be a starter in the NFL if he continues to work his coverage skills. He is a massive linebacker who is light on his feet. His size and speed, combined with his run-stopping ability, make him a promising prospect.
Pick #182: OG Cole Strange, Chattanooga
Strange has the skill set to be effective in the passing and running game. He has persistent leg drive and has the power to move defenders. Further, Strange maintains a wide base and keeps his feet moving through contact. Majority of his college career, he did face lower-level competition, but he dominated regularly. When he did face better competition, he has proven he can be effective.
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